New Economy

Finally, Jobs That Work for Parenting
by Anne Miller
Right now I’m not worried about the glass ceiling. For now, with a young child, I’m embracing freelance work.
Who Replaced 9-to-5 Workers?
by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn
In just a few years, half of all workers will be outside the traditional economy. Not just artists and farmers but business people and professors, too.
How We Became an Economy Full of Side Jobs
by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn
The job growth that led us out of the recession has been in nontraditional jobs, and that's working well for women.
For Workers Who Feel Like Part of a Machine, These Companies Get It Right
by Christa Hillstrom
The Good Work Code attempts to re-examine what workers and employers want and to build jobs around shared values.
As 9-to-5 Jobs Vanish, Look Who’s Reinventing the Working World
by Paul Hampton
Overcoming isolation in the gig economy, workers like Amazon’s Mechanical Turks are building democratic, worker-led communities.
Maybe the Gig Economy Doesn’t Have to Mean Oppressed Workers
by David Korten
Has gig work helped you build community or left you isolated and vulnerable?
Can Workers Get a Fair Deal in the Gig Economy?
by Steven Hill
The whole sector won’t enjoy broader success until its companies learn how to combine flexible work with better treatment.
As #BankBlack Moves Money, Black Credit Unions Are Ready
by Zenobia Jeffries
While the number of Black-owned banks is down to only 22, there are 318 Black credit unions uniquely positioned to invest in their communities.
Female Migrant Farmworkers Push Back Against Machismo and Abuse in California’s Wine Country
by Trina Moyles, KJ Dakin
In Sonoma County, women are coming together to support one another and advocate for the safety of undocumented fieldworkers who often work in isolation.
Why Economists Are Coming Out in Favor of Unconditional Basic Income
by Leslee Goodman
Economist Guy Standing says the policy can reverse inequality. It also has an invigorating effect on volunteerism, home ownership, and community strength.
As Boomers Retire, Mom-and-Pop Businesses Convert to Co-ops to Save Jobs
by Keli Tianga
Baby boomers are the largest percentage of business owners, and they’re headed toward retirement. Worker cooperatives could keep the jobs they’ve created from disappearing.
Why Give Breaks to Huge Corporations When We Could Invest Public Money Down the Street?
by Kasia Tarczynska
Cities and states fork over an estimated $70 billion each year to large companies that don’t need public assistance to thrive. We could spend that money on our own neighborhoods.
Digging Into the Meaning of Work (With Real Shovels)
by Jamie McCallum
Is the work we do for pay like digging a hole to nowhere? The author put shovels in the hands of 15 people to find out.
Austin’s Unique Policy Shift to Create Jobs for Everyone, Not Just Techies
by Amy Evans
How the city is promoting local economic growth that goes beyond deals for big companies.
Half of America’s Workforce Has No Retirement Plan—But Illinois Has a Fix
by Marcus Harrison Green
Economists see the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program, designed for private-sector workers, as an innovative complement to Social Security.