Local Economy

Four Winning Models for Building Community Wealth

In this article, originally published on Next City, we are taken on a tour of the work of four "financial activists" opening up community-controlled pathways for shared wealth and local thriving.   If we’re ever going to have a just economy,...

A Winter Solstice Celebration for 2023 with Manda Scott and Nathalie Nahai

What is emerging in the collective heart of the world right now?  How are we stepping out of the old and into the new?  In what ways might despair and joy co-exist inside of us our current reality? In this...

Toolshare for Neighborhood Economics: Shopping & Business Directory

I would like to invite you along for a journey I've taken toward developing a tool I'm quite excited about for cultivating "community, economy, and mutual delight" (as coined years ago by community practitioners in and around Broadway United...

Cooperative Ways to Weather the Silver Tsunami

As baby boomer business owners retire, their employees are taking ownership of their own futures.   Sierra Allen, 21-year-old barista, had just ended their shift at Baltimore’s Common Ground Cafe on July 2, 2023, when a co-worker texted them the shocking...

The Response: Resist & Build with Emily Kawano, Matthew Slaats and Edget Betru

The Response is a podcast produced by Shareable exploring how communities respond to disaster — from hurricanes to wildfires to reactionary politics and more. This episode features organizers stewarding the "Resist and Build" coalition and gatherings in the United...

How to Map Assets & Expose Real Wealth for Shared Futures

Harnessed fully, there are more talents and resources within any small group of passionate citizens than are actually needed to manifest deep social change. It is just a matter of how willing we are to step back and see...

100MLives: Trusting Communities to Author their Solutions

From its start in 2014 to its completion in 2020, the 100 Million Healthier Lives (100MLives) global movement fundamentally transformed the way the world thinks and acts about health, well-being, and equity. Grounded in trust, and interconnected in partnership...

Reshaping the Idea of Rural America: Stories from Our Communities

Rural America is far more diverse than how it is portrayed in media and popular culture. This article is the second in the Nonprofit Quarterly series Eradicating Rural Poverty: The Power of Cooperation. Coproduced by Partners for Rural Transformation,...

Disaster collectivism: How Communities Rise Together to Respond to Crises

When Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, 2017, Judith Rodriguez was asleep in her home. Or rather, she was trying to sleep, but the sounds of the deadly storm blowing over the island woke her up. “That...

From Bayanihan to Talkoot: Communal Work Practices from Around the World

For all of human history, societies have depended on communal work to sustain themselves into the (often unpredictable) future. However, at a certain point, that all changed. Market forces took over, and communal projects ceased to have the same...

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In Pursuit of Liberated Mothering

Cross-cultural dialogue, especially among moms of color, can build new narratives that challenge the legacies of white supremacy and...