New Economy

As Boomers Retire, Mom-and-Pop Businesses Convert to Co-ops to Save Jobs
by Keli Tianga
Baby boomers are the largest percentage of business owners, and they’re headed toward retirement. Worker cooperatives could keep the jobs they’ve created from disappearing.
How a Worker-Owned Tech Startup Found Investors—and Kept Its Values
by Nathan Schneider
As cooperative culture spreads into the tech world, Loomio is part of a new wave of entrepreneurs figuring out how to finance a more democratic, values-centered online economy.
Video: This New York Farm Wants to Fix the “Food Apartheid”
by Jasleena Grewal
Soul Fire Farm provides farm education to Black and Latino youth in an effort to end a history of racism and injustice in America's food system.
Why Teaming Up with Unions Might be the Best Way to Build the Co-Op Movement
by Brian Van Slyke
Growing numbers of unions are successfully turning to the cooperative model to fight for workers’ rights.
Berkeley Votes to Boost Co-op Economy In the Face of Gentrification
by Araz Hachadourian
A growing number of cities are investing in co-ops to keep money local and neighborhoods affordable.
What’s the New Economy Look Like? Here’s What Our Artists Did With Your Ideas
by Kate Aronoff
Pictures of windmills and farmers markets are great, but they don’t capture the diversity and radicalism of the movement. So we asked readers like you for poster ideas and handed them over to two of our favorite artists.
18 Holiday Gift Ideas—From Co-ops
by Brian Van Slyke
Here's how to use your holiday shopping to support cooperatives.
REI Will #OptOutside on Black Friday. Can It Change Retail (and the Economy)?
by Parag Rajendra Khandhar
All 143 REI stores will be closed on Black Friday. But what more can the co-op do to live up to its values and transform the conversation in the United States?
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.
After Decades in a Food Desert, These Neighbors Are Building a $2 Million Co-op—And They Own It
by Liz Pleasant
For nearly 20 years, the residents of this mostly African American Greensboro community had nowhere to shop for food. They tried to attract a big-box grocery store; when that didn’t work, they started their own.
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.
Video: How This Brooklyn Neighborhood is Putting Healthy Food in Business
by Liz Pleasant
A co-op training program in Brooklyn could serve as a model for other cities looking to combat the effects of gentrification for long-time residents.
Three Years Ago, These Chicago Workers Took Over a Window Factory. Today, They're Thriving
by Sarah van Gelder
When Republic Windows and Doors closed down without giving workers notice, the issue drew national attention. Since then, they’ve turned the factory into a worker-owned co-op—where they hold the power.
Dangerous History: What the Story of Black Economic Cooperation Means for Us Today
by Keane Bhatt
African Americans have been pioneering co-ops as an economic strategy since the days of slavery. Author Jessica Gordon Nembhard on how centuries-old models can guide our economy today.