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Energy Democracy: Inside Californians' Game-Changing Plan for Community-Owned Power
by Al Weinrub
Large utility companies control about 75 percent of the electricity market in California. A hybrid between a public agency and private utility, the new Community Choice program is a model for communities that want greener, cheaper energy.
3 Ways the TPP Will Hurt the Climate—If We Let It Pass
by Ben Lilliston
The next big trade deal is poised for a congressional vote in 2016. Here's what that means for the planet.
After Decades in a Food Desert, These Neighbors Are Building a $2 Million Co-op—And They Own It
by Liz Pleasant
For nearly 20 years, the residents of this mostly African American Greensboro community had nowhere to shop for food. They tried to attract a big-box grocery store; when that didn’t work, they started their own.
New Economy Week Starts Here
This week, we bring you five pressing challenges blocking our way to a better economy—and a dose of solutions.
Here’s What We’ll Do After the Paris Climate Summit Drops the Ball
by Jim Shultz
No global agreement is coming to save the day. Our powers lie elsewhere, in our communities especially, and this is where we must take the battle.
Acts of Collective Imagination: Notes From the Chief Policy Wonk at America’s Department of Arts and Culture
by Arlene Goldbard
What if we gave everyone a universal basic income, and studied the adverse impacts of development before razing neighborhoods? The policy agenda of a national network you didn’t know existed.
7 Paths to Development That Bring Neighborhoods Wealth, Not Gentrification
by Marjorie Kelly, Sarah McKinley
The plan to build better, more connected, flourishing communities is here—and it won’t require putting a Starbucks on every block.
Borrow, Save, Share: 3 Ways Seeds Can Democratize Our Food System
by Neil Thapar
Just six companies control 63 percent of the commercial seed market. But seed libraries offer us an opportunity to reclaim the seed commons and create our own community food systems.
Baltimore After the Uprising: 3 Trends Building a Fairer, Safer, Stronger Economy
by Dorcas R. Gilmore
Because structural problems need structural solutions.
After Ferguson Uprising, Should St. Louis Spend $1 Billion on a New Football Stadium?
by Kate Aronoff
Just a year and a half after the St. Louis area became internationally known for racism, the city is considering building a billion-dollar stadium. If justice was our priority, says organizer Julia Ho, those tax dollars would be spent very differently.
Video: What Would Reparations for African-Americans Actually Look Like in a Fair Economy?
by Anand Jahi
Ta-Nehisi Coates focused national attention on the reparations debate, but the discussion has since focused largely on police violence. Organizer Ed Whitfield on what comes next.
3 Ways to Jumpstart a Community-Grounded Economy
by Anthony Giancatarino
By centering on race, seeing community members as experts, and changing policies, we can build an economy that benefits everyone.
This Maine Co-op’s Trying to Bring Fresh, Local Food to 10,000 College Students
by Jonah Fertig
For the past 10 years, University of Maine students have been fed by a giant corporate food distributor. If Maine Farm & Sea Cooperative wins the next contract, they’ll send millions of dollars to local farmers and fishermen instead.
What If We Owned the Internet Together? It’s Time to Bring the Co-op Revolution to the Web
by Nathan Schneider, Trebor Scholz
The flourishing of farmers markets and credit unions demonstrates a longing for business that serves the common good. Can it infiltrate the Amazon-dominated, Uberized Internet?
First Openly Gay Country Singer Shares Advice His Dad Gave Him as a Teen
by Liz Pleasant
The lead singer for Lavender Country, the first openly gay country band, shares the touching advice he received from his father.