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Meet Common Future’s brilliant policy entrepreneurs.

In the Summer of 2022, Common Future launched a policy incubator — an open and collaborative think and do tank — modeling a new way of working and resourcing game-changing economic policy ideas. Alongside our first cohort of Policy Entrepreneurs — brilliant leaders and innovators in the economic policy realm — we’re sharing our insights…

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Exciting News: Uncharted is Joining Forces with Common Future!

Since 2001, we’ve been on a mission to build economic power and wealth in communities most adversely impacted by racial and economic injustice. This includes incubating and funding innovative ideas that build local power and wealth in marginalized communities. And today we’re thrilled to share the next chapter in Common Future’s story, and the next…

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Common Future is Awarded the 2022 Skoll Award for Social Innovation

Our organization has come a long way. Once outsiders as first-time attendees of the Skoll World Forum, three years later we are recipients of the prestigious 2022 Skoll Award for Social Innovation. We join a community of fellow awardees, past and present, who are tackling the most pressing issues of our time around the world. They…

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Lending On Character, Not Credit Scores

by Chris Winters, YES! Magazine Traditionally, support for small businesses comes from organizations like Community Development Financial Institutions, or CDFIs, which have long been seen as a way to invest in historically excluded communities. But CDFIs, many of which are federally chartered, are still part of the mainstream banking economy, which means they need to meet…

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How We’re Making Sure Economic Policy Solutions Are More Inclusive, By Design

What might it look like if community leaders co-developed the economic policies that impacted their work? or two decades, Common Future has been identifying, resourcing, and developing economic innovations alongside a network of 200+ community leaders who are pioneering transformative work around access to capital and the ownership of assets. These solutions include things like building more inclusive pathways…

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How can we build a future that works for more people?

What We Believe At Common Future, we believe in a world where people, no matter their race or ethnicity, have the power to live in self-determined communities; owning, transforming and creating economies that best serve their interests. At the local level, this might look like equitable access to capital, participation in democratically governed funds, or…

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