Cleveland Owns

Power through collective ownership

About us


Cleveland Owns is an incubator that equips groups to build wealth and power through collective ownership.

We believe who owns what matters. To build an equitable city, we must have an equitable distribution of ownership.

In a Cleveland owned by its residents, everyone has a stake in businesses and commercial real estate and other productive assets. Groups of workers and neighbors prosper alongside the city, and have the power to exercise control over what affects them.

As more people own assets that appreciate in value, we'll shrink the ownership gap, which is inextricably tied to the racial and gender wealth gaps. This is one step towards addressing the historical and present-day effects of white supremacy, patriarchy, and an economic system built on exploitation and extraction.


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  •  3/24/2021 09:54 PM

Our ED Jonathan is joining some stellar Cleveland leaders, including Sam from The BC, to discuss how community ownership of solar promotes environmental justice.

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  •  3/15/2021 01:38 PM

A new video out this week highlights our partnership with Legal Aid.

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  •  3/5/2021 11:48 AM

We must build a digital commons owned by Clevelanders that ensures high-speed free access to wireless internet as a 21st century human right for everyone, everywhere in the city, all the time.

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  •  2/15/2021 10:47 AM

Earlier this month our ED, Jonathan, joined Sam of The BC in Hough on a statewide panel about community solar in Ohio.

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What we do


What we do
We support groups of workers and neighbors as they seeks to turn what they have into what they need to demand their share of the region’s prosperity.

Our work touches on food access, digital equity, collective purchasing for nonprofit organizations, and energy democracy, which you can read more about here. The common thread for all our work is building new, democratic institutions controlled directly by the people their serve.



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