New Economy

Can this Small College in Maryland Pass the Fairest Wage Policy in US Academia?
by Caroline Selle
An initiative developed by staff, students, and faculty would tie the earnings of the school's highest-paid employees to those of the lowest.
We Know Who Stole the Economy—National People’s Action Moves to Take It Back
by David Korten
"Listen to and work with your base to create a shared, big-picture narrative."
These 5 Black Friday Send-Ups Remind Us to Keep Laughing, Not Shopping
by Erin Sagen
Think the "biggest shopping day of the year" has become too depraved to be funny? Let Louis C.K., Seinfeld, and South Park transform your anxiety into hilarity.
TPP Protestors to Foreign Negotiators: "Don't Let U.S. Bully You"
by James Trimarco
Negotiators from Latin American and Asian countries said they were "doing their best" to stand up to the U.S. Trade Representative.
Artist's Dollar-Bill Collages Question the Meaning of Money
by YES! online staff
"Anarchists are certain I'm an anarchist because I cut up a favorite tool of the oppressor," artist Mark Wagner says. "Capitalists think I'm a capitalist because I revel in it."
Hey, NY Times, Want Fairness in Pacific Trade Deal? Then Advocates Must Get Seat at the Table
by James Trimarco
A recent editorial in the The New York Times argued that the Trans Pacific Partnership should strengthen environmental and labor regulations. But that won't happen unless we change the process.
A Year After Sandy, a Co-op Alliance Could Bring Jobs Back to the Rockaways
by Laura Flanders
Last year, Sandy massively disrupted of some of the East Coast’s neighborhood economies. But worker-owned cooperatives are creating jobs with real wealth and meaning.
The Economy of Smallness: Making Economic Exchange a Loving Human Interaction
by Abby Quillen
Philadelphia restauranteur and local economies movement leader Judy Wicks on making good and doing good.
Main Street Comeback: How Independent Stores are Thriving (Even in the Age of Amazon)
by Fran Korten
Despite behemoths like Starbucks and Amazon, the number of independent bookstores, coffeeshops, and other businesses is growing.
Interactive Garment Industry Map
by Jing Fong
An interactive map of garment industry factories, designed in response to the Bangladesh disasters. Also explore a New York Times' Learning Network lesson, "Corporate Irresponsibility? Fashion’s Hidden Cost in Bangladesh’s Garment Industry."
Can Eminent Domain Be Used to Avert a Foreclosure Mess? This California City Thinks So
by Mark Andrew Boyer
Governments usually use eminent domain powers to displace people. But one hardscrabble Bay Area city is going to the mat to do just the opposite—stabilize its economy and keep residents where they are.
Nobel Prize? Meet the Economic Movement That Really Deserves Praise
by Laura Flanders
This week, the Nobel Prize for economics may have gone to three academics, but the real work of fixing our local economies was happening on the ground—as part of New Economy Week.
Will a Secretive International Trade Deal Ban GMO Labeling?
by James Trimarco
The Trans Pacific Partnership is likely to be a setback for efforts to regulate and label GMO foods.
How Domestic Workers Won Their Rights: Five Big Lessons
by Amy B. Dean
After decades of exclusion, home care workers are finally covered by federal minimum wage laws. Anyone who works for social change can learn from how they did it.
What 11-Year-Olds Get—and Adults Forget—About Child Labor in Chocolate
by Katrina Rabeler
Marie Hogan confronted Hershey’s about using children in its supply chain because she cares about other kids, fairness—and candy. Here’s what we can learn from her.