New Economy

Turning Points: Is a Different Future Possible?
by John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
With the citizen-backed blockage of a proposed aluminum smelter, is Trinidad and Tobago changing course toward a rooted future?
The Story of Refined White Rice
by Robin Broad, John Cavanagh
How a once nutritious grain was transformed into something unhealthy to eat.
A Choice for States: Banks, Not Budget Crises
by Ellen Brown
7 ways state-owned banks could help states overcome budget deficits and boost their local economies.
In the Built Environment, the Tyranny of the Big, the Beauty of the Small
by Jason F. McLennan
Green building leader Jason McLennan on ways to keep our buildings and cities at a healthy, human scale.
An Oasis in a Food Desert
Video: In West Oakland, a community cooperative is providing an alternative to fast food and packaged snacks.
How Wisconsin Could Turn Austerity into Prosperity: Own a Bank
by Ellen Brown
An answer to state budget woes that doesn't need to involve sacrificing workers' rights.
Book Review: Food Justice
by Laura Kaliebe
What's wrong with our food system—and how can we fix it?
“Localization is the Economics of Happiness”
by Brooke Jarvis
We know what makes us happy—but too often our economic decisions stand in the way. Helena Norberg-Hodge, director of the Economics of Happiness, on how to change all that.
5 Ways to Help Your Community Go Local
by Jeff Milchen
Buy Independent and Buy Local campaigns have a big effect, according to a new survey of independent businesses. Here's how you can reap the benefits for your local economy.
How to Be a Car-Free Family
by Angela and Dorea Vierling-Claassen
Tired of paying car insurance, sitting in traffic jams, and guzzling too much gas? Advice for finally moving beyond the car.
Farmer by Farmer, an Organic Transition
by John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
After decades of chemicals, farmers in the Philippines are seeing the benefits of organic farming. But what convinced them to make the switch in the first place?
Washington State Joins the Movement for Public Banking
by Ellen Brown
The legislature will consider whether to move its funds from Bank of America to a publicly owned bank that would keep the state's money working locally.
Rocky Times Ahead: Are You Ready?
by Sarah Byrnes, Chuck Collins
This isn't a future you can, or should, face alone. How to make sure you don't have to.
Food for a Rooted Future
by Robin Broad, John Cavanagh
In the Philippines, a new kind of conventional wisdom about food: chemical free, community strong.
The Age of Vulnerability
by John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
The 2008 financial crash redefined what it means to be economically vulnerable. Some nations are responding by building more rooted local economies. Will the U.S. learn from them?