Can democracy just consist of voting at the ballot box when we spend much of our time living under a dictatorship at the workplace? Increasingly, Americans are saying no. Under the radar, many are creating collective, cooperative kinds of economic institutions that aren’t your usual capitalist top-down enterprise. About 13 million Americans are in companies with some form of worker ownership. At least 40 percent of American society — 130 million people — are involved in co-ops and credit unions.
These developments were the subject of the second annual “Community Wealth Building” conference on Sept. 27 at the Anschutz Medical Campus of the University of Colorado in Aurora. Host committee members included The Denver Foundation, Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Co-Operate Colorado and the Anschutz Community Campus Partnership.
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