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.
What’s the True Impact of the Alternative Economy? Researchers Decide It’s Time to Find Out
by Eban Goodstein, Robin HahnelMar 03, 2015
- Successful initiatives are investing in human relationships, not faceless call centers or centralized headquarters.
These Neighbors Got Together to Buy Vacant Buildings. Now They’re Renting to Bakers and Brewers
by Olivia LaVecchiaFeb 23, 2015
- Though the model is new and small, it holds outsize potential for the many neighborhoods whose downtowns are controlled by faraway landlords or retail chains.
Students for Economic Pluralism, Unite! How College Kids Are Taking on the “High Priests” of Money
by James TrimarcoFeb 20, 2015
- After years of work as a climate activist, Keith Harrington decided to get a degree in economics. Now, he’s working to transform the field.
Replace the Gospel of Money: An Interview With David Korten
by Dean PatonFeb 20, 2015
- What if we measured wealth in terms of life, and how well we serve it?
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.