New Economy

“Evil World Banking” Explained
by Yessenia Funes
In less than two minutes, John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, explains how corporations can take over entire nations through predatory loans and debt collection.
Why Give Breaks to Huge Corporations When We Could Invest Public Money Down the Street?
by Kasia Tarczynska
Cities and states fork over an estimated $70 billion each year to large companies that don’t need public assistance to thrive. We could spend that money on our own neighborhoods.
Why the Economy Should Stop Growing—And Just Grow Up
by David Korten
“How do we grow the economy?” is an obsolete question. Local initiatives across the world are looking for maturity instead as they rebuild caring, place-based communities and economies.
Immigration Is Not Just a Latino Thing. Here’s Why We Need Black Leaders
by Anshantia Oso
For years, the immigrant rights movement has been largely led by Latinos. Today, Black leadership is playing an increasingly important role in the grassroots fight to change U.S. immigration policy.
The Little-Known Farmworkers Who Sparked the Biggest Labor Movement In U.S. History
by Alexa Strabuk
There would be no Cesar Chavez without the Filipino manongs of Delano, California, whose decision to strike set off the most significant labor movement the United States has ever seen.
Portland Fast Food Workers Don’t Just Want a Raise—They Want a Union Too
by Tamara Kneese
Employees at Burgerville, a Pacific Northwest restaurant chain, are unionizing and demanding benefits. Even without their employer’s recognition, their union offers an alternative model for organizing low-wage workers.
What’s a Carbon Farmer? How California Ranchers Use Dirt to Tackle Climate Change
by Sally Neas
Scientists believe that simple land management techniques can increase the rate at which carbon is absorbed from the atmosphere and stored in soils.
What Small Farms Need to Compete With Corporate Food
by Kate Stringer
Most small farms have to follow the same rules as big corporate ones. In Maine, flexible food ordinances have increased the number of small farmers.
The Pragmatic Impacts of Sanders’ Big Dreams
by Sarah van Gelder
Even with Tuesday’s campaign setbacks, Bernie Sanders’ pledge to make the country more equitable and sustainable is more realistic than some people are letting on.
How a Worker-Owned Tech Startup Found Investors—and Kept Its Values
by Nathan Schneider
As cooperative culture spreads into the tech world, Loomio is part of a new wave of entrepreneurs figuring out how to finance a more democratic, values-centered online economy.
Retrofitting Suburbia: Communities Innovate Their Way Out of Sprawl
by Erin Sagen
The future for suburbanites, who now have twice the carbon footprint of city dwellers, seems to be pointing backward to pre-automobile, train-based living.
A Sanders-Clinton Combined Strategy Could Boost Native Americans’ Quality of Life
by Jennifer Biess
To meet multifaceted needs in Indian Country, Sanders and Clinton should combine their economic proposals.
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.
Want to Hire a Worker-Owned Co-op? There’s an App for That
by Michelle Stearn
Coopify wants to bring a sense of community to the app-based booking world by connecting worker-owned cooperatives and other low-income task workers directly with consumers.
How a Health Clinic Made a Local Grocery Store Part of Its Prescription
by Bob Van Meter
A partnership between a Boston health clinic and a local grocery shows what economic development can do when it makes community health a priority.