New Economy

How America's Largest Worker Owned Co-Op Lifts People Out of Poverty
by Laura Flanders
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.
Gar Alperovitz on Why the New Economy Movement Needs to Think Big
by Scott Gast
His new book, "What Then Must We Do?" imagines how a new economic system might actually emerge, from the bottom up, in the next few decades.
Worker-Owned Co-ops Get $1 Million in NYC Spending
by Liz Pleasant
New York City's newly approved budget allocates $1.2 million for developing and supporting worker-owned cooperative businesses.
Will Jackson, Miss., Be the New Co-op Capital of the South?
Three months after the death of Jackson's radical mayor, the city's residents are working to make his vision of cooperative economics a reality.
This Omaha Bike Shop Is Training a New Generation of Cyclists
"Pretty soon they're using it to travel downtown and expand their understanding of the community they live in."
After Death of Radical Mayor, Mississippi's Capital Wrestles With His Economic Vision
by Laura Flanders
Mayor Chokwe Lumumba implemented only the first steps of his plan to address Jackson's extreme income inequality, which most seriously affected black residents. Now the city faces a choice between vastly different approaches to economic development.
Mondragón and the System Problem
by Gar Alperovitz, Thomas M. Hanna
Among the lessons of a major cooperative business' bankruptcy: The success of big co-ops might depend on things like radically reforming transportation and other parts of the larger economy.
Infographic: A Guided Tour of the New Economy
What will the transition to a "new economy" really look like? To find out, explore this interactive infographic from the group New England New Economy Transition.
A Year After Sandy, a Co-op Alliance Could Bring Jobs Back to the Rockaways
by Laura Flanders
Last year, Sandy massively disrupted of some of the East Coast’s neighborhood economies. But worker-owned cooperatives are creating jobs with real wealth and meaning.
Co-Op Academy Teaches Workers to Build Green and Cooperative Businesses
GRITtv's Laura Flanders speaks with the founder of the program and takes you inside one of its classes.
Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young: A New Economy for Present Times
Laura Flanders interviews the directors of Shift Change, a film about the cooperative business movement.
Worker-Owned Window Factory Opens for Business
When the company known as Republic Windows and Doors closed its Chicago factory, the workers raised the money to buy back the company themselves. The worker-owned cooperative they formed opens today.
From Housing to Health Care, 7 Co-ops That Are Changing Our Economy
by Claudia Rowe
How manufacturers, retailers, restaurants, and others are doing business the cooperative way.
"10 Reasons Why Co-ops Rock" Poster
by Jing Fong
Toolbox for Education and Social Change has a great classroom tool on cooperatives. You can buy its "10 Reasons Why Co-ops Rock" poster at pay-what-you-want prices. Available in Spanish, too.
Occupy Sandy Funds Growth of Worker-Owned Co-Ops
by Peter Rugh
Could the seaside neighborhoods struck by Hurricane Sandy be the next big incubator for worker-owned companies?