New Economy

8 Main Street Job Creators Who Are Rebooting the Economy—Starting with Those Who Need It Most
by Mary Hansen
From the Deep South to the West Coast, these entrepreneurs are making sure jobs and dollars grow—and stay—in places hardest hit by hurricanes, poverty, and gentrification.
How the U.S. Government Could End the Student Debt Crisis Today
by Raúl Carrillo
Instead of loaning students money, the federal government could just pay for their tuition, without causing any significant economic problems.
Bikes! Co-Ops! Voyages of Self-Discovery! This Project Brings Together Everything You Love
In the summers of 2012 and 2013, a group of college students and recent grads bicycled across America, visiting cooperative businesses and re-imagining the country they were about to inherit.
“We Couldn’t Possibly Be Poor”: How a Doctor Fell Into Poverty
by Robin Dickinson
“As we found ourselves choosing between rice, oatmeal, or potatoes for every meal, it occurred to us that being in poverty isn’t about how hard you work; it’s about how much money you make.”
Before the Zombie Apocalypse—These 4 Trade Deals Were Ravaging the World!
by James Trimarco, Marc J. Palm
Forget ghouls and goblins. From deregulating Wall Street to shredding environmental and labor protections—these policy monsters are way scarier.
Own the Change: Building Economic Democracy One Worker Co-op at a Time
Take a sneak peek at “Own the Change,” a new documentary about worker-owned cooperatives.
LA School District Uses Its Spending Power to Support Local Farms, Workers’ Rights, and Kids’ Nutrition
by J. Mijin Cha
Local economies can be strengthened through the large purchasing power of local institutions. Here’s how the nation's second largest school district is doing it.
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 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.
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