New Economy

Crowdfunding Real Estate Isn’t Just For Millionaires Anymore. Could It Be For You?
by Alizah Salario
The relatively new equity crowdfunding seeks investors expecting a return, not donors supporting a project. But the project must improve a community.
New Budget Deal Preserves All 19 Social Spending Programs Trump Tried to Eliminate
by James Trimarco
Economic relief agencies as well as support for arts and culture got nearly a five-month reprieve from the more radical cuts proposed in Trump’s budget.
Why a Just and Sustainable Economy Looks Like a Doughnut
by David Korten
This is the real-world economy for a living Earth that we must learn to structure and manage to provide a safe space for humanity.
6 Ways to Put Public Interest Ahead of Big Pharma Profits
by Clo Copass
Increase access to generics, end “evergreening” drug patents, and other ways to put people before profits.
How Taxpayer Money Provides the Research for Big Pharma
by Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz, Clo Copass
Public money and public universities boost Big Pharma’s profits, so shouldn’t the public be able to afford the drugs?
Let’s Help Trump Keep His Promises
by David Korten
Has Trump served us all in breaking things open? Only if we use the moment for serious rethinking of policy.
Robert Reich: Do Not Pretend Trump’s Foreign Policy Is Inconsistent, Arbitrary, or Without Principle
by Robert Reich
The first principle of the Trump Doctrine: People from Muslim countries may enter the U.S. if their country contains a building with Trump’s name on it.
Winners (and Losers) in New York’s Plan to Make College Free
by J. Gabriel Ware 
The first-in-the-nation scholarship program would serve about 1.5 million full-time students. But there are downsides.
In Berlin, a Model for Creative and Affordable Housing
by Sarah van Gelder
Cities with vibrant arts, music, and social scenes are being hit hard by gentrification. But Berlin’s “co-housing culture” shows that a city’s future doesn’t have to go that way.
Extractive Economy Jobs Are Not the Good Jobs Tribes Were Promised
by Mark Trahant
After the construction phase of the Keystone XL, only 35 employees would be needed to operate the pipeline.
Stereotyping Appalachians Feeds Only the Coal Industry
by Nick Mullins
As a fifth-generation coal miner, I see the region’s Trump signs and pro-coal stickers as symbols of defense against a world that views us as lesser.
How to Reinflate the Dream of College-for-All
by Valerie Schloredt
Financial aid doesn’t work unless we’re honest about costs.
No Rural-Urban Divide Here: We All Want Good Jobs and Strong Local Economies
by David Korten
Local control is a foundational conservative principle—but progressives also embrace it.
Promises to Coal Country Aside, Trump’s Budget Cuts Will End an Economic Lifeline
by James Trimarco
The Appalachian Regional Commission helps to create jobs and improve economic fortunes of “distressed counties” in West Virginia and Kentucky.
How to Keep Businesses (and Small Towns) Alive When Owners Retire
by Kaela Bamberger
In Kansas, a new matchmaking service is helping transition small businesses to new hands. Could it be a model for the rest of rural America?