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Three Years Ago, These Chicago Workers Took Over a Window Factory. Today, They're Thriving.

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 11.09.2015 | Business
Sarah van Gelder

The New Era Windows Cooperative has been in operation since 2013. It hasn't been easy, but the worker-owners have learned together how to operate their own business.

Direct Trade Is Fair Trade (Without the Other Eight Principles)

Dana Geffner | Posted 11.06.2015 | Business
Dana Geffner

Any number of roasters may pay a decent price for coffee, visit a farm, or offer a good cup. But no matter how much direct trade coffee you buy, or fair trade coffee for that matter, we won't transform the current system that puts corporate profits first and marginalizes small-scale farmers until we become politically engaged and start supporting the democratic organizations that advocate and agitate for change from the grassroots up.

How I Learned to Cook for 50 by Being a Vegetarian Idiot

Blake O'Bryan Montgomery | Posted 05.22.2015 | Taste
Blake O'Bryan Montgomery

Figure it out! Trial by stir fry! Make it wok!

Gentrification: Artists in Emeryville Saw It Coming

John M. Eger | Posted 03.05.2015 | Impact
John M. Eger

Unfortunately, given the cost of housing in some areas of the country--usually attributable to the artists and/or the art and cultural districts, which have grown up around them--it is probably too late. A crisis is looming.

The Fabulous Future of p2p Economics, Commerce and Democracy

Jules Peck | Posted 11.17.2014 | Business
Jules Peck

I've just returned from an eye-opening, mind-expanding week in Leipzig at the 4th Annual global Degrowth congress. This vibrant gathering brought together over 3,000, mostly young, 'prosumer' activists and practitioners from a variety of new economy movements.

Capitalists in the 21st Century: Workers Must Step Forward

Frank Islam | Posted 07.09.2014 | Business
Frank Islam

With the rare exception, however, we don't see much of an appetite from the wealthiest capitalists here in the U.S. to engage in a new form of capitalism that would "redistribute" or change the manner in which income or wealth is presently being shared.

A Rhetoric of Their Experience

Hannah Berkman | Posted 07.01.2014 | College
Hannah Berkman

"Bones and hip hop have become such a big part of my experience here at Cal that I feel like our raps are just the rhetoric of that experience." Ben G...

The Business Model of the Future

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 06.08.2014 | Business
Margaret Heffernan

The dominant myth in business is that competition drives excellence. If everyone's competing, they will work harder and produce more. But there's a problem with this argument: it is wrong.

The 10 Most Hopeful Stories of 2013 to Inspire Your New Year

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 03.01.2014 | Impact
Sarah van Gelder

There was something almost apocalyptic about 2013. But much happened that was hopeful this year -- a new pope focused on inequality, successful minimum wage campaigns spread across the country, and the number of states allowing gay marriage doubled.

The Ownership Revolution

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

"There is a new movement that doesn't know it's a movement," said Todd Johnson, according to Marjorie Kelly in her book, Owning Our Future. In the c...

Time to Make Job Creation a Team Sport

Frank Islam | Posted 11.17.2013 | Business
Frank Islam

We live in an era when self-centered individuals and extreme capitalism are extracting rather than adding value for society. As a result, the American dream is at risk for the vast majority of workers.

A Formula for Reawakening Labor: Capitalism, Communities and Cooperatives

Frank Islam | Posted 11.13.2013 | Business
Frank Islam

Based upon the rhetoric at the quadrennial labor convention held in Los Angeles this week, it appears that the labor movement will be trying new thing...

Leaning in Rwandan Style

Liz Hamburg | Posted 09.23.2013 | Impact
Liz Hamburg

The women at these artisan cooperatives in Rwanda are literally "leaning in", leaning over, leaning forward, often with a baby strapped to their back, a heavy load of water or wood on their head and, thanks to Indego Africa, a purchase order in their hands in the afternoon.

State Crowdfunding and the State Banks Will Moot the JOBS Act

Kevin Lawton | Posted 06.24.2013 | Business
Kevin Lawton

We have a signed federal law allowing Americans to access securities crowdfunding, as per the JOBS Act.  But as usual, Congress passed the baton to t...

It Takes Government to Create Markets: Alex Marshall's The Surprising Design of Market Economies

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 08.14.2013 | Business
Mary Manning Cleveland

Conventional economics wittingly or unwittingly provides cover for the One Percent, by professing that "the market" operates benevolently on its own. Alex Marshall gives us an entertaining, thoughtful, and well-written antidote to this dangerous abstraction.

Cooperative Economics: Replacing Capitalism in Collapse

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 08.03.2013 | Business
C. Robert Gibson

This made me wonder: Why did I ever allow myself to live alone with no community and pay a landlord who doesn't make decisions with tenants in a democratic process?

The Cloyne Queen of Coping

Sarah Barness | Posted 07.31.2013 | College
Sarah Barness

It wasn't until late into my first semester at UC Berkeley that I found the thing that would simultaneously scare me shitless, and define my entire college career -- Cloyne Court Hotel.

"The Things Which Unite Us"

Carl Pope | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Carl Pope

Trumka lays down a searing challenge to the right-wing economic royalists who are funding climate change denial: "We must embrace science, and I am here to say that climate change is real and climate change is dangerous."

The Cooperative Way to a Stronger Economy

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.07.2013 | Impact
Sarah van Gelder

Co-ops -- just like people -- can get more done together than anyone can do alone. The good news is that co-ops come in many forms and are more common than you might imagine.

Cuba Under Raul Castro: Economic Reform as Priority?

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 04.27.2013 | World
Arturo Lopez Levy

Even in East Asian countries, with far larger markets than that of Cuba, state promotion of foreign investment was oriented toward the promotion of exports, where competition performs with greater rigor.

A No-Brainer: Launching a Purchasing Co-op for Unions

Rick Sloan | Posted 04.24.2013 | Business
Rick Sloan

A purchasing co-op of unions offers a complex solution to a perplexing problem -- how to strengthen unions financially in these perilous times. It is not a panacea. It simply must prove its value by saving significant sums for its member unions. And it is starting to do exactly that.

Greeks Stand Up to Protect Their Water From Privatization

Daniel Moss | Posted 04.03.2013 | World
Daniel Moss

Greece knows a thing or two about democracy. And as an increasingly arid nation, good water management is fundamental to its future, both political and physical. The recent financial crisis hasn't only tested Greek democracy, but its water as well.

Six Economic Steps to a Better Life and Real Prosperity for All

Gar Alperovitz | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics
Gar Alperovitz

When traditional systems falter and fail, new ideas spring to life. Little noticed by most observers, handholds on processes of potentially important new forms of change have been quietly developing around the country.

Wall Street Journal More Interested in Caviar and Foie Gras Than Worker Ownership

Gar Alperovitz | Posted 02.06.2013 | Media
Gar Alperovitz

A vast democratized "new economy" is slowly emerging throughout the United States. The general public, however, knows almost nothing about it because the American press simply does not cover the developing institutions and strategies.

Cooperative Banking is the Exciting Wave of the Future

Ellen Brown | Posted 05.23.2012 | Business
Ellen Brown

Globally, a burgeoning movement for local, cooperatively owned and community-oriented banks is blazing the trail toward a new, sustainable form of banking.