• Institute for Cooperative Economics & Economic Innovation

  • About

    Institute for Cooperative Economics and Economic Innovation (ICE) is a social lab and convening entity whose primary purpose is to educate, assist, and advocate for the expansion of cooperative economic models and other innovative economic development concepts that diversify and expand the economic eco-system. These models include: worker-owned cooperatives, housing cooperatives, community land trusts, sharing economy platforms, and financial institutions and products that support funding cooperative enterprises. The Institute is housed at Blue Lacuna.

  • How It Works

    1

    Educate

    Educate the public about what cooperative economic models are, how they work, where they work, and why they are a viable method to diversify any economic ecosystem. This is done through seminars, webinars, and introductory workshops.

    2

    Provide Technical Assistance

    Provide technical assistance by connecting individuals and groups looking to either start a new cooperative or convert an existing business to a cooperative, to technical assistance consultants that can help walk them through every step of the process.

    3

    Policy Advocacy

    Work with policymakers and legislators to develop ordinances (at the municipal level) and legislation at the state level that will create an environment that is welcoming to the proliferation of cooperative economic models. The Institute also will work withpolicymakers to develop policies that allow for these models to gain a foothold in our mainstream economic planning and development.

  • Team

    Dr. Amara Enyia

    Founder, Institute for Cooperative Economics

    Dr. Amara Enyia is a Public Policy expert on city and state policy as well as international affairs/foreign policy with expertise in Central Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. She writes extensively on issues of education, economic development, fiscal policy, equity in policy, and systems thinking. Dr. Enyia holds an M.Ed., JD and a PhD in Education Policy. In addition to her public policy consulting work, Dr. Enyia is a political consultant and strategist.

     

    She is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Cooperative Economics and Economic Innovation (ICE), an institute partnering with Blue 1647, an entrepreneurship and technology innovation center. She serves the Executive Director of the Austin Chamber of Commerce and serves as Policy Director for the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association. Dr. Enyia serves on the boards of the Chicago Community Loan Fund, the Communities First Association, and Life Development Center. She is a Global Leadership Fellow with the Global Strategists Association and serves as a regular commentator and contributor on policy and politics for various media outlets.

  • Interested in joining the Institute for Cooperative Economics

    Apply through the link below.