Founder and Executive Director , The Working World
New York, NY
- Equitable Finance
- Small Business Development
Brendan Martin is founder and director of The Working World, a cooperative financial institution and business incubator based in the U.S., Argentina, and Nicaragua. Out of experience supporting the “recovered factory” phenomenon in Argentina, The Working World financial institution and its methods of non-extractive finance and just-in-time “evergreen” credit were born. Since then, The Working World has demonstrated that grassroots cooperative movements can be economically viable and that finance can be non-extractive and subservient to people, yet still be solvent. Brendan is a 2009 Ashoka fellow, a two-time Ashoka Globalizer, a nominated Prime Mover, and a frequent speaker on the solidarity and cooperative economy. He was born in Washington, D.C., and currently lives in New York City.