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Reports & Publications
January 25, 2017

Woodstock Institute Report: Patterns of Disparity

Woodstock Institute’s recently released report, "Patterns of Disparity: Small Business Lending in the Chicago and Los Angeles-San Diego Regions," examines the effects of disparate access to traditional bank small business loans in Chicago as…

From the President
October 26, 2016

Living Cities Blog: Entrepreneurs and Poverty

One of the great clichés of American life is that entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of the U.S. economy. There are indeed millions of entrepreneurs that shape nearly every facet of our lives. And yet, for people of color who live in our poorest…

What We're Learning
May 6, 2016

Moving Beyond Job Creation

Since the end of the Great Recession, almost 12 million jobs have been created — but most have been in low-wageoccupations and at places like strip malls and fast-food restaurants. Average wages for working Americans have dropped 23 percent.…

Reports & Publications
April 20, 2016

Ours to Share: How Worker-Ownership Can Change the American Economy

"Ours to Share," a new report published by the Surdna Foundation, examines worker-owned firms and analyzes their potential to create a productive, stable and equitable economy as compared with traditionally structured firms. The need for this…

What We're Learning
March 17, 2016

Ours to Share: How Worker-Ownership Can Change the American Economy

Since the 2007 financial meltdown, we have seen firsthand the disruptive power of rising inequality and economic volatility. The Great Recession brought to the forefront the need for inclusive, sustainable growth and economic security for all. At…

What We're Learning
March 17, 2016

Report: Slicing the Budget Pie for Big Business

A detailed analysis of economic development budgets in three diverse states—Florida, Missouri, and New Mexico—finds that at least 68 percent of overall state economic development spending goes to large companies and programs that support those…