Gar Alperovitz was in Seattle for the annual meeting of the National Cooperative Business Association and spoke at Town Hall Seattle immediately following a live screening of the first presidential debate. YES! Magazine’s executive editor Sarah van Gelder introduced him.
All over the country, people—like the workers of Chicago’s New Era Windows—are building worker-owned cooperatives that root jobs in the communities that need them.
While Wall Street players used home finance to make mega-profits for the 1 percent, local banks and community land trusts got people into decent, secure, affordable homes.
Cooperative financing and community land trusts keep rents affordable and homeownership within reach.
Once a symbol of worker mistreatment and the failures of the financial system, the famous Chicago factory may soon be run cooperatively by its workers.
There’s economic reform, and then there’s economic transformation. How entrepreneurs, activists, and theorists are laying the groundwork for a very different economy.
When companies are owned by workers and the community—instead of Wall Street financiers—everything changes.
How worker-owned businesses from Cleveland to Spain are nurturing life and jobs outside the corporate framework.
Gar Alperovitz: Why transformative change to the economic system is needed and how it might be accomplished.
From health care to jobs to community development, why the future will be cooperative.
How an old business model is finding new relevance all over the world.
The citizens of two cities are finding the customers, finances, and skills to put together green jobs.
How worker co-ops are expanding despite the rust-belt economy.
One of the poorest cities in the nation is reinvesting in itself with a model for a localized economy.
Vermont is leading the way toward agricultural and economic change. What we can learn from the “Slow Living Summit” about building sustainable futures everywhere.