This year’s WorldBlu List of Most Democratic Workplaces included four Iowa-based companies. With WorldBlu CEO and founder Traci Fenton moving back to the state, which is her hometown, she shares possibilities and hopes for Iowa and its Creative Corridor becoming the “Silicon Valley of democratic companies.”
‘I would feel very proud to have Iowa known as the Silicon Valley of democratic companies’

When Traci Fenton met Mark Nolte, president of The Iowa City Area Development (ICAD) Group, for coffee in the fall of 2012 he shared a vision for how the Creative Corridor could become the “Silicon Valley” of democratic workplaces.

Michelle Strutzenberger

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On one of my last evenings in Barcelona a few of us gathered at a cozy shop in an old part of the city called La Villa de Gracias (the Village of Gratitude) to talk over mango milkshakes and crepes.

Camille Jensen

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Imagine it’s 2030. The world’s greatest generation of entrepreneurs, the baby boomers, have retired from the more than 600,000 small- and medium-sized businesses they founded. Due to the thousands of companies that went up for sale, and an awareness of the gravity of the transition, a significant number of business owners chose to sell their companies to their employees.