New Economy

How to Win Workplace Equality? Invest in Neighborhoods Where Women Need It Most
by Angela Glover Blackwell
Women make up nearly half of the workforce, yet old-fashioned policies keep them unequal partners. To remedy this, we must first ensure basic opportunities—like making sure girls can get to school.
The Startup Turning Locals Into Entrepreneurs in Cincinnati’s Gentrifying Economy
by Araz Hachadourian
When neighborhoods develop, longtime residents are often left out of the boom. This incubator helps local entrepreneurs turn big ideas into businesses.
Infographic: Where Legal Abortions Are Hardest to Get—and Who Lives There
by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn
Three maps show where restrictive abortion laws disproportionately affect low-income and African-American women.
What the War on Reproductive Rights Has to do With Poverty and Race
by Renee Bracey Sherman
Forty years after Roe v. Wade, discourse about reproductive rights must acknowledge how crucial the abortion decision is to gender equity, economic stability, and a healthy life free from violence.
Meet the Citizens Who Helped Decide Their City’s Budget—and Got Better Buses, Benches, and Crosswalks
by Ken Otterbourg
Greensboro, North Carolina, is the first Southern city to give citizens direct control over a slice of public spending.
A Sanders-Clinton Combined Strategy Could Boost Native Americans’ Quality of Life
by Jennifer Biess
To meet multifaceted needs in Indian Country, Sanders and Clinton should combine their economic proposals.
In a Tiny House Village, Portland's Homeless Find Dignity
by Marcus Harrison Green
As cities search for solutions to homelessness, Portland’s Dignity Village offers 60 men and women community and safety.
A Bold Shift to Make Public Schools Serve Low-Income Students
by Abigail Savitch-Lew
Last year, New York City began turning schools in poor neighborhoods into community schools—combining rigorous instruction and extracurricular enrichment with a broad social support system.
Project Fatherhood: Uniting the Men of LA’s Toughest Communities
by Daniel Ross
In the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, Project Fatherhood helps end the cycle of absent fathers and gives men a place to discuss what it means to be dads, partners, and sons in one of the city's roughest areas.
How Creative Finance Launched Worker-Owned Co-ops In Post-Sandy New York
by Araz Hachadourian
Half of small businesses don’t make it past the first five years, and owners lose everything trying to pay off the loans. The Working World lets co-ops stabilize before repayment even begins.
Grace Boggs: Reviving the Lost City
by Larry Gabriel
The YES! Breakthrough 15: A decades-long revolution to rekindle the soul of urban neighborhoods.
In London, Diversity and a Great School System Go Hand in Hand (And Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
The White House released a new tool to help calculate the cost of college, “Black Twitter” revolutionizes the meaning of intellectual, and an anti-rape curriculum in Kenya shows promising results.
Do Interest-Free Loans Make Sense? No, But They Do Make a Difference
by Marcus Harrison Green
Neighbors are helping crowdfund the dreams of local entrepreneurs, giving community businesses the chance to expand with interest-free loans.
These Neighbors Got Together to Buy Vacant Buildings. Now They’re Renting to Bakers and Brewers
by Olivia LaVecchia
Though the model is new and small, it holds outsize potential for the many neighborhoods whose downtowns are controlled by faraway landlords or retail chains.
Own a Home in Just Four Years? This Co-Op Program Keeps Workers in the Neighborhood
by Yessenia Funes
Nearly half of Evergreen’s worker-owners have purchased homes through the program.