New Economy

Day 5 of New Economy Week: The New Economy Is Close to Home
From California to Mississippi, people are organizing to build local power and are seeing major victories. How do we support and encourage their work?
After Years Without a Grocery Store, Greensboro Neighbors Are Building One Themselves—And They’ll Own It
by Dave Reed
Fed up with essentially begging for access to quality food, residents of this predominantly African-American and low-income neighborhood decided to open their own grocery store.
Day 4 of New Economy Week: Combating Climate Change Without Leaving Anyone Behind
How do we transition to an economy powered by renewable energy without leaving the workers employed by fossil fuel companies behind?
Good Jobs or a Healthy Planet? We Can Have Both
by Chuck Collins
If we really want to fix the environment, then we need to join coalitions with organizations that focus on changing our economic system too.
Beating Climate Change by Retooling the Economy—The Story Begins in Navajo Country
by Mary Hansen
A proposed community-owned solar project on an abandoned coal mine in Arizona illustrates how cooperative economomics make it possible to stop extracting fossil fuels—without leaving workers behind.
Day 3 of New Economy Week: Building a Movement That Can Win
Three Moves for a Bigger, Stronger Worker-Owned Economy
by Alison Lingane
While worker-owned co-ops provide a significant chunk of employment in several European countries, in the United States we still have a ways to go. Fortunately, opportunities for growth are everywhere.
Day 2 of New Economy Week: Expanding How We Think About What's Possible
Economists Who Say the Planet Has Infinite Resources Are Today’s Flat Earth Society
by Eric Zencey
The attempt to solve our ecological and social crises through economic growth is a fool’s task, because both crises have a common cause: an infinite-planet, perpetual-growth economy has met the limits of a finite planet.
My Cousin Was Shot Dead by a Police Officer. Here’s What It Means for the New Economy Movement
by Anand Jahi
Many opportunities exist for collaboration between the movements for racial justice and for an economy that works for everyone.
Day 1 of New Economy Week: The New Economy Isn’t New
Those who have suffered the most at the hands of an unfair economy are also the most experienced at imagining and building alternative futures.
What Housing Organizers in Buffalo Learned from the ’70s
by Aaron Bartley
Why did some of the cooperative institutions built in the ’70s—especially food co-ops—get to scale and thrive in subsequent decades, while others faded away?
With an Economy that Worked for All, Mike Brown Would Still Be Alive
by Ed Whitfield
“Our full humanity is expressed only when we have the capacity and the opportunity to be productive, to do for ourselves, meeting our needs in our communities.”
Want to Build an Economy that Works for Everybody? Next Week, We’re All About It
by Mary Hansen
Next Monday, YES! and the New Economy Coalition kick off New Economy Week—five days of national conversation about the ideas, strategies, and projects that make up the movement.
New Economy Week: Topics of Conversation
On each of the five days of New Economy Week, we’ll be hosting articles, essays, and public conversation about one aspect of the new economy. We’ll link to all five days from this page.