Using our resources to strengthen our communities.
LA School District Uses Its Spending Power to Support Local Farms, Workers’ Rights, and Kids’ Nutrition
by J. Mijin Chaposted Oct 17, 2014
- Local economies can be strengthened through the large purchasing power of local institutions. Here’s how the nation's second largest school district is doing it.
Why a Tiny Decrease in Unemployment Means a Big Pay Raise for the Poor
by Dean Bakerposted Oct 01, 2014
- 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.
How Money Equals College and College Equals Money
by YES! Editorsposted Sep 26, 2014
The Enchanted Land Where Community College Is Free? Welcome to Tennessee in 2015
by Yessenia Funesposted Sep 03, 2014
- 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
by Jay Walljasperposted Sep 02, 2014
- 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
by Liam Barrington-Bush, Jen Wiltonposted Jul 16, 2014
- 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
by Liz Pleasantposted Jun 27, 2014
- 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?
posted May 23, 2014
- 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
by Corey Hillposted Feb 05, 2014
- 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?
by Mark Andrew Boyerposted May 31, 2013
- 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
by Claudia Roweposted Apr 23, 2013
- How manufacturers, retailers, restaurants, and others are doing business the cooperative way.
To Build a Community Economy, Start With Solidarity
by Abby Scherposted Apr 03, 2013
- 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
by Sven Eberleinposted Mar 20, 2013
- 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
by Colleen Kimmetposted Mar 20, 2013
- 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?
posted Feb 20, 2013
- Why support the co-ops in your community? The benefits might be further-reaching than you think.