New Economy

This Earth Day, Listen Up: Mother Earth Is Calling Us Back
by David Korten
Those of us who succumbed to the false promises of Western consumerism at great cost to the planet and to ourselves are Earth’s prodigal children now returning home.
Income Inequality Is a Health Hazard—Even for the Rich
by Yessenia Funes
A public health researcher explains why life expectancy in the United States is falling, and it has to do with income inequality rising.
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.
Economic Growth Doesn't Make a Wealthy Nation, Safety and Happiness Do
by Araz Hachadourian
Economist Kate Raworth explains why economic growth shouldn't be the only measure of a nation's wealth.
How I Learned to Ask For Handouts (No Matter How Weird It Feels)
by Shannon Hayes
Farming and writing don't bring home the bacon—why I'm no longer ashamed to ask my community to help.
Why “Broad City” Is the Perfect Comedy for the Student Debt Generation
by Kate Aronoff
The Comedy Central show allows millennials of a specific demographic—and even those outside of it—to laugh at the situation the 1 percent has handed them.
What’s the True Impact of the Alternative Economy? Researchers Decide It’s Time to Find Out
by Eban Goodstein, Robin Hahnel
Successful initiatives are investing in human relationships, not faceless call centers or centralized headquarters.
What Does It Take to Start a Worker Co-Op? A Practical Video Guide to Democratizing Our Economy
by Laura Flanders
A new film asks whether practicing workplace democracy would be easier if our media gave us as many visions of collaboration as they do of competition?
Good Jobs or a Healthy Planet? We Can Have Both
by Chuck Collins
If we really want to fix the environment, then we need to join coalitions with organizations that focus on changing our economic system too.
"Black Women’s Blueprint" Helps Low-Income Women Get By—Through Bartering
by Laura Flanders
Farah Tanis learned that, of the women in poverty she worked with, 9 out of 10 had experienced violence—so she started a bartering network to help them survive.
Dear Paul Krugman: Is GDP Growth Making Us Richer or Poorer? (Please Clarify.)
by Herman Daly
Is Paul Krugman just advocating temporary growth up to some level of optimality, or a truly ever-growing economy?
Don’t Laugh: The UN’s First International Happiness Day is Serious Business
by Frances Moore Lappe
Frances Moore Lappé on how countries and cities around the world, from Bhutan to Boston, are measuring well-being beyond GDP.
Manifesto for a Post-Growth Economy
by James Gustave Speth
What single change stands to give Americans more free time, healthier ecosystems, and more meaningful jobs?
Growing Beyond Growth for True Democracy
by J.A. Myerson
When democracy is not determined by economic power, it is possible to imagine alternatives to “growth” and “austerity.”
A Vision of America the Possible
by Gus Speth
Gus Speth imagines a compelling vision of a better, happier country—and how to make it possible.