Local Food With a Big Twist: Oregon Super-Cooperative Takes Aim at the Corporate Food System
by Mary Hansen, Liz PleasantFeb 18, 2015
- This co-op south of Portland wants to strengthen the local food system by helping local farmers cooperate instead of compete with one another.
What Does It Take to Start a Worker Co-Op? A Practical Video Guide to Democratizing Our Economy
by Laura FlandersFeb 10, 2015
- A new film asks whether practicing workplace democracy would be easier if our media gave us as many visions of collaboration as they do of competition?
What a Real-Life Rosie the Riveter Taught This Feminist Geek
by Lindsey WeedstonFeb 06, 2015
- Before meeting Geraldine, I’d assumed that most of the women from the 1940s were unaware of how capable they were. I was wrong.
Alaska Bolstered Its Economy and Curbed Inequality—By Paying Everyone Thousands in Oil Dividends Every Year
by Peter BarnesFeb 03, 2015
- After 30 years, the practice of paying every resident—including children—at least $1,000 has made Alaska one of the least unequal states in America. Here's what the rest of us can learn.
Young Adults Love Walking, Biking, and Buses—11 Reasons That’s Good For Everyone
by Jay WalljasperFeb 03, 2015
- Buses, trains, bikes, and walking represent more than an efficient means of getting from one place to another. They move us toward a brighter future because of the many social and economic benefits they foster.
Community-Owned Energy: How Nebraska Became the Only State to Bring Everyone Power From a Public Grid
by Thomas M. HannaJan 30, 2015
- In this red state, publicly owned utilities provide electricity to all 1.8 million people. Here's how Nebraska took its energy out of corporate hands and made it affordable for everyday residents.
Forget Venture Capitalists—This Scrappy Composting Co-Op Found Another Way to Get Startup Money
by Laura FlandersJan 29, 2015
- The banking system makes it tough for local businesses to get their hands on startup money. But creative entrepreneurs are finding solutions.
How One Boston Neighborhood Stopped Gentrification in Its Tracks
by Penn LohJan 28, 2015
- Community land trusts create housing that is permanently affordable. And they also help new city farmers get land.
Six Ways the US Is Building a People-Powered Economy
by Sarah van GelderJan 27, 2015
- Alternative business models such as worker-owned cooperatives are gaining ground, proving that a more just and sustainable future is possible.
How to Hack City Money: Let 16 Year Olds Vote on Budgets, Get Banks to Invest Locally
by Shannan StollJan 16, 2015
- In California and Ohio, two city governments are entrusting their citizens with budgeting and rewarding banks for valuing local communities.
This Rust-Belt Town’s Survival Strategy Is All About Giving Workers Control
by Abby ScherJan 13, 2015
- Reading is one of Pennsylvania’s poorest cities. Can its residents turn things around by building a more democratic economy?
“They’re driven by love. And they’re fierce.” Naomi Klein on the Climate Heroes Who Inspire Her
by Sarah van GelderJan 07, 2015
- From Native activists to urban youth, new leadership finds ways to deal with climate chaos.
Vermonters Lobby for Public Bank—And Win Millions for Local Investment Instead
by Alexis GoldsteinJan 07, 2015
- Advocates didn’t get the public bank they wanted. But the compromise they reached in the end was still a rare and significant win over Wall Street banks.
Laid-Off Baltimore Workers Beat Disney in Court—And Ask All the Right Questions About Urban Development
by Christina ArrisonJan 06, 2015
- By some estimates, the city of Baltimore has sunk more than $1.5 billion into its Inner Harbor. Workers and residents want their share too.
Owning Together Is the New Sharing
by Nathan SchneiderDec 30, 2014
- Companies and startups are aspiring toward an economy, and an Internet, that is more fully ours with the use of cooperatives, "commons-based peer production," and cryptocurrencies.