New Economy

A North Carolina Textile Co-Op Gives Immigrant Workers a Stake in the Business
by Cecilia Garza
In a state that lost 88 percent of its textile industry jobs in just 10 years, small worker-owned cooperatives are islands of rights and resilience.
The Case for a “Jazz Revolution” Against Corporate Capitalism
by Keith Harrington
Bottom up? Top down? Improvisation is the key to a middle way.
What’s Next for the World’s Largest Federation of Worker-Owned Co-Ops?
by Mary Hansen
A conversation with Mondragon President Josu Ugarte on the future of the mega-cooperative.
What If Uber Were a Unionized, Worker-Owned Co-Op? These Denver Cabbies Are Making It Happen
by Mary Hansen
Workers at app-driven companies like Uber don’t have the rights of full employees. But with the help of traditional unions, some are banding together into worker-owned cooperatives.
How to Become a Citizen Eater: A Trip Behind the Labels of Your Ethical Cup of Coffee
by Rachael Stoeve
Labels like "fair trade" and "direct trade" indicate food is ethically sourced—but how do you know what they really mean, and whether they're effective?
Craigslist Saved 5M Tons of Stuff From Landfills—And 4 Other New Stats on Local Economies
by Mary Hansen
Exactly how much difference do “new economy” organizations make? Economists looked into it, and here are a few of their results.
These Neighbors Got Together to Buy Vacant Buildings. Now They’re Renting to Bakers and Brewers
by Olivia LaVecchia
Though the model is new and small, it holds outsize potential for the many neighborhoods whose downtowns are controlled by faraway landlords or retail chains.
Students for Economic Pluralism, Unite! How College Kids Are Taking on the “High Priests” of Money
by James Trimarco
After years of work as a climate activist, Keith Harrington decided to get a degree in economics. Now, he’s working to transform the field.
Local Food With a Big Twist: Oregon Super-Cooperative Takes Aim at the Corporate Food System
by Mary Hansen, Liz Pleasant
This co-op south of Portland wants to strengthen the local food system by helping local farmers cooperate instead of compete with one another.
What Does It Take to Start a Worker Co-Op? A Practical Video Guide to Democratizing Our Economy
by Laura Flanders
A new film asks whether practicing workplace democracy would be easier if our media gave us as many visions of collaboration as they do of competition?
This Rust-Belt Town’s Survival Strategy Is All About Giving Workers Control
by Abby Scher
Reading is one of Pennsylvania’s poorest cities. Can its residents turn things around by building a more democratic economy?
Owning Together Is the New Sharing
by Nathan Schneider
Companies and startups are aspiring toward an economy, and an Internet, that is more fully ours with the use of cooperatives, "commons-based peer production," and cryptocurrencies.
Neighbors Helped This Immigrant-Owned Dry Cleaner in Boston Go Nontoxic—and Stay in Business
by Chuck Collins, Polly Hoppin
Organizations that aim to reduce the use of toxic chemicals have long focused on shutting down offending businesses. But this story from Boston shows another way.
Bikes! Co-Ops! Voyages of Self-Discovery! This Project Brings Together Everything You Love
A group of college students and recent grads bicycled across America, visiting cooperative businesses and re-imagining the country they were about to inherit.
Own the Change: Building Economic Democracy One Worker Co-op at a Time
Take a sneak peek at “Own the Change,” a new documentary about worker-owned cooperatives.