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Social Investment

Using our resources to strengthen our communities.

The Enchanted Land Where Community College Is Free? Welcome to Tennessee in 2015 The Enchanted Land Where Community College Is Free? Welcome to Tennessee in 2015
by Yessenia Funes
A new bill provides two years of tuition at a community college for participating high school grads who might otherwise face a 7.5 percent unemployment rate—and other states are already following suit.
For Walkers and Cyclists, A Swedish Road-Planning Strategy Helps Save Lives For Walkers and Cyclists, A Swedish Road-Planning Strategy Helps Save Lives
by Jay Walljasper
Utah, Minnesota, and Washington have seen traffic fatalities decline by 40 percent. Here's how they did it.
Welcome to the Spanish Town Where People Come Before Profit Welcome to the Spanish Town Where People Come Before Profit
by Liam Barrington-Bush, Jen Wilton
The town of Marinaleda, often called Spain's "communist utopia," is proof that an economy built on mutual aid is possible.
Worker-Owned Co-ops Get $1 Million in NYC Spending Worker-Owned Co-ops Get $1 Million in NYC Spending
by Liz Pleasant
New York City's newly approved budget allocates $1.2 million for developing and supporting worker-owned cooperative businesses.
Will Jackson, Miss., Be the New Co-op Capital of the South? Will Jackson, Miss., Be the New Co-op Capital of the South?
Three months after the death of Jackson's radical mayor, the city's residents are working to make his vision of cooperative economics a reality.
A "Pay-It-Forward" Approach to Funding Solar Power A "Pay-It-Forward" Approach to Funding Solar Power
by Corey Hill
Donations to a California nonprofit don't just fund one solar installation, but circulate from one project to the next.
A New Deal for Appalachia’s Forests: Growing Biofuels? A New Deal for Appalachia’s Forests: Growing Biofuels?
by Mark Andrew Boyer
The mine-ravaged communities of Eastern Kentucky have been increasingly abandoned by the coal economy. Could growing biofuels jump-start a new local jobs market—and renew the land in the process?
From Housing to Health Care, 7 Co-ops That Are Changing Our Economy From Housing to Health Care, 7 Co-ops That Are Changing Our Economy
by Claudia Rowe
How manufacturers, retailers, restaurants, and others are doing business the cooperative way.
To Build a Community Economy, Start With Solidarity To Build a Community Economy, Start With Solidarity
by Abby Scher
How residents who can’t afford to buy in still get the benefits of co-op work and housing.
6 Ways to Fuel the Cooperative Takeover 6 Ways to Fuel the Cooperative Takeover
by Sven Eberlein
From now on, the global mantra for filling market gaps is going to be, “There’s a co-op for that.” But co-ops need customers, money, and training. How do we shift from business as usual to the work of cooperation?
Credit Unions Put Your Money to Work—Right Where You Live Credit Unions Put Your Money to Work—Right Where You Live
by Colleen Kimmet
What if your bank’s first priority was to do good? Vancouver’s Vancity leads the way in putting dollars back into the community.
 Just the Facts: What's So Good About Co-ops? Just the Facts: What's So Good About Co-ops?
Why support the co-ops in your community? The benefits might be further-reaching than you think.
Green Housing: In Buffalo, It's Not Just for Rich People Anymore Green Housing: In Buffalo, It's Not Just for Rich People Anymore
by Mark Andrew Boyer
Can we build sustainable housing that's affordable, too? The city of Buffalo did, and created a community jobs pipeline in the process. Here's what can happen when neighborhoods take the lead.
At Oakland’s Abandoned Army Base, a Jobs Plan Brings Hope to Locals At Oakland’s Abandoned Army Base, a Jobs Plan Brings Hope to Locals
by Mark Andrew Boyer
A new $1 billion plan to turn a vacant base into a shipping and logistics center will create thousands of jobs for the Oakland residents who need them most.
Time for Some Good Jobs Guarantees Time for Some Good Jobs Guarantees
by Brooke Jarvis
Corporations often take big helpings of public funds, saying that they’ll provide jobs in return. But how can communities make sure they deliver?
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