New Economy

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
Economists Who Say the Planet Has Infinite Resources Are Today’s Flat Earth Society
by Eric Zencey
The attempt to solve our ecological and social crises through economic growth is a fool’s task, because both crises have a common cause: an infinite-planet, perpetual-growth economy has met the limits of a finite planet.
My Cousin Was Shot Dead by a Police Officer. Here’s What It Means for the New Economy Movement
by Anand Jahi
Many opportunities exist for collaboration between the movements for racial justice and for an economy that works for everyone.
Day 1 of New Economy Week: The New Economy Isn’t New
Those who have suffered the most at the hands of an unfair economy are also the most experienced at imagining and building alternative futures.
What Housing Organizers in Buffalo Learned from the ’70s
by Aaron Bartley
Why did some of the cooperative institutions built in the ’70s—especially food co-ops—get to scale and thrive in subsequent decades, while others faded away?
With an Economy that Worked for All, Mike Brown Would Still Be Alive
by Ed Whitfield
“Our full humanity is expressed only when we have the capacity and the opportunity to be productive, to do for ourselves, meeting our needs in our communities.”
Want to Build an Economy that Works for Everybody? Next Week, We’re All About It
by Mary Hansen
Next Monday, YES! and the New Economy Coalition kick off New Economy Week—five days of national conversation about the ideas, strategies, and projects that make up the movement.
New Economy Week: Topics of Conversation
On each of the five days of New Economy Week, we’ll be hosting articles, essays, and public conversation about one aspect of the new economy. We’ll link to all five days from this page.
When Poverty Was the Enemy, Not the Poor
by Tom Eblen
The poverty rate in the U.S. would be 15 percent higher if not for the War on Poverty and government anti-poverty programs since 1967.
Bangladeshi Workers Organize to Protect Their Most Valuable Export: Themselves
by Tiffany Williams
In the evolving global economy, migrants facing virtual indentured servitude abroad—and coming home to debt and social isolation—feels like the new normal.
West Virginia Cattle Farmers Build the Local Food Economy They Need to Thrive
by Erin L. McCoy
The farmers working to build West Virginia’s local meat economy know that their fate relies on the success of the entire local meat ecosystem.
Why a Tiny Decrease in Unemployment Means a Big Pay Raise for the Poor
by Dean Baker
A sustained one-percentage-point decline in the unemployment rate is associated with a 9.4 percent rise in the wages of workers in the bottom quintile of the wage distribution.
Workers in Maine Buy Out Their Jobs, Set an Example for the Nation
by Rob Brown, Noemi Giszpenc, Brian Van Slyke
For the new worker-owners of the Island Employee Cooperative, the transformation into a co-op will create profound changes in their lives.
How Money Equals College and College Equals Money
by YES! Editors