New Economy

Crowdfunding Real Estate Isn’t Just For Millionaires Anymore. Could It Be For You?
by Alizah Salario
The relatively new equity crowdfunding seeks investors expecting a return, not donors supporting a project. But the project must improve a community.
How to Reinflate the Dream of College-for-All
by Valerie Schloredt
Financial aid doesn’t work unless we’re honest about costs.
Worried About Rent Hikes, 301 Families Came Together to Buy Their Mobile Home Park
by Olivia Anderson, Araz Hachadourian, Christa Hillstrom
And five other creative ways Americans are stepping up to build strong local economies.
The Fix-It Shop Where Neighbors Repair Your Clothes and Electronics
by Araz Hachadourian
Three years ago, they started a program to keep salvageable goods from landfills by harnessing the community’s collective skills to fix them.
Another Victory for Workers in Seattle—This Time It’s Their Schedules
by Melissa Hellmann
Thanks to an ordinance passed last month, service and retail workers will finally get reasonable shift schedules, along with their $15-an-hour minimum wage.
Before Europe Lets Uber Run Wild, It Should Consider What It Did to US Workers
by Jamie K. McCallum
An unregulated Uber has helped to create an economy where part-time, low-wage, on-demand work is the new norm. Should Europe really follow suit?
Who Replaced 9-to-5 Workers?
by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn
In just a few years, half of all workers will be outside the traditional economy. Not just artists and farmers but business people and professors, too.
For Workers Who Feel Like Part of a Machine, These Companies Get It Right
by Christa Hillstrom
The Good Work Code attempts to re-examine what workers and employers want and to build jobs around shared values.
I Took a Side Job Selling Cherries at Pike Place—And Now Love the Farming World
by Fan Kong
There is a profound sense of community born from the gathering of people and the exchange of goods at a market.
The Pipeline Strikes Back: The Audacity of TransCanada's $15B Suit Against the U.S.
by Jim Shultz
The political saga of the Keystone XL pipeline is like a real-life version of The Force Awakens. So why are we giving the Dark Side even more power?
Income Inequality Is a Health Hazard—Even for the Rich
by Yessenia Funes
A public health researcher explains why life expectancy in the United States is falling, and it has to do with income inequality rising.
5 Apps for the Sharing Economy (and Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
FDA approves genetically engineered salmon, gun control debates overlook the biggest group of gun violence victims—black men—and apps that might help you put old stuff to new use.
10 Reasons to Leave Your Company to Your Workers When You Retire
by Rob Brown
It’s a once-in-a-generation opportunity: Selling to employees can yield a better price, preserve a legacy, keep jobs and profits local—and maybe even eradicate inequality.
What If We Owned the Internet Together? It’s Time to Bring the Co-op Revolution to the Web
by Nathan Schneider, Trebor Scholz
The flourishing of farmers markets and credit unions demonstrates a longing for business that serves the common good. Can it infiltrate the Amazon-dominated, Uberized Internet?
How Creative Finance Launched Worker-Owned Co-ops In Post-Sandy New York
by Araz Hachadourian
Half of small businesses don’t make it past the first five years, and owners lose everything trying to pay off the loans. The Working World lets co-ops stabilize before repayment even begins.