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Chicagoland's Arts and Culture Brings the Vibrancy -- and Money, Too!

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 06.12.2016 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

Whether you're visiting Chicago for the first time or returning home, one thing is apparent: this is a city that values its creative sector.

Small Business Not Neutral on Net Neutrality

Claudia Viek | Posted 06.27.2015 | Business
Claudia Viek

Main Street, back street, home-based business owners, freelancers, mompreneurs, Etsy artisans - all should hail the decision by the Federal Communications Commission to regulate Internet providers as utilities and fight to keep the newly published rules intact.

Is Shopping Local Making a Comeback?

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 01.31.2015 | Small Business
Stacy Mitchell

Independent retailers might be on the verge of making a comeback. New data show locally owned stores are increasingly popular with shoppers, deliver more jobs and economic benefits than big retailers, and, in a few categories, like books and groceries, are now expanding in number for the first time in years.

Eight Acupuncture Points for Transforming Capitalism

Otto Scharmer | Posted 08.15.2014 | Good News
Otto Scharmer

When you look at the local living economy movement today, it's remarkable to see how much has been accomplished in just the few years since it began. Making our food cycles more local, sustainable, and inclusive has gone from fringe to almost mainstream in just 15 years.

Budget Luxury: Practicing for the Family Vacation

Leah Mayor | Posted 03.23.2014 | Travel
Leah Mayor

As a new wife, and an expecting mother, this year's winter-vacation challenge was to create a budget-friendly luxury escape. We decided on Hawaii, then defined a budget. And set out to put together a vacation that would "wow" us but accommodate a youngster -- practicing for the family vacation.

How Urban Agriculture Is Revitalizing Local Economies

Rohit Kumar | Posted 08.04.2013 | Green
Rohit Kumar

When I look out onto the urban landscape of manicured green grass, the potential for a buzzing new local food economy seems so obvious. It seems the transformation might already be underway.

Refinancings Come Into Focus

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 05.11.2013 | New York
Lita Smith-Mines

If we're looking for an economic rising tide to carry all our boats, I don't see it locally just yet. I see the holes in leaking vessels being plugged, while those onboard are still carrying excess weight.

Impact Investing Reaches a Turning Point

Michelle Long | Posted 12.19.2012 | Business
Michelle Long

A term that was itself only coined a couple of years ago, impact investing aims to shift industries and make an impact, not just to screen out negative or harmful investments. It is incredibly heartening on a number of levels to see the flood of interest coming.

Fast-Growing Companies Show Up in Surprising Places

Yasuyuki Motoyama | Posted 11.12.2012 | Small Business
Yasuyuki Motoyama

Where are the fast-growing firms geographically concentrated? Even without including the term "innovation," this question actually gets us closer to detect where innovations are located. Why?

Want To Change Your City? Check Your City Vitals

Lee Fisher | Posted 09.18.2012 | Impact
Lee Fisher

It is clear that there is no one thing that will increase the prosperity of a city, but there are measurable indicators that cities can focus on to maximize their potential in a global economy.

U.S. Cities Look To 'Sell To The Globe'

Reuters | Posted 03.21.2012 | Business

By Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON Jan 19 (Reuters) - Whipped by the recession and financial crisis, U.S. cities are looking far beyond their ...

Buying Local Yields More Jobs, Stronger Communities

Jeff Milchen | Posted 02.15.2012 | Small Business
Jeff Milchen

Even a modest shift of 10% more spending going to independent community-based businesses this season would create dramatic changes for the better in our economy, including a wave of new job creation.

Meeting Wendell Berry: Authentic Heroes in Real Places

Mallory McDuff, Ph.D. | Posted 01.16.2012 | Home
Mallory McDuff, Ph.D.

In his writings, Berry speaks about reclaiming local economies and living an authentic life. And in an age when heroes seem to beg for all our attention on TV and Twitter, Berry doesn't even use a computer.

A Real Plan For Jobs In San Francisco

Dennis Herrera | Posted 10.11.2011 | San Francisco
Dennis Herrera

We can't just create any jobs -- we need to create the right kind of jobs for San Francisco. Jobs that help working families, provide a living wage, create a greener city, and promote our common values of innovation, creativity and community service.

How Can We Solve the Jobs Crisis?

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 07.12.2011 | Business
Sarah van Gelder

Creating sustainable jobs will require restructuring our economy to more equitably share the work and wealth of this country, without destroying the foundation of all economies -- the natural world.

Farm Tour: Search for an Authentic Life

Leah Mayor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Leah Mayor

Now may be as good a time as any to use our travel time and dollars to get to know our neighbors a town or a state over, and to find where authenticity lives in our own communities.

Pioneers of the New Normal

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sarah van Gelder

Americans are facing a troubling reality. The economic recovery we were promised has not materialized. There's growing talk about a "new normal"--a ne...

Buying local while working global

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Scott Gilmore offers a bet. With one phone call, the Ottawa native said he could get a trailer filled with bottled water shipped to the most remote co...

Economic Roads Less Traveled

Adele Israel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Adele Israel

Our present economic path is not sustainable. "The Economics of Peace" conference showcased several different roads businesses can travel and still thrive.

The New Economy Won't Be Like the Last One

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Sarah van Gelder

The current economic downturn offers an exceptional opportunity to rebuild and, this time, to make it an economy that works for all.

What America Got For Christmas

Reverend Billy | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Reverend Billy

So the retail bubble finally burst, with some estimating an extreme contraction of up to 8%. An America where local economies strike a balance with the big companies is clearly the idea.