Sarah McKinley, Director of European Programs for The Democracy Collaborative, is this week’s guest on Everything Co-op


Sarah McKinley, Director of European Programs for The Democracy Collaborative and the European Representative for the Next System Project, will appear on Everything Co-op on Thursday, March 19. A weekly exploration of the impact and potential of the cooperative business model, Everything Co-op aims to generate interest in and support for the cooperative movement.

Hosted by Vernon Oakes and conversational in format, the show is streamed live at every Thursday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. EDT. Everything Co-op also airs live in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area on WOL 1450 AM—Radio One’s premiere talk radio station.

This week, Vernon and Sarah will discuss the role cities have played in the development of cooperative enterprises.

During her time at The Democracy Collaborative, Sarah has managed the Learning/Action Lab for Community Wealth Building, a multi-year initiative supported by the Northwest Area Foundation, assisting five organizations in Indian Country to create social enterprises and employee-owned companies. She supported the publication of An Indigenous Approach to Community Wealth Building: A Lakota Translation and co-authored Cities Building Community WealthThe Anchor Dashboard: Aligning Institutional Practice to Meet Low-Income Community Needs, and Raising Student Voices: Student Action for University Community Investment.

She has a background in community development and has worked with community development organizations at different levels, including with the Greater Southwest development Corporation, a Chicago-based community development corporation, and the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations in Washington, DC.

While earning her master’s degree in urban and regional planning at Cornell University, Sarah was a co-author and coordinator of “A People’s Plan for New Orleans,” a bottom-up community development plan for the 9th Ward after Hurricane Katrina. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban History from the University of Chicago.

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