Current Projects

Collective Economics
My latest passion is collective and cooperatives economics. When members of the community come together to create solutions to their problems, they are able to multiply the human, intellectual, and financial resources within that community. Government and Charity-based solutions to economic injustice, and community disenfranchisement are limited and flawed. Any community that has to rely upon third party interventions to fulfill its basic needs will never be able to sustain itself. To that end, I have begun to focus much of my intellectual and professional exploration on learning more about cooperative and collective wealth models and how to implement them in disenfranchised communities. 
East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative, Inc
This is truly my "passion project". The East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative is based in the belief that when people come together in collective action we can create real change. While we may not, as individuals, have the power to stop the tide of displacement caused by gentrification in our communities, we can have a significant impact through collective action.  East Bay PREC is working to create a model that will allow community members to more readily collectivize to acquire land and real estate in a manner that is accessible, sustainable, and preserves affordability. 

 The Care Revolution
This is the working title for a research project in which I will explore cooperative and collective organizational models as an alternative to the present charity-based model of care provision.  At the root of this shift is a call for a more collective and reciprocal ethic of care than what we presently employ. The traditional charity-based model of care provision relies largely on the altruism of individual care laborers and funders. Our society’s beliefs about “caregiving”, which I prefer to call “care labor”, arise out of an ethic of care in which caregiving is posited as women’s work (an idea that largely persists into the modern era). It was/ is believed that this work is a woman’s "natural" role.  Within this paradigm care is something to be "given" by a person and "taken" by the receiver, often as free and unacknowledged labor. Even as caregiving started to move out of the home/ family unit it was still considered to be the work of women who would presumably be financially dependent on men. Often this work was done as low wage labor or on a voluntary basis by wealthy "ladies". While the market for care has changed significantly and there is a rather large market for care labor, our underlying attitudes have not shifted; we still view care labor as natural or as an altruistic calling. This creates an untenable situation in which we expect care laborers to provide both excellent and selfless care at low wages and with little incentive.

We, The Village 
I have been working as an independent non-profit consultant for the last couple of years and have become increasigly certain that the charity-based sector cannot provide disenfranchised communities with the tools and resurces that they need to sustain themselves. I have sepnt my entire career within the non-profit sector and so was simply unfamiliar with alternatives. Through my affiliation with Impact Hub Oakland , I became more familiar with the ways that people in the for-profit sector are creating mission-centered businesses using non-extractive methods. I needed to know more and so I took a business accelerator course with  Uptima Business Bootcamp . Throygh this course and my work with the People of Color Sustainable Housing Network, I have started to better understand the amazing, and largely untapped, potential that cooperative and collective models can offer to empower disenfranchised communities. As a part of the course we were asked to design a prototype of a potential business venture. We, The Village is the concept that came out of that work.