New Economy

Video: Can Co-Ops Curb Poverty In New York City?
by Laura Flanders
Of the many businesses in New York, only 23 are worker co-ops. But those that exist have a strong record of raising wages and reducing poverty, especially in low-income communities like city councilmember Maria del Carmen Arroyo's South Bronx district.
Infographic: A Guided Tour of the New Economy
What will the transition to a "new economy" really look like? To find out, explore this interactive infographic from the group New England New Economy Transition.
Remembering Chokwe Lumumba
by Laura Flanders
Can you be a revolutionary and a mayor? Chokwe Lumumba—who spent eight months as mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, before he died—did his best to be both.
Tiny Houses for the Homeless: An Affordable Solution Catches On
by Erika Lundahl
A growing number of towns and cities have found a practical solution to homelessness through the construction of tiny-house villages—and housing officials are taking notice.
New Video from Harry Potter Director Promotes Tax on Wall Street
by John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
The video, set in 2024, shows European bankers looking back at the passage of a tax that brought "serious money to the fight against extreme poverty."
A Passion for Peppers: The Movement to Save New Mexico's Treasured Chiles
by Nina Bunker Ruiz
New Mexico's traditional landrace chile varieties have adapted to hot days, cold nights, and long dry spells. But can they survive modern agribusiness?
A "Pay-It-Forward" Approach to Funding Solar Power
by Corey Hill
Donations to a California nonprofit don't just fund one solar installation, but circulate from one project to the next.
As Trans-Pacific Partnership Falters, Opponents Go After Fence-Sitting Pols
by James Trimarco
A trade deal likely to harm environmental and labor protections may be losing momentum. But it's not dead yet.
To Truly Address Inequality, Let's Build a People-Centered Economy
by Laura Flanders
The high-tech hubs and natural gas drilling the president called for in his state of the union speech aren't the answer to our economic woes. Instead, we need to follow the leadership already coming from communities, workers, and small-business owners.
Obama Calls for "Opportunity for All": 8 Policies to Make It Happen
by Sarah van Gelder
While the president outlined important steps forward last night, bolder steps are needed. Here are eight with the power to truly create the universal opportunity the president called for.
How a Fruit and Vegetable Auction in Rural Ohio Helps Appalachian Farmers Thrive
by Erin L. McCoy
Produce auctions are getting fresh vegetables into food deserts, building community, and helping rural farmers earn a living.
10 Clever Ideas From Around the World to Root Out Inequality (Like Fining Extreme CEO Pay)
by Sam Pizzigati
From Switzerland to New York, it seems like people are talking more than ever about inequality—and its antidotes. Here are some of the most promising and provocative ideas from last year that could shift our course in 2014.
After 20-Year Fight, Bronx Community Wins Big on Development Project Committed to Living Wages and Local Economy
by Laura Flanders
The people of New York’s poorest borough fought to ensure that redevelopment of its castle-like landmark will benefit those who live there. Will it be a gamechanger?
An Economy That Benefits Ordinary People? What We Learned From the 1%
by George Goehl, Bree Carlson
When thinking 40 years into the future, people step out of the current political situation, and our sense of what's possible becomes much more expansive. We are not only able to think bigger—we crave it.
Get Hopeful For 2014: YES! Founder Sarah van Gelder Talks to Democracy Now!
From new leadership in the fight against climate change to an uprising in the education system, there's a lot to be excited about in 2014.