Just Urban Economies

The Just Urban Economies Program accelerates social innovation in and from marginalized communities in the United States by:

  1. Co-creating a reference model for operationalizing economic democracy in New York City (DO);

  2. Building a network of practitioners across the United States for experimentation, learning, co-creation, coordination, leveraging CoLab’s international networks (LINK)

  3. Using community-driven learning and communications to identify what works in the field, develop popular education tools, and build a structural analysis of economic democracy (THINK)



A model for how to operationalize economic democracy and self-determination among marginalized communities in the New York City region

Working with local stakeholders as a core partner of the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative, JUE is co-developing six infrastructure projects necessary to build an ecosystem for economic democracy in the Bronx.  We are building this economic development model that creates shared wealth, ownership and governance for low-income people of color as a living example for others who seek to transform the economy.


A series of interconnected networks for coordination and shared analysis among people and organizations across the United States to facilitate learning, diffusion of ideas, movement building, and collective action

JUE is building multiple, overlapping networks of practitioners and marginalized communities working toward economic democracy and self-determination as beachheads of resistance.  We support the Mel King Community Fellowship program, including a cohort of legislators of color from the Bronx and Central Brooklyn and a transnational practitioners’ cohort, as well as the Economic Democracy Project.


Documentation, evaluation, structural analysis, and communication of lessons learned from economic democracy experiments within and beyond our networks

To develop more sophisticated strategy for and implementation of responses to oppression, JUE uses participatory methods to document and evaluate our reference model and to assist members of our networks to do the same with their models.  We convert these learnings into accessible media and popular education tools, to disseminate ideas across our networks, and connect to existing knowledge on regional planning and development, gentrification and displacement, network building, and other processes in urban political economy.