New Economy

National Prison Strike Exposes Need for Labor Rights Behind Bars
by Melissa Hellmann
At 29 prisons, thousands of inmates have stopped work to protest unfair labor practices. So where are the unions?
Finally, Jobs That Work for Parenting
by Anne Miller
Right now I’m not worried about the glass ceiling. For now, with a young child, I’m embracing freelance work.
The Other Housing Crisis: Finding a Home in Rural America
by Melissa Hellmann
Thirty percent of rural Americans have substandard housing—and it’s expensive. But these communities are finding ways to give low-income residents homes of their own.
A Strategy to Stop the Funding Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline
by Bill McKibben
A key pipeline loan is still pending, and banks can be vulnerable to public pressure. We can fight alongside the Standing Rock Sioux at any one of 38 banks.
Want National Security? Dismantle the War Machine
by David Korten
A military response to violence creates more violence. For real security, we need to stop climate change and work toward shared prosperity.
Advising My Laid-Off Mom About Freelance Work
by Giulia Pines
The economy has changed from many single-track, steady careers into workers who thrive on one-off gigs and “projects.” But when you’re over 60 and overqualified, how do you find a job?
Who Replaced 9-to-5 Workers?
by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn
In just a few years, half of all workers will be outside the traditional economy. Not just artists and farmers but business people and professors, too.
How We Became an Economy Full of Side Jobs
by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn
The job growth that led us out of the recession has been in nontraditional jobs, and that's working well for women.
For Workers Who Feel Like Part of a Machine, These Companies Get It Right
by Christa Hillstrom
The Good Work Code attempts to re-examine what workers and employers want and to build jobs around shared values.
6 Tips on Making Money and Staying Sane When You Work From Home
by Brandon Ambrosino
How to deal with anxiety, self-doubt, and “the check’s in the mail.”
6 Ways We’re Already Leading an Economic Revolution
by Gar Alperovitz
From the “buy local” movement to public banking, we’re well on our way to a more democratic, cooperative, and people-centered economy.
I Took a Side Job Selling Cherries at Pike Place—And Now Love the Farming World
by Fan Kong
There is a profound sense of community born from the gathering of people and the exchange of goods at a market.
The World’s Biggest School Meal Program Is Keeping Local Farmers in Business
by Chris Arsenault
Emphasizing local food under a radical policy of “zero hunger,” Brazil’s school lunch initiative helps small farmers buy the land they’ve been farming for generations.
How Americans Build Wealth in 10 Charts (And What Race Has to Do With It)
by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn
(Hint: It’s less about income and more about skin color.)
A New Economic Vision That Mixes Together Occupy, Amish Culture, and Startups
by Alexa Clay
What subcultures offer us insight and principles for new ways of organizing?