New Economy

Big City Living May Help You Slow Down, Stress Less, and Be Happy‏. Really!
by Zanna McKay
From New York City to Barcelona, cities across the world are turning to “slow living” to make their communities happier and healthier in the face of increasing urbanization.
What Your Town Can Learn From America's Most Walkable Suburb
by Jay Walljasper
It's got great transit, plenty of sidewalks, and values people more than cars.
Alternative Currencies Are Bigger Than Bitcoin: How They’re Building Prosperity From London to Kenya
by Raúl Carrillo
The Brixton Pound, Koru Kenya, and Mazacoin are all attempting to achieve a common goal: empowering people in a monetarily unequal world, from the bottom up.
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.
Replace the Gospel of Money: An Interview With David Korten
by Dean Paton
What if we measured wealth in terms of life, and how well we serve it?
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.
Young Adults Love Walking, Biking, and Buses—11 Reasons That’s Good For Everyone
by Jay Walljasper
Buses, trains, bikes, and walking represent more than an efficient means of getting from one place to another. They move us toward a brighter future because of the many social and economic benefits they foster.
Forget Venture Capitalists—This Scrappy Composting Co-Op Found Another Way to Get Startup Money
by Laura Flanders
The banking system makes it tough for local businesses to get their hands on startup money. But creative entrepreneurs are finding solutions.
Six Ways the US Is Building a People-Powered Economy
by Sarah van Gelder
Alternative business models such as worker-owned cooperatives are gaining ground, proving that a more just and sustainable future is possible.
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?
Vermonters Lobby for Public Bank—And Win Millions for Local Investment Instead
by Alexis Goldstein
Advocates didn’t get the public bank they wanted. But the compromise they reached in the end was still a rare and significant win over Wall Street banks.
Walking: The Secret Ingredient for Health, Wealth, and More Exciting Neighborhoods
by Jay Walljasper
It's been called "America's untrendiest trend." The evidence that millions of people are finally walking again is as solid as the ground beneath our feet.
What the Classics Can Teach Us About Cherishing Holiday Foods, From A Christmas Carol to Moby Dick
by Nina Bunker Ruiz
Can we find our way back to treasuring what comes from far away while reveling in local, abun­dant foods, whose proximity makes them affordable and sustainable?
Graphic: Convince Your Relatives to Ditch Amazon and Go Local This Holiday Season
by Mary Hansen
If you close the Amazon app, get off the couch, and shop at independent shops this holiday season, you could be helping rebuild your local economy.
LA School District Uses Its Spending Power to Support Local Farms, Workers’ Rights, and Kids’ Nutrition
by J. Mijin Cha
Local economies can be strengthened through the large purchasing power of local institutions. Here’s how the nation's second largest school district is doing it.