Content from Della's platforms, including Wise Economy Workshop, Econogy, the American Independent Business Alliance, and Engaging Cities. Topics include innovations in economic development and community revitalization, urban planning, experiential learning, kick-starting innovation, civic technology, open data and public engagement.
Nonprofits and local public policy with Theodora Skeadas, Cambridge Local First
Local nonprofits often feel like they are at the mercy of elected officials and city staff, and they often feel that their nonprofit status and their minimal staff prevents them from being able to do much of anything - other than respond in a crisis.
None of that needs to happen.
In this interview, I talk with Theodora Skeadas, Executive Director of Cambridge Local First in Cambridge, Mass. about how her organization is advising and collaborating with elected officials and city staff. And they are doing that despite the fact that they have no full time staff!
Supporting New Majority businesses with Kemo Aakhutera, March 2021
How can we best help the next generation of entrepreneurs? Perhaps not the way you think. Kemo drops truth and shares some of the insights that formed Trep House. You won't think about capital the same way again!
Rethinking Urbanism with the Black Urbanist
We all have a lot to learn and to do right when it comes to how the environments we build impact the people who live there. Join Della and Kristen to talk about the unintended (and sometimes intended) ways that city design and city policy impact people who do not fall within the majority’s narrow bands. Having worked and written on these issues for more than 10 years, Kristen’s voice shows many of us what we have not seen, but must understand and act upon.
Community-based Economic Development with Nick OBrien
We often want to think that creating the kind of community where people can do great things requires fancy buildings, and cool cafes, and street art and the like. But Wisconsin’s Nick O’Brien has been building exactly those kinds of communities in places that don’t have these — and getting impressive results. Join us while we explore community-building in a whole new way, leveraging the power of people in collaboration to get transformation going
Beating reopening anxiety with a little Hopscotch
What can a small business owner do now, when their markets and channels and all their old assumptions have been thrown into chaos?mugshot
Answer? They can play their way to a new strategy, a new tribe and a renewed sense of purpose. Join Della and Jaime Izurieta of Storefront Mastery as we explore a new strategy for evaluating and planning for the future of any small business, building from the factors that made someone work and fight for that business in the first place. And we’ll hear the story of the businesses that started the Hopscotch — a struggling bookstore in a desperately struggling country that found renewed purpose and new opportunities.
What We’re Missing: the unique challenges facing Black and low-income entrepreneurs and businesses
Being an entrepreneur or business owner is hard, and being a Black entrepreneur or business owner can be even harder. And if you come from a background with little income or family wealth, even seemingly small challenges can derail you. We will explore the outsized importance of coaching and training, what microlending requires and why that’s so neccessary and so hard for conventional banks to do, and more. You don’t want to miss this conversation with one of the few organizations in the US that provides business training and coaching and microfinance lending for low-income entrepreneurs and small business owners.