New Economy

Do Interest-Free Loans Make Sense? No, But They Do Make a Difference
by Marcus Harrison Green
Neighbors are helping crowdfund the dreams of local entrepreneurs, giving community businesses the chance to expand with interest-free loans.
After 20 Years Reporting on Solutions, I’m Going on a Journey to Find Where Hope Lies Now
by Sarah van Gelder
YES! co-founder Sarah van Gelder sets out on a road trip to find the edge of change.
This NYC Real Estate Co-Op Helps Small Businesses Stay Put
by Araz Hachadourian
A New York City co-op raises $1.2 million in pledges to fight gentrification and provide affordable rent for local business owners.
How Buying the Local Post Office Will Help My Family Farm and Small Town Survive
by Shannon Hayes
I never thought farming would mean owning a post office. But looking at my community and our need to define ourselves as a place, that seems to be our family farm's next job.
These Friends from High School Bought an Abandoned Factory. Now They're Distilling Artisanal Whiskeys‏
by Samuel Dolgin-Gardner
Much as blight can be contagious, so can renewal. How grassroots community groups are saving neighborhoods and building new businesses.
Where Do “Rednecks” Really Come From? A New Museum Has the Surprising Answer
by Catherine V. Moore
Tourists spend $400 more per trip on average when their trips focus on history and culture. That could be a big opportunity for West Virginia's changing economy.
Even in a Drought, California Farms Have a Future—But They’ll Need Local Control to Succeed
by Keith Harrington
Some California farmers have discovered ways to farm that use very little water, yet thirstier methods still dominate. What gives?
One in Four Local Banks Has Vanished Since 2008. Why We Should Treat It as a National Crisis
by Stacy Mitchell
While megabanks make megabucks, local banks are financing businesses that create jobs and improve well-being. So why are they disappearing so rapidly?
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.