New Economy

Remembering Chokwe Lumumba
by Laura Flanders
Can you be a revolutionary and a mayor? Chokwe Lumumba—who spent eight months as mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, before he died—did his best to be both.
A Passion for Peppers: The Movement to Save New Mexico's Treasured Chiles
by Nina Bunker Ruiz
New Mexico's traditional landrace chile varieties have adapted to hot days, cold nights, and long dry spells. But can they survive modern agribusiness?
How a Fruit and Vegetable Auction in Rural Ohio Helps Appalachian Farmers Thrive
by Erin L. McCoy
Produce auctions are getting fresh vegetables into food deserts, building community, and helping rural farmers earn a living.
After 20-Year Fight, Bronx Community Wins Big on Development Project Committed to Living Wages and Local Economy
by Laura Flanders
The people of New York’s poorest borough fought to ensure that redevelopment of its castle-like landmark will benefit those who live there. Will it be a gamechanger?
The Economy of Smallness: Making Economic Exchange a Loving Human Interaction
by Abby Quillen
Philadelphia restauranteur and local economies movement leader Judy Wicks on making good and doing good.
Main Street Comeback: How Independent Stores are Thriving (Even in the Age of Amazon)
by Fran Korten
Despite behemoths like Starbucks and Amazon, the number of independent bookstores, coffeeshops, and other businesses is growing.
Mountain Grown: Appalachia's New Local Food Economy
by Erin L. McCoy
Hungry for okra, collards, and trout? In Appalachia, you can now get all your soul food cravings from local farmers.
What the US Can Learn From Africa’s Booming Economy
by Imara Jones
Seven out of the ten fastest-growing economies are in Africa. Behind that is a surge in healthy young people and an emphasis on local markets.
Like Shopping at Local Businesses? Now You Can Invest in Them, Too
by David Rutherford
A newly formed company based in Seattle makes it easy to put your money to work in the local economy.
The Bright Side of the Money Crisis
Is this “the most exciting time to be alive in human history”? The economists and scientists interviewed in this film think so, and the reasons are all about the chance to create a more fair and sustainable global economy.
What India Taught Me About How to End Hunger
by Frances Moore Lappe
Back in the ’60s, Frances Moore Lappé realized that hunger is caused by a scarcity of democracy, not food. Then, a collective of courageous women farmers showed her how to change that.
Stacy Mitchell: We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy
Buying local isn’t enough. If we’re going to get our economy back on track, we have to re-center on communities.
3 Lessons for Appalachia’s Post-Coal Economy
by Brooke Jarvis
Appalachian residents are working to keep local and sustainable sources of wealth central in a post-coal economy.
A Small Business Boost from ... Regulations?
by Brooke Jarvis
Do regulations really hurt small businesses? Or do businesses thrive when local residents can afford their services, and a good quality of life attracts skilled workers?
Infographic: An All-Local Meal in Appalachia
In today's Appalachia, it's possible to eat an entire meal in which every ingredient was sourced from within 40 miles of your table.