New Economy

NYC’s Credit Unions Give Mom-and-Pop Stores a Chance, Despite Gentrification
by Abigail Savitch-Lew
They're a lifeline to business owners. So why do these credit unions have trouble growing?
Even The Wall Street Journal Is Asking Questions About How Ownership Should Work in a Democracy
by Gar Alperovitz
The question of how the ownership of capital should be structured in a democratic society was raised by none other than Margaret Thatcher's authorized biographer.
A Techy Management Fad Gives Workers More Power—Up to a Point
by Nathan Schneider
Holacracy aims to liberate workers from micromanagement by replacing bosses with code-like rules modeled on computer programming.
1.5 Million American Families Live on $2 a Day—These Authors Spent Years Finding Out Why
by Marcus Harrison Green
For their new book, H. Luke Shaefer and Kathryn J. Edin followed the lives of America’s poorest families to find out what they need to break out of poverty, and how to make it happen.
For These Borrowers and Lenders, Debt Is a Relationship Based on Love
by Nathan Schneider
There could be a different financial system, one where debt allows us to honor our freedom rather than our servitude.
In London, Diversity and a Great School System Go Hand in Hand (And Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
The White House released a new tool to help calculate the cost of college, “Black Twitter” revolutionizes the meaning of intellectual, and an anti-rape curriculum in Kenya shows promising results.
Hero or Coward: Could Skipping My Student Loan Payments Start a Revolution?
by Yessenia Funes
A college professor is calling for a massive student-debt strike next year with only one necessity: that as many debtors as possible refuse to pay.
5 Steps to Turn Your Business Into a Worker-owned Co-op
by Cat Johnson
Learn how to turn any business into a worker-owned cooperative with this checklist.
Do Interest-Free Loans Make Sense? No, But They Do Make a Difference
by Marcus Harrison Green
Neighbors are helping crowdfund the dreams of local entrepreneurs, giving community businesses the chance to expand with interest-free loans.
We Have a Massive Student Loan Forgiveness Program—Why Is It So Complex?
by Ava Kofman
Infographic: A History of Debt Forgiveness and Relief
by Lindsey Weedston, Jennifer Luxton
As long as there has been lending, there have been times when the people’s debt becomes a crisis. Here’s a look at the policy solutions governments have been using, starting in ancient Sumer.
“You Fly to the Edge of the Tar Sands, and ... No Life”: A Montana Professor on the Issue of Our Time
by Sarah van Gelder
University of Montana professor George Price on permaculture, race, and how he’s standing up to tar sands extraction.
Drugs, Sex, and Debt: It’s Time to Revamp “The Talk”
by Dina Gachman
Let’s remove the shame from the conversation and help the next generation avoid the debilitating amounts of debt that keep us from buying houses or taking vacations.
How One San Francisco Neighborhood Became “Immune” to Gentrification
by Rick Jacobus
With more than a quarter of the Tenderloin’s housing stock owned by nonprofits or the government, longtime residents have staying power.
Own a Home in Just Four Years? This Co-Op Program Keeps Workers in the Neighborhood
by Yessenia Funes
Nearly half of Evergreen’s worker-owners have purchased homes through the program.