New Economy

A Bold Shift to Make Public Schools Serve Low-Income Students
by Abigail Savitch-Lew
Last year, New York City began turning schools in poor neighborhoods into community schools—combining rigorous instruction and extracurricular enrichment with a broad social support system.
Half of America’s Workforce Has No Retirement Plan—But Illinois Has a Fix
by Marcus Harrison Green
Economists see the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program, designed for private-sector workers, as an innovative complement to Social Security.
Uber’s Immigrant Drivers Look Forward to Better Pay—and Bigger Voice
by Ana Sofia Knauf
A union for Seattle Uber drivers means finally having the right to a two-way conversation with their multibillion-dollar employer.
What’s the New Economy Look Like? Here’s What Our Artists Did With Your Ideas
by Kate Aronoff
Pictures of windmills and farmers markets are great, but they don’t capture the diversity and radicalism of the movement. So we asked readers like you for poster ideas and handed them over to two of our favorite artists.
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.
Project Fatherhood: Uniting the Men of LA’s Toughest Communities
by Daniel Ross
In the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, Project Fatherhood helps end the cycle of absent fathers and gives men a place to discuss what it means to be dads, partners, and sons in one of the city's roughest areas.
Was 2015 the Year Big Food Began to Lose Its Sway?
by Andy Bellatti
Companies like Coca-Cola and Monsanto were called out for conflicts of interest, leaving many in the public health sector to wonder if next year transparency might become the new normal.
How to End 30 Years of Wage Stagnation
by Thomas Kochan
Rebuilding workers’ rights is possible—if we are willing to face the tough issues.
18 Holiday Gift Ideas—From Co-ops
by Brian Van Slyke
Here's how to use your holiday shopping to support cooperatives.
COP21: What Paris Can Learn From a Mississippi Co-op
by Marcus Harrison Green
Cooperation Jackson heads to the Paris climate talks to show what a just transition to a green economy looks like.
5 Apps for the Sharing Economy (and Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
FDA approves genetically engineered salmon, gun control debates overlook the biggest group of gun violence victims—black men—and apps that might help you put old stuff to new use.
REI Will #OptOutside on Black Friday. Can It Change Retail (and the Economy)?
by Parag Rajendra Khandhar
All 143 REI stores will be closed on Black Friday. But what more can the co-op do to live up to its values and transform the conversation in the United States?
Special Report: The First Nations Blockade That Could Shut Down the Tar Sands
by YES! Editorial
Journey with us to the Unis'to'ten camp, where one First Nations clan stands in the path of three pipelines.
10 Reasons to Leave Your Company to Your Workers When You Retire
by Rob Brown
It’s a once-in-a-generation opportunity: Selling to employees can yield a better price, preserve a legacy, keep jobs and profits local—and maybe even eradicate inequality.
Energy Democracy: Inside Californians' Game-Changing Plan for Community-Owned Power
by Al Weinrub
Large utility companies control about 75 percent of the electricity market in California. A hybrid between a public agency and private utility, the new Community Choice program is a model for communities that want greener, cheaper energy.