Ron Hantz, Board President of the Network for Developing Conscious Communities, Appears on Everything Co-op. Vernon and Ron discuss how the organization uses cooperative principles to build economically sound and equitable communities. Hantz, has more than 25 years of experience in the development of affordable housing. When addressing the need for minorities to challenge the institutional barriers that impede the economic, social and leadership development in their communities, he said, “Our ultimate goal should be to learn how to replicate best practices, how to develop indigenous leadership and how to build collaborative community based partnerships.” The Network for Developing Conscious Communities was founded 2014 as a 501 © (3) non-profit community development membership organization. Through implementing the principles of conscious community development, the organization seeks to build economically cooperative and equitable communities through transparency, inclusiveness and collectivism. NDCC successfully works to improve financial sustainability, encourage business ownership and increase residential real estate ownership in Black neighborhoods.