An Operating Agreement created by the Sustainable Economies Law Center for a worker‐owned cooperative popsicle company (hence, the popsicle‐shaped people). Please note that it was written to conform with California law and with the particular preferences and needs of that cooperative. Originally written in Spanish, then translated into English.
National and NYC based resources on the solidarity economy containing reports, audio recordings and podcasts, books, articles, films, how to guides, and relevant national and local groups.
Recycling-based economic development is a powerful tool for any community looking to revitalize its economy.
The report was prepared to inform city agencies, City Council and Mayor's Office about the immediate opportunities for increased recycling and its potential economic impact on the city. The Office of Sustainability, Department of Planning and Department of Public Works were all generous with their data and insights in helping prepare the report.
A veritable choose your own adventure through the New Economy, Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth is a book that allows multiple entries into a vision for a new system by exploring the possible building blocks for that system.
North Dakota is the only state that has established a publicly owned bank: the Bank of North Dakota. This article looks at the benefits that a public bank has brought to the state.
A new investment co-op model lets communities own and develop their commercial spaces. Though new, this model holds potential for the many neighborhoods whose business districts are decaying, controlled by distant landlords or faraway retail chains.
In this TEDx talk, Stacy Mitchell argues for a new phase in the local economy movement. She notes that there's been a resurgence of support for small farms, local businesses, and community banks, but argues that now: "What we really need to do is change the underlying policies that shape our economy."
A growing body of research is proving something that many people already know: locally owned businesses create communities that are more prosperous, connected, and generally better off across a wide range of metrics. This is a roundup of the findings that are putting numbers to the harms of bigness and the benefits of local ownership.
This report suggests that the decline of small businesses is owed in part to anticompetitive behavior by large, dominant corporations. This report presents three compelling reasons to bring a commitment to fair and open markets for small businesses back into public policy, and outlines specific steps to revive competition and small business.