The Backbone of Sustainable Infrastructure: Cooperative Ownership & Public Banks


Ivan Frishberg, First Vice President of Sustainability, Amalgamated Bank
Walt McRae, Public Banking Institute
Joan Bartl, Public Banking Institute


Conventional business models and financial institutions have proven deeply inadequate to build sustainable economies, infrastructure, or communities. The most positively disruptive models extant to replace these outmoded modalities are Community Owned Cooperatives (COCs) and Public Banks (PBs). Delegates to this Workshop will learn how these institutions work, why they are successful, and how to implement these models in their own communities.

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