New Economy

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.
Income Inequality Is a Health Hazard—Even for the Rich
by Yessenia Funes
A public health researcher explains why life expectancy in the United States is falling, and it has to do with income inequality rising.
How to End 30 Years of Wage Stagnation
by Thomas Kochan
Rebuilding workers’ rights is possible—if we are willing to face the tough issues.
10 Reasons to Leave Your Company to Your Workers When You Retire
by Rob Brown
It’s a once-in-a-generation opportunity: Selling to employees can yield a better price, preserve a legacy, keep jobs and profits local—and maybe even eradicate inequality.
Video: How This Brooklyn Neighborhood is Putting Healthy Food in Business
by Liz Pleasant
A co-op training program in Brooklyn could serve as a model for other cities looking to combat the effects of gentrification for long-time residents.
Why Slower Money Is the Key to a Real Economic Recovery
by Keith Harrington
An exciting crop of organizations are financing businesses in a way that creates real wealth. Here are a few ways to scale them up so that they can truly challenge Wall Street.
Dangerous History: What the Story of Black Economic Cooperation Means for Us Today
by Keane Bhatt
African Americans have been pioneering co-ops as an economic strategy since the days of slavery. Author Jessica Gordon Nembhard on how centuries-old models can guide our economy today.
A Techy Management Fad Gives Workers More Power—Up to a Point
by Nathan Schneider
Holacracy aims to liberate workers from micromanagement by replacing bosses with code-like rules modeled on computer programming.
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.
Why We Did an Issue on Debt
by James Trimarco, Christa Hillstrom
Good debts? We know it sounds crazy. But there’s a quiet revolution brewing in how we move money around, and we want our readers to know about it.
“Don’t Owe. Won’t Pay.” Everything You’ve Been Told About Debt Is Wrong
by Charles Eisenstein
With the nation’s household debt burden at $11.85 trillion, even the most modest challenges to its legitimacy have revolutionary implications.