Founding Fellows

Michael H. Shuman

Michael H. Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and one of the world’s leading experts on community economics. He has authored, coauthored, or edited eight books. His most recent book, published by Chelsea Green, is Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Move Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity. His previous book, The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition (Berrett-Koehler, 2006), received a bronze prize from the Independent Publishers Association for best business book of 2006. He helped co-found Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), which represents 30,000 local businesses in North America in 80 communities, and is now a Fellow there. A prolific speaker, Shuman has given an average of more than one invited talk per week, mostly to local governments and universities, for the past 30 years. He has lectured in almost every U.S. state and eight countries. Read more about Michael Shuman on his website.


The Latest Trends in Sustainable Communities (Solutions Journal)
Move Your Startup to St. Louis, Get $50,000 (Bloomberg Businessweek)


Creating a Community Investment Fund – A Local Food Approach: A project of Cutting Edge Capital, sponsored by the Solidago Foundation & Lydia B. Stokes Foundation, this handbook written by CEC fellow Michael Shuman, with contributions from Jeff Rosen and Tom Willits, aims to help communities  create their own investment funds.

Marjorie Kelly

Marjorie is author of the book Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution, published by Berrett-Koehler, which looks at how companies are using the design of ownership to preserve social mission over the long term. She is co-founder of Corporation 20/20, an initiative to envision and advocate enterprise designs that integrate social, environmental, and financial aims. Marjorie authored the Ford Foundation report “Keeping Wealth Local,” exploring alternative ownership designs used in rural areas. Marjorie was co-founder and for 20 years president of Business Ethics magazine. She is author of The Divine Right of Capital (Berrett-Koehler, 2001), named one of Library Journal’s Ten Best Business Books of the Year. Her writings and op-eds have appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including Harvard Business Review, Strategy and Business, Chief Executive, Boston Globe, and San Francisco Chronicle.

Click here to read more about Marjorie Kelly and her book.


The Economy: Under New Ownership (Yes Magazine)


Owning Our Future: Community-Based Ownership as a Critical Core Element for Economic Development for Wealth Creation and Rural Livelihoods


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