Is the Local Economy Too Local? Why Co-Ops and Credit Unions Need a Broader Strategy
by Keith HarringtonApr 28, 2015
- Author and activist Gar Alperovitz calls it a “checkerboard strategy.” In the first piece in a series, we look at the organizations working to transform our economy, and how they can benefit from working together.
Food Stamps Are Worth Double at These Michigan Farmers Markets—Helping Families and Local Businesses
by Araz HachadourianApr 22, 2015
- The USDA is putting $31 million behind a program that helps low-income families take home twice the veggies, and local farmers make twice the money.
Big City Living May Help You Slow Down, Stress Less, and Be Happy. Really!
by Zanna McKayApr 17, 2015
- From New York City to Barcelona, cities across the world are turning to “slow living” to make their communities happier and healthier in the face of increasing urbanization.
A Trade Rule that Makes It Illegal to Favor Local Business? Newest Leak Shows TPP Would Do That And More
by David KortenApr 15, 2015
- The leaked text is full of dense legal jargon. But a close reading makes its corporate agenda crystal clear.
How I Learned to Ask For Handouts (No Matter How Weird It Feels)
by Shannon HayesApr 14, 2015
- Farming and writing don't bring home the bacon—why I'm no longer ashamed to ask my community to help.
What If Uber Were a Unionized, Worker-Owned Co-Op? These Denver Cabbies Are Making It Happen
by Mary HansenApr 10, 2015
- Workers at app-driven companies like Uber don’t have the rights of full employees. But with the help of traditional unions, some are banding together into worker-owned cooperatives.
What Your Town Can Learn From America's Most Walkable Suburb
by Jay WalljasperMar 31, 2015
- It's got great transit, plenty of sidewalks, and values people more than cars.
It's Time to Think Boldly About Building a New American System
Mar 31, 2015
- The inability of politics to address poverty, climate change, and other basic challenges has fueled extraordinary experimentation in American communities. Welcome to a new conversation on how we make change happen.
How to Become a Citizen Eater: A Trip Behind the Labels of Your Ethical Cup of Coffee
by Raye StoeveMar 20, 2015
- Labels like "fair trade" and "direct trade" indicate food is ethically sourced—but how do you know what they really mean, and whether they're effective?
A March Madness Makeover: 5 Ways to Bring Fairness Into College Basketball
by Christopher Zumski FinkeMar 20, 2015
- March Madness is now a bigger cash cow than the Super Bowl, but in college sports the only people not getting a piece of the billion-dollar pie are the players.
Why “Broad City” Is the Perfect Comedy for the Student Debt Generation
by Kate AronoffMar 18, 2015
- The Comedy Central show allows millennials of a specific demographic—and even those outside of it—to laugh at the situation the 1 percent has handed them.
7 Myths About Housewives, Debunked
by Lindsey WeedstonMar 13, 2015
- Are housewives less ambitious than career women? Are they bad feminists? Read on to go beyond the stereotypes.
Alternative Currencies Are Bigger Than Bitcoin: How They’re Building Prosperity From London to Kenya
by Raúl CarrilloMar 12, 2015
- The Brixton Pound, Koru Kenya, and Mazacoin are all attempting to achieve a common goal: empowering people in a monetarily unequal world, from the bottom up.
Do Corporations Really Need More Rights? Why Fast Track for the TPP Is a Bad Idea
by David KortenMar 09, 2015
- We can have democracy and a prosperous, just, and sustainable human future. Or we can have corporate rule. We cannot have both.
Craigslist Saved 5M Tons of Stuff From Landfills—And 4 Other New Stats on Local Economies
by Mary HansenMar 03, 2015
- Exactly how much difference do “new economy” organizations make? Economists looked into it, and here are a few of their results.