Topic: The Commons

Published July 2017

Few Americans are aware of the steady build-up of innovative community wealth building strategies throughout the United States. is a resouce library which brings together, for the first time, information about the broad range of community wealth building activity.

Basic Page
Posted on 3/16/16

Commoning is the sacred practice of entering into relationship with each other, the Earth, and our co-creations with fairness, integrity, and authe

Two animated profiles of people against a colorful background, one large one small. One, on the left, holds a dandelion that's seeds are blowing toward the other, larger figure. Between them, the words interdependence and democracy are written in stylized, slanting font.
Posted on 2/26/16

Last summer, YES! Magazine and the New Economy Coalition set out to solve a problem both of us kept encountering: Why don’t we have better images to tell the story of the new economy?

Event Date: 03/03/2016 (All day)

Join us for a weekend of community collaboration, cultural expression, engaging discussions and workshops with local leaders.

Event Date: 04/08/2015 (All day)

The first continental Social Solidarity Economy Forum in North America

Event Date: 10/10/2015 - 9:30am

A Consensus Workshop on “How do we define Commons?”  followed by space to crete the actual plan for opening the first Chamber of Commons in Chicago. 

Cropped selection from the 2011 edition book cover. "America" and "Capitalism" are in all white caps. "Beyond" is in lower case cursive red.
Published April 2006

In America Beyond Capitalism, Gar Alperovitz's expert diagnosis of the long-term structural crisis of the American economic and political system is accompanied by detailed, practical answers to the problems we face as a society.

schumacher lectures
Event Date: 10/24/2015 - 9:00am

The first Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures were delivered in 1981 by Wendell Berry, Wes Jackson, and Hazel Henderson. They emphasized the importance of vibrant regional economies at a time when the focus of the nation was on an expanding global economy.

US Social Forum
Event Date: 06/24/2015 (All day)

The US Social Forum (USSF) is a space to come up with the peoples’ solutions to the economic and ecological crisis. NEC is collaborating with a number of partners on a People's Movement Assembly on June 27 in Philadelphia that will be focused on the solidarity economy. More details to follow.

Illustration of a family standing in front of a futuristic city, featuring solar panels, high-speed rail lines and a mix of residential and commercial businesses. Other people are visible in the city.
Posted on 5/20/15

Working to build a new economy from the bottom up will require a lot of experimentation. Having a long-term vision can help make sure such new experiments open the door to even more transformative change in how the economy works.