Welcome to Commonomics
A series from YES! Magazine on how we can build local economies that are strong enough to include everyone. Stay tuned for ongoing coverage from our Local Economies Reporting Fellow, Laura Flanders of GRITtv.
Manufacturing jobs are returning to the U.S., but to fill them we’ll have to train a new generation of workers. That’s what this school is doing in a struggling neighborhood that once hosted the country’s biggest candy empires, as factories return.
Land, Co-ops, Compost: A Local Food Economy Emerges in Boston's Poorest Neighborhoods
by Penn Lohposted Nov 07, 2014
- From kitchens that buy and sell locally grown food, to a waste co-op that will return compost to the land, new enterprises are building an integrated food network. It's about local people keeping the wealth of their land at home.
New Factories Have Jobs You’d Really Want—and These Chicago Kids Are Skilling Up to Get Them
by Laura Flandersposted Oct 17, 2014
- Manufacturing jobs are returning to the U.S., but to fill them we’ll have to train a new generation of workers. That’s what this school is doing in a struggling neighborhood that once hosted the country’s biggest candy empires, as factories return.
Investing in Renewables Can Relieve Our Planet—While Reviving Our Economy
by Anthony Giancatarinoposted Oct 16, 2014
- Carbon reduction alone cannot solve our climate crisis, because it is continuously fed by our economic crisis. But renewables can be a critical driver in building a healthier economic system, free of the fossil fuel industry.
How Jamaica Plain Is Building Working-Class Leadership in the New Economy
by Carlos Espinoza-Toroposted Oct 15, 2014
- How can potential leaders from underprivileged backgrounds tackle economic inequality and climate change when they spend most of their time trying to earn a decent living? Here’s what we learned in Massachusetts.
To Build a New Economy, a New Government Comes First
by Jacob Swensonposted Oct 15, 2014
- National People’s Action Campaign is training the next wave of progressive candidates for 2016. Here’s how they could win.
What Housing Organizers in Buffalo Learned from the ’70s
by Aaron Bartleyposted Oct 13, 2014
- Why did some of the cooperative institutions built in the ’70s—especially food co-ops—get to scale and thrive in subsequent decades, while others faded away?
With an Economy that Worked for All, Mike Brown Would Still Be Alive
by Ed Whitfieldposted Oct 13, 2014
- “Our full humanity is expressed only when we have the capacity and the opportunity to be productive, to do for ourselves, meeting our needs in our communities.”
Want to Build an Economy that Works for Everybody? Next Week, We’re All About It
by Mary Hansenposted Oct 10, 2014
- Next Monday, YES! and the New Economy Coalition kick off New Economy Week—five days of national conversation about the ideas, strategies, and projects that make up the movement.
Workers in Maine Buy Out Their Jobs, Set an Example for the Nation
by Rob Brown, Noemi Giszpenc, Brian Van Slykeposted Sep 30, 2014
- For the new worker-owners of the Island Employee Cooperative, the transformation into a co-op will create profound changes in their lives.
Kentucky Town Beats High Gas Prices—By Opening a Public Gas Station
by Thomas Hannaposted Sep 12, 2014
- Gas stations aren’t great for the climate, but the move is a step toward local control over economic decisions—a model that holds great potential for developing renewable energy in the long term.
How Seattle Led the Country’s Wage Revolution
by David "Goldy" Goldsteinposted Aug 28, 2014
- Seattle's path to a $15 minimum wage is a winding tale of effective organizing, smart messaging, and blind dumb luck. It is also a roadmap for bypassing partisan gridlock—one city at a time.
Poverty Is Not Inevitable: What We Can Do Now to Turn Things Around
by Dean Patonposted Aug 21, 2014
- Having poor people in the richest country in the world is a choice. We have the money to solve this. But do we have the will?
How America's Largest Worker Owned Co-Op Lifts People Out of Poverty
by Laura Flandersposted Aug 14, 2014
- Cooperative Home Care Associates' 2,300 workers enjoy good wages, regular hours, and family health insurance. With an investment of $1.2 million into the cooperative sector, New York City is hoping to build on the group's success.
Breaking the Grip of the Fossil Fuel Economy: If It Can Happen in Appalachia, It Can Happen Anywhere
by Laura Flandersposted Jul 17, 2014
- Coal production is gradually leaving Appalachia—having already extracted much of the region's natural wealth. Local people are figuring out how to build a new economy based on shared vision and community knowledge. If transition can happen here, it can change the debate everywhere.
These Young People Are Pioneering Appalachia's Post-Coal Economy
by Joe Solomonposted Jul 17, 2014
- The Appalachian Transition Fellows are young people who will spend this year building diverse job opportunities in the coal-country counties that need them most.