New Economy

What’s Next for the World’s Largest Federation of Worker-Owned Co-Ops?
by Mary Hansen
A conversation with Mondragon President Josu Ugarte on the future of the mega-cooperative.
How This Library Paid $1 to Install Its Solar Panels
by Mary Hansen
In West Virginia, Solar Holler helps nonprofits install solar panels for less than the price of a cup of coffee.
These Friends from High School Bought an Abandoned Factory. Now They're Distilling Artisanal Whiskeys‏
by Samuel Dolgin-Gardner
Much as blight can be contagious, so can renewal. How grassroots community groups are saving neighborhoods and building new businesses.
Where Do “Rednecks” Really Come From? A New Museum Has the Surprising Answer
by Catherine V. Moore
Tourists spend $400 more per trip on average when their trips focus on history and culture. That could be a big opportunity for West Virginia's changing economy.
Even in a Drought, California Farms Have a Future—But They’ll Need Local Control to Succeed
by Keith Harrington
Some California farmers have discovered ways to farm that use very little water, yet thirstier methods still dominate. What gives?
One in Four Local Banks Has Vanished Since 2008. Why We Should Treat It as a National Crisis
by Stacy Mitchell
While megabanks make megabucks, local banks are financing businesses that create jobs and improve well-being. So why are they disappearing so rapidly?
One of These 4 Radical, Badass Women Could Be on the $20 Bill
by Lindsey Weedston
Until May 10, Americans will vote on Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, and two other contenders to replace Andrew Jackson.
Is the Local Economy Too Local? Why Co-Ops and Credit Unions Need a Broader Strategy
by Keith Harrington
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 Hachadourian
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 McKay
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 Korten
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 Hayes
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 Hansen
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 Walljasper
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
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.