This Rust-Belt Town’s Survival Strategy Is All About Giving Workers Control
by Abby ScherJan 13, 2015
- 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 GoldsteinJan 07, 2015
- 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 WalljasperDec 25, 2014
- 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 RuizDec 22, 2014
- 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 HansenDec 09, 2014
- 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 ChaOct 17, 2014
- 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 BartleyOct 13, 2014
- 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 HansenOct 10, 2014
- 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
Oct 10, 2014
- 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. McCoyOct 01, 2014
- 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 SlykeSep 30, 2014
- 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 M. HannaSep 12, 2014
- 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 RuskMay 16, 2014
- The initiative also prohibits the city from purchasing Walmart bonds in the future.
This Omaha Bike Shop Is Training a New Generation of Cyclists
May 12, 2014
- "Pretty soon they're using it to travel downtown and expand their understanding of the community they live in."
Think You Know What a Farmer Looks Like? Think Again
by Sena ChristianApr 17, 2014
- Preliminary results from the 2012 Census of Agriculture show the increasing role of women in U.S. agriculture—especially on organic and small-scale farms.