Supporting the Global CLT Movement

A Year-End Message from John Emmeus Davis

Dear Friends and Colleagues –

Before leaping into another year of publications, presentations, and convenings, we wanted to pause for a moment to look back at the road recently travelled by the Center. This newsletter will serve as a “Year in Review,” therefore, celebrating what we accomplished together in 2021.

I won’t repeat those highlights here. Instead, on behalf of the Center, I want to thank some of the organizations and individuals who made it possible for us to have such a productive year.

At the top of the Center’s gallery of gratitude must be our colleagues at Sustainable Housing for Inclusive and Cohesive Cities (SHICC). Over the past four years, SHICC has played a major role in spurring the growth of CLTs across Europe and the United Kingdom. SHICC has also been the Center’s most valued partner in planning major events this year in support of the larger CLT movement: the International CLT Festival and World CLT Day. While many individuals lent their passion and expertise to these events – as moderators, translators, or panelists – four of SHICC’s leaders, Geert De Pauw, Joaquin de Santos, Julia Vitiello, and Annabel Pidgeon, deserve special recognition. Without them, we would not have attempted nor succeeded in pulling off a host of high-profile, high-risk events on an international stage.

Like every other NGO, the Center relies on charitable donations to subsidize our projects and operations. We are grateful for the funding we received this year from the Ford Foundation, World Habitat, ENLACE/Cano Martin Pena CLT, and – via our allies at SHICC – the Brussels Capital Region and the European Regional Development Fund.

One of our donors deserves a special mention. Jerry Maldonado will be leaving the Ford Foundation at the end of this month to join the leadership team of PolicyLink. He has been more than our benefactor; he has been a partner, advisor, and long-time champion of community land trusts. (His personal advocacy for CLTs was on full display in the Foreword he contributed to our publication, ON COMMON GROUND, and in last year’s joint interview with David Ireland, which can be found on our website: We are grateful for Jerry’s steadfast support for the CLT movement and wish him well in his new position.

Finally, without listing everyone by name, I want to acknowledge with gratitude the wonderful individuals who govern the Center, who staff the Center, or who guide our programs and plans by serving on one (or more) of the Center’s five workgroups: Organizational Sustainability, Research & Teaching, Racial Equity, Global South, and the Editorial Board for Terra Nostra Press. They make it possible for a small organization, operating on a tiny budget, to make a big difference in helping to grow the global CLT movement. My thanks to all.

John Davis, President
Center for CLT Innovation