These Former Debt Collectors Decided to Ditch the Industry, Buy Up Medical Debt, and Forgive It
by Araz HachadourianAug 17, 2015
- Jerry Ashton and Craig Antico spent decades hounding debtors to pay their bills—until an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street inspired them to find a way to pay struggling people's debts.
Economic Growth Doesn't Make a Wealthy Nation, Safety and Happiness Do
by Araz HachadourianJul 17, 2015
- Economist Kate Raworth explains why economic growth shouldn't be the only measure of a nation's wealth.
Obama’s Push for Corporate Rule: A Moment of Opportunity
by David KortenJun 25, 2015
- Call it populism versus corporatism or democracy versus corporate rule. Either way, it is a far more meaningful political division than two political parties debating big government versus small.
It's Time to Think Boldly About Building a New American System
Mar 31, 2015
- The inability of politics to address poverty, climate change, and other basic challenges has fueled extraordinary experimentation in American communities. Welcome to a new conversation on how we make change happen.
Alternative Currencies Are Bigger Than Bitcoin: How They’re Building Prosperity From London to Kenya
by Raúl CarrilloMar 12, 2015
- The Brixton Pound, Koru Kenya, and Mazacoin are all attempting to achieve a common goal: empowering people in a monetarily unequal world, from the bottom up.
Alaska Bolstered Its Economy and Curbed Inequality—By Paying Everyone Thousands in Oil Dividends Every Year
by Peter BarnesFeb 03, 2015
- After 30 years, the practice of paying every resident—including children—at least $1,000 has made Alaska one of the least unequal states in America. Here's what the rest of us can learn.
Welcome to the Spanish Town Where People Come Before Profit
by Liam Barrington-Bush, Jen WiltonJul 16, 2014
- The town of Marinaleda, often called Spain's "communist utopia," is proof that an economy built on mutual aid is possible.
"Black Women’s Blueprint" Helps Low-Income Women Get By—Through Bartering
by Laura FlandersMay 30, 2014
- Farah Tanis learned that, of the women in poverty she worked with, 9 out of 10 had experienced violence—so she started a bartering network to help them survive.
Our Economy Wants You to Be In Debt—5 Things You Can Do to Take Charge
by Liz PleasantMay 21, 2014
- We pored through a debt-resistance manual created by former Occupiers to bring you these practical tips.
In Rural Kansas, an Experiment Makes Hitchhiking Safe Again
by Jennifer O'BrienApr 22, 2014
- The people behind the project borrowed some tricks from ride-sharing apps like Lyft, but tweaked the details so the rides are free.
These 5 Black Friday Send-Ups Remind Us to Keep Laughing, Not Shopping
by Erin SagenNov 27, 2013
- Think the "biggest shopping day of the year" has become too depraved to be funny? Let Louis C.K., Seinfeld, and South Park transform your anxiety into hilarity.
Artist's Dollar-Bill Collages Question the Meaning of Money
by YES! online staffNov 15, 2013
- "Anarchists are certain I'm an anarchist because I cut up a favorite tool of the oppressor," artist Mark Wagner says. "Capitalists think I'm a capitalist because I revel in it."
Brand New From Annie Leonard: The Story of Solutions
by Annie LeonardOct 01, 2013
- The final film in the “Story of Stuff” series asks, What if the goal of our economy wasn’t more, but better—better health, better jobs, and a better chance to survive on the planet?
Bitcoin's Growing Influence: How Peer-to-Peer Currencies Are Taking Off
by YES! online staffSep 20, 2013
- The decentralization and bank-free nature of this digital currency is enjoying wider acceptance. Meanwhile, governments are beginning to borrow from its ideas.
It’s a “Story Problem”: What’s Behind Our Messed-Up Economy
by David KortenJul 18, 2013
- The peoples of earlier times prospered from the guidance of simple stories that offered answers to their deepest questions. We need those now more than ever.