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NEW ECONOMY

A fair economy that works for people and the planet.

Visiting the Economies of the Future Visiting the Economies of the Future
by David Brancaccio
Journalist David Brancaccio takes us to the most innovative local economy hot spots in his PBS documentary, “Fixing the Future.”
The Radical Dissent of Helen Keller The Radical Dissent of Helen Keller
by Peter Dreier
Here’s what they don’t teach: When the blind-deaf visionary learned that poor people were more likely to be blind than others, she set off down a pacifist, socialist path that broke the boundaries of her time—and continues to challenge ours today.
A New Era of Worker Ownership? A New Era of Worker Ownership?
by Gar Alperovitz
All over the country, people—like the workers of Chicago’s New Era Windows—are building worker-owned cooperatives that root jobs in the communities that need them.
How the Student Loans Debate Got Religion How the Student Loans Debate Got Religion
by Christa Hillstrom
There’s a biblical precedent for forgiveness—of debt. Why churches are standing by students on one of the Bible’s most surprising social principles.
In Praise of Vacant Lots In Praise of Vacant Lots
by Jay Walljasper
Jay Walljasper on why “profitable economic function” is sometimes less valuable than empty space.
Growing Beyond Growth for True Democracy Growing Beyond Growth for True Democracy
by J.A. Myerson
When democracy is not determined by economic power, it is possible to imagine alternatives to “growth” and “austerity.”
Trading in Democracy: Why Rights Are Still For Real People Trading in Democracy: Why Rights Are Still For Real People
by Robin Broad, John Cavanagh
International trade deals allow businesses to sue elected governments when corporate interests are threatened abroad. Here’s why you should care.
One More Benefit of Local Food One More Benefit of Local Food
by Shannon Hayes
A farmer sings the praises of having non-farmers close at hand.
Building the New Economy: Ten Steps We Can Take Now Building the New Economy: Ten Steps We Can Take Now
by James Gustave Speth
How to choose people, place, and planet over profit, product, and power.
Why Is India Still Poor? Why Is India Still Poor?
by Ashish Kothari, Aseem Shrivastava
India’s development was supposed to be an economic success story. What we can learn from what actually happened.
Homes That Survived the Crash Homes That Survived the Crash
by Sarah van Gelder
While Wall Street players used home finance to make mega-profits for the 1 percent, local banks and community land trusts got people into decent, secure, affordable homes.
Cheaper Together: How Neighbors Invest in Community Cheaper Together: How Neighbors Invest in Community
by Miriam Axel-Lute, John Emmeus Davis, Harold Simon
Cooperative financing and community land trusts keep rents affordable and homeownership within reach.
Wisconsin’s Uprising: It’s Not Over Wisconsin’s Uprising: It’s Not Over
by Andy Kroll
The recall failed. So what’s next for the Cheddar Revolution?
From Sitting In to Taking Over: A Worker-Owned Cooperative at Republic Windows and Doors From Sitting In to Taking Over: A Worker-Owned Cooperative at Republic Windows and Doors
by Yana Kunichoff
Once a symbol of worker mistreatment and the failures of the financial system, the famous Chicago factory may soon be run cooperatively by its workers.
The Other Side of Gainful Unemployment The Other Side of Gainful Unemployment
by Shannon Hayes
The downsides of doing it all.
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