New Economy

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.
What Housing Organizers in Buffalo Learned from the ’70s
by Aaron Bartley
Why did some of the cooperative institutions built in the ’70s—especially food co-ops—get to scale and thrive in subsequent decades, while others faded away?
Want to Build an Economy that Works for Everybody? Next Week, We’re All About It
by Mary Hansen
Next Monday, YES! and the New Economy Coalition kick off New Economy Week—five days of national conversation about the ideas, strategies, and projects that make up the movement.
New Economy Week: Topics of Conversation
On each of the five days of New Economy Week, we’ll be hosting articles, essays, and public conversation about one aspect of the new economy. We’ll link to all five days from this page.
West Virginia Cattle Farmers Build the Local Food Economy They Need to Thrive
by Erin L. McCoy
The farmers working to build West Virginia’s local meat economy know that their fate relies on the success of the entire local meat ecosystem.
Workers in Maine Buy Out Their Jobs, Set an Example for the Nation
by Rob Brown, Noemi Giszpenc, Brian Van Slyke
For the new worker-owners of the Island Employee Cooperative, the transformation into a co-op will create profound changes in their lives.
Kentucky Town Beats High Gas Prices—By Opening a Public Gas Station
by Thomas Hanna
Gas stations aren’t great for the climate, but the move is a step toward local control over economic decisions—a model that holds great potential for developing renewable energy in the long term.
Portland Is First U.S. City to Divest Funds from Walmart
by Laura Garcia, Molly Rusk
The initiative also prohibits the city from purchasing Walmart bonds in the future.
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."