New Economy

This Town Built a Market Where Neighbors Can Take What They Want for Free
by Jake Jarvis
It’s a radical but simple experiment that builds community and keeps useful things out of the landfill.
Meet the Woman Who’s Boosting Arizona’s Mom-and-Pop Business Culture
by Fran Korten
One strategy is to reintroduce people to their towns, show them what they can buy locally, and dispel the myth that it’s more expensive.
The Progressive’s Guide to Book Giving—for Every Relative
by YES! Editors
Here are books to gift that spark ideas, give subtle messages, help expand someone’s mind, or just poke a little fun.
The Unlikely Industry Empowering Women in Afghanistan
by Ruchi Kumar
In this deeply conservative society, these women are busting stereotypes every day.
Infographic: How Giving Makes You Much Happier
by Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz, Clo Copass
For a joyful economy, spread the wealth.
The Elite Is Not Who You Think It Is—It Might Be You
by Darrick Hamilton, Christopher Famighetti
Forget about the 1 percent. Are you part of the top 20 percent of Americans who own 89 percent of our country’s wealth?
Why Redneck Revolt Says Deal With Racism First, Then Economics
by Zenobia Jeffries
Addressing our systems of White supremacy cannot be dismissed as “identity politics.”
Houston Neighbors Said No to Walmart and Invested in Black-Owned Businesses After the Hurricane
by J. Gabriel Ware
Communities of color turned to each other to make it through the disaster. Months later, they’re doing the same to rebuild.
When Communities Say No One Should Stay in Jail Just Because They’re Poor
by Amy Roe
Five out of six people behind bars awaiting trial are there simply because they can’t afford bail. Community bail funds offer a solution.
When Buying Nothing Gives You More of Everything
by Erin Sagen
A way to get and give free stuff with your neighbors that is time-consuming, inconvenient—and wonderful.
7 Not-So-Subtle Messages Congress Is Sending With Its Tax Plans
by Mark Trahant
The two tax bills define what’s important to a society. Or more to the point, who’s not important.
Shop Here, Not There: Science Says Reducing Inequality Is Almost That Simple
by Chris Winters
New research shows that shuttling even 5 percent of consumer transactions to poorer neighborhoods can reduce income inequality by up to 80 percent.
If You’re Planning for Your Death, You Have More Options Than Ever Before
by Tanya D. Marsh
Americans are pushing the boundaries of how to memorialize their loved ones and dispose of their remains.
Capitalism Is Not the Only Choice
by Penn Loh
We have opportunities every day to build economies that lift each other up and spread joy.
Trumpism Didn’t Just Lose—Progressives Won
by Chris Winters
It wasn’t just Democrats who won this election, but progressives who didn’t shirk the label.