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Social Investment

Using our resources to strengthen our communities.

Raise My Taxes, Please Raise My Taxes, Please
by Naomi Sobel
Why one wealthy American wants the Bush tax cuts to expire and the estate tax to be reinstated.
10 Ways to Solve the Jobs Problem 10 Ways to Solve the Jobs Problem
by Fran Korten
Imagine a no-holds-barred “summit” that comes up with ideas to solve both our job and environmental problems. What might it come up with?
Home-Grown Businesses: The Role of Grassroots Financing Home-Grown Businesses: The Role of Grassroots Financing
by Stacy Mitchell
How businesses are turning to their neighbors for funding.
The Right to Housing in Haiti The Right to Housing in Haiti
by Colette Lespinasse with Beverly Bell
With housing still inadequate more than 6 months after the earthquake, Haiti is witnessing the seeds of a people's movement to demand the human right to housing.
Development Redefined: A Holistic Vision in Bangladesh Development Redefined: A Holistic Vision in Bangladesh
by Suzanna Finley
Photo essay: Bangladeshi activists promote development that's rooted in indigenous knowledge and community values.
Health Care Economics 101 Health Care Economics 101
by Ken Fabert
When it comes to health care, everyone can't have everything right away. But we can make smarter choices that don't leave anyone out in the cold.
Reining in Wall Street: Round 1 Reining in Wall Street: Round 1
by Sarah Anderson
Congress is about to pass the first financial reform bill after the meltdown, which includes small positive steps. But there are two key pieces of unfinished business.
More States May Create Public Banks More States May Create Public Banks
by Ellen Brown
Several states are studying the prospects of a state-owned bank or are considering legislation to make one possible.
Jobs, Not Handouts
by David Korten
David Korten: Wall Street's plunge shows what's wrong with phantom wealth. Why support that system when we could be creating jobs in the real economy?
A New Deal for Local Economies A New Deal for Local Economies
by Stacy Mitchell
More local, durable economies are already taking root. We can help them along by changing the way we regulate businesses, plan cities, and finance the communities we want.
Fix the Economy, Not Wall Street Fix the Economy, Not Wall Street
by David Korten
Would-be Wall Street regulators aren't asking the right question: How do we create a financial services sector that directs money where it is actually needed?
Making Money Work: How Can We Reconnect Capital with Community? Making Money Work: How Can We Reconnect Capital with Community?
by Stacy Mitchell
Our investments tend to fund consolidation and speculation. But new models are emerging that allow us to finance the economy we really want.
Banking on Change Banking on Change
With a briefcase and a motorcycle, a banker in India gets poor communities on their feet—and, in the process, blurs the lines between finance and community organizing.
The Growing Movement for Publicly Owned Banks The Growing Movement for Publicly Owned Banks
by Ellen Brown
The momentum toward creating state-owned banks is increasing as more states look for ways to bypass Wall Street, balance their budgets, and get local economies moving.
Financial Transactions Tax: A Little Tax on the Big Casino Financial Transactions Tax: A Little Tax on the Big Casino
by Tanya Dawkins
The Center for Economic and Policy Research estimates that an FTT of only one-half of one percent would generate at least $60 billion to $100 billion dollars in the United States alone.
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