Topic: Politics and Public Policy

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Published October 2015

Improving care jobs requires reshaping the nation's understanding of what care work is, what it is worth, and how to pay for it. Care workers, as well as their advocates and unions, need to be connected to city and state minimum wage campaigns and to begin securing public and private resources to make higher wages for care workers a reality.

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Published October 2014

In one of the best english-language explorations on Quebec's incredible Social Economy movement, Nancy Neamtan, President-Executive Director of the Chantier de l'économie sociale, provides the keynote address to the assembly of participants of the 2014 Manitoba CD/CED Gathering in Winnipeg and answers the question: 'What have we learned and what can we build on in advancing the social economy across Canada?' In this address Nancy covers the history of the social economy in Québec, it's challenges and successes, and what we can learn from this experience.

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Published July 2017

The Beautiful Solutions Gallery and Lab is an interactive space for sharing the stories, solutions and big ideas needed to build new institutional power and point the way toward a just, resilient, and democratic future.

Developed by Beautiful Solutions in partnership with This Changes Everything, this is an open-ended project that will continue to evolve based on the ideas you submit to the Lab, and the ongoing contributions of the thinkers and practitioners on the forefront of building alternatives.

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Published November 2015

In this New Economy Week 2015 article, leaders from the New Economy Project share the origins and strategies of the New York City Community Land Initiative, a powerful coalition using every tactic at their disposal (including board games!) to expand affordable housing in NYC through community land trusts.

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Published November 2015

Would you gamble away your rent money? How about your kids’ college fund, or the money you put aside for food and clothing? If that seems like a terrible idea, then why do cities, counties, and states gamble away our money by giving it to big Wall Street bankers, who throw it into risky derivatives and interest rate swaps? There’s a better way--and it’s one of our nation’s best-kept secrets. (This article originally appeared as part of New Economy Week 2015)

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Published November 2015

Large utility companies control about 75 percent of the electricity market in California. A hybrid between a public agency and private utility, the new Community Choice program is a model for communities that want greener, cheaper energy. (From New Economy Week 2015)

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Published August 2016

In response to the sustained and increasingly visible violence against Black communities in the U.S. and globally, a collective of more than 50 organizations representing thousands of Black people from across the country have come together with renewed energy and purpose to articulate a common vision and agenda.

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Published November 2015

What if we gave everyone a universal basic income, and studied the adverse impacts of development before razing neighborhoods? The policy agenda of a national network you didn’t know existed. (From New Economy Week 2015)

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Published November 2015

The United States’ partial and uneven recovery from the 2008 financial crisis calls for a new economic platform that would unite the employed and the unemployed, strengthen worker power, and point the way to a more democratic economy for the country as a whole. Two such policy proposals have recently been gaining traction on the left: a universal basic income, on the one hand, and a job guarantee on the other. As part of New Economy Week 2015, Dissent, Jacobin Magazine, and the New Economy Coalition brought together activists, journalists, and scholars to discuss these two proposals.

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Published September 2014

Fostering resilient communities and building wealth in today’s local economies is necessary to achieve individual, regional, and national economic security. A community wealth building strategy employs a range of forms of community ownership and asset building strategies to build wealth in low-income communities. In so doing, community wealth building bolsters the ability of communities and individuals to increase asset ownership, anchor jobs locally, expand the provision of public services, and ensure local economic stability. 

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