what makes places thrive, and the role of culture and ecological thinking in this
Urban Economy Forum is an international non-profit organization with an overall aim to promote the interest and awareness of global urban challenges and human settlement issues. UEF seeks to strengthen the financial capacities of cities and to help bridge the gap between the private and public sectors in addressing housing and infrastructure challenges. UEF, based in Toronto, has partnerships with UN-Habitat and the Government of Canada.
When the city government of Richmond, Virginia, established the country’s first Office of Community Wealth Building in 2014 , we were pretty excited here at The Democracy Collaborative, and not only because University of Richmond professor Thad Williamson, our former colleague and co-author, with our co-founder Gar Alperovitz, of Making a Place for Community, had been tapped to set up the office. It was also an important milestone for our work as advocates for “community wealth building.” Using