New Economy Roundup: Monopoly’s Radical Origins, The Racist Sandwich Podcast, & Gearing up for #CommonBound!

06/06/2018 - 6:04pm

Join hundreds of change-makers at CommonBound, NEC’s biennial conference from June 22 - 24 in St. Louis, MO. With 13 network gatherings, 2 incredible plenaries, and 50+ workshops along 10 themed tracks, CommonBound will provide leaders with the broad tools and skills they need to take this movement to the next level. The last day to register for on-campus housing is this Sunday, June 10th. To take part of a site visit around St. Louis, reserve your spot by June 16th. Register for CommonBound today!


Stories From the Field

Fighting Racial Injustice in the Food System: Dara Cooper, co-founder of the National Black Food & Justice Alliance, was recently awarded the James Beard Leadership award for her work against racist policies. Learn how she’s bringing visibility to black-led food co-ops.

Worker Co-ops in the Gig Economy: Over 240 tech companies in the US are considered “platform cooperatives,” offering gig workers an ethical alternative in the digital service space. Read about the Platform Cooperativism Consortium’s $1m Google grant.

Basic Income Pilot in Stockton, CA: Mayor Michael Tubbs, a 27-year-old Stockton native and Stanford graduate, has proposed a basic income pilot that will provide $500 to 100 residents each month. See how he plans to make this work.

#SchoolsNotPrisonsDIY: Sol Collective awarded 15 California artists, organizations, and community groups funding to increase awareness of the school to prison pipeline. Learn about the grant awardees.


Solidarity Economies Abroad

Global Sharing Week: This annual event, June 3-10, is organized by The People Who Share and Shareable. Global Sharing Week is the largest mass engagement campaign centered around the true sharing economy and highlights the power and impact of sharing resources. It's an opportunity for people around the world to host big and small sharing events. Find an event near you and explore fun and simple ways you can get involved.

UK ‘City of Culture’ Uses Art to Revive Local Economy: Hull, a small city in the north-east of the UK, was hit hard by the decline of its fishing industry. In 2017 it was named the UK City of Culture, kicking off a year-long program of place-based cultural events that have drawn visitors from across the country and given the city a welcome shot of energy, ideas and money. In this article, the project’s Executive Director shares successes and what other governments can do to replicate it.

Greek Solidarity Economy Takes Roots: A new law passed in 2011 defined the social economy and cooperative enterprise in Greece for the first time. Backed by the government, the Greek solidarity economy offers a way through economic crisis “as it contributes to inclusive economic development while combating unemployment and social exclusion and advancing the democratization of work and production.” Learn how the Greek government is supporting solidarity organizing.


Monopoly's Radical Origins

Little known fact! In 1903, a left wing feminist named Lizzy Magie patented the board game that we now know as Monopoly – but she never gets the credit. Lizzie created two sets of rules: an anti-monopolist set in which all were rewarded when wealth was created, and a monopolist set in which the goal was to create monopolies and crush opponents. Unbeknownst to Lizzie, it was the monopolist rules that captured the public’s imagination.

Learn more about Monopoly’s secret history from The Guardian.


Fellowship Opportunity

We Own It is looking for people who care deeply about fairness and the opportunity for communities to fight for what is rightfully theirs. We Own It Fellows are typically rural electric co-op member-owners or people who work with them. Candidates might be new to co-ops or an experienced leaders. This opportunity is deal for people interested in gaining leadership experience, connecting with a growing network of grassroots organizers, implementing campaign tactics, and more.

Apply today! DEADLINE: July 1, 2018


Movement News
4,565 Deaths in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria
Theatre Co-op Seizes the Means of Production
100th Anniversary of the St. Louis Race Riots
A Free Guide on Art & Wellbeing from US Department of Arts & Culture
West Virginians Are Building A New Coal Economy
The Role of Community Land Trusts after Hurricane Maria
A Board Game About Building Power for Social Justice
Week 4 of the Poor People’s Campaign
Laura Flanders Talks to Indigenous Women Leaders
Participatory Budgeting Success in Irvine, CA
Stocks from Employee-Owned Companies Outperform Traditional Businesses
Global Rise for Climate Action set for Sept 8th
Governments Can Now Measure How Equally Growth is Shared
Blockchain and the Sharing Economy


NEC on The Gram

Follow NEC on Instagram - @NewEconomyCoalition - where we’re talking about CommonBound plenary speakers Ash-Lee Henderson, M Adams, Makani Themba, Doria Robinson, Jorge Díaz Ortiz, and Rebecca Kemble. Learn more about these leaders.


Job Board

National Campaigner, Enlace

Communications Coordinator, Grassroots Global Justice/It Takes Roots

Fundraising & Finance Contractor, Grassroots Global Justice/It Takes Roots

Trade Justice Organizers, Citizens Trade Campaign

Organizational Capacity Coordinator, Movement Net Lab

Climate Justice Policy & Programs Coordinator, UPROSE

Cooperative Development Consultant, Keystone Development Center

GIS Fellow, Ioby

Solutions Journalism Reporting Internship, YES! Magazine

Executive Director, Third Wave Fund


Upcoming Events

Black + Brown Community Healing Through Land

Healing our relationship with land is essential for Black and Brown folks who have faced intergenerational dispossession. This workshop will explore the connection between healing and land, offer examples from Detroit of redistribution of public and private lands, and encourage knowledge exchange among participants. Organized by the PeoplesHub and led by Antonio Cosme. (Online, June 7th)

Toward a Fair & Equitable Massachusetts Economy

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts hosts its 29th Annual Conference: Toward a Fair & Equitable Massachusetts Economy at Northeastern’s Curry Student Center in Boston. Join with business and community leaders representing nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies who are working every day to build a sustainable and just economy. (Boston, MA - June 8th)

NYC Network of Worker Cooperatives Conference

The NYC Worker Cooperative conference is a co-production of the Community and Economic Development Clinic at CUNY School of Law and NYC Network of Worker Cooperatives. The 2018 theme is “Owning our Labor” and attendees can expect a full day of workshops, member gatherings, strategy sessions, networking events, and movement building. (New York City, NY - June 9th)

Allied Media Conference

The Allied Media Conference celebrates its twentieth anniversary with an exciting roster of special guests, critical conversations, and moving performances. Tarana Burke, activist and founder of the #MeToo movement, is headlining as the conference’s keynote speaker, in conversation with long-time AMCer Mariame Kaba, founder and director of Project NIA. The AMC Opening Ceremony is produced by multimedia performance artist Tunde Olaniran. (Detroit, MI - June 14-17)

NEC's CommonBound

On June 22-24, 2018, over 700 people across the new economy movement will come together in St. Louis, MO for CommonBound 2018 to connect with one another, share our resources, and demonstrate our power in creating systems that truly meet the needs of our communities. In past years, CommonBound has answered the questions of what is a new economy, why do we need one, and who is it building it. Next June, CommonBound will connect these threads and focus on another question: How do we build a new economy? Registration opens in March. Scholarships available. (St. Louis, MO - June 22-24)

Rethinking Nonprofits: Aligning Equity and Justice with Your Organizational Structure

This training will explore how to infuse the governance, management, and operational practices of our organizations with our values of social, racial, gender, and ecological justice through the practice of deep democracy. Grounded in experience, research, discussion, and practice, the workshop will support participants to reimage and redesign teams, departments, or even their whole organization. (Oakland, CA - July 18th)

Understanding Capitalism and Building Economic Democracy

Center for Popular Economics' Summer Institute is a residential, week-long intensive training in economics for activists, educators, media makers, and anyone who wants a better understanding of how the economy works. This year’s institute will offer economic tools and analysis to understand the vital challenges of our time like climate change and the racial wealth gap. Attendees will discuss topics including “free” trade agreements and international finance, corporate power, economic and military imperialism, and global environmental justice. (Amherst, MA - July 29 - August 4th)

View all NEC member events on our website »

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