New Economy

"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?
Empowered by the Past: Red State Co-ops Go Green
by Brooke Jarvis
A century ago, cooperatives electrified the poorest counties in the nation. Today, can they lead the way to a smarter, cleaner grid?
To Build a Community Economy, Start With Solidarity
by Abby Scher
How residents who can’t afford to buy in still get the benefits of co-op work and housing.
Don’t Like Your Health Insurance? Make Your Own
by Nina Rogozen
The Affordable Care Act hopes to drive expansion of health care co-ops.
6 Ways to Fuel the Cooperative Takeover
by Sven Eberlein
From now on, the global mantra for filling market gaps is going to be, “There’s a co-op for that.” But co-ops need customers, money, and training. How do we shift from business as usual to the work of cooperation?
Credit Unions Put Your Money to Work—Right Where You Live
by Colleen Kimmet
What if your bank’s first priority was to do good? Vancouver’s Vancity leads the way in putting dollars back into the community.
New Film Calls Worker-Owned Cooperatives “Next American Revolution”
by Kristin Hugo
Gar Alperovitz’s film points to worker-owned cooperatives as a growing alternative to traditional capitalism and socialism.
How Workers Laid Off from a Chicago Factory Took It Over Themselves
by Laura Flanders
When their boss tried to fire them, the workers of Republic Windows and Doors occupied the factory. Now they own it as a cooperative.
Filmmakers: Cooperative Businesses Bring Democracy to the Workplace
by Mark Karlin
In their new film, Shift Change, filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin take viewers on a worldwind tour of the cooperative economy.
Just the Facts: What's So Good About Co-ops?
Why support the co-ops in your community? The benefits might be further-reaching than you think.
The Cooperative Way to a Stronger Economy
by Sarah van Gelder
Co-ops—just like people—can get more done together than anyone can do alone. They come in many forms, and are more common than you might imagine.
The Economy: Under New Ownership
by Marjorie Kelly
How cooperatives are leading the way to empowered workers and healthy communities.
What India Taught Me About How to End Hunger
by Frances Moore Lappe
Back in the ’60s, Frances Moore Lappé realized that hunger is caused by a scarcity of democracy, not food. Then, a collective of courageous women farmers showed her how to change that.
3 Lessons for Appalachia’s Post-Coal Economy
by Brooke Jarvis
Appalachian residents are working to keep local and sustainable sources of wealth central in a post-coal economy.