Local Economy

How to Integrate Gift Circles into Any Community

Community: the Missing Ingredient to Happiness I first learned of Gift Economy in a geodesic dome in the gorgeous middle of nowhere, Utah at a Reality Sandwich retreat in 2009. Charles Eisenstein was there speaking, and the sparkle in his eye was...

Kwanzaa’s Seven Principles and the Community

Millions of people are celebrating Kwanzaa this week. Founded by Maulana Karenga in 1966, the holiday started out as a cultural celebration for African-Americans and a replacement for what were thought to be non-African affirming holidays such as Christmas....

Helping the Rich Let Go

  This selection from the Common Good Collective Reader invites an alternative way of viewing wealth: Over the next 20 years, between $35 trillion and &70 trillion will change hands from baby boomers to millennials globally. This will be the largest intergenerational...

Helen Lewis and Community Building in Appalachia

In this week's article, Amelia Kirby treats us to a glimpse into a robust lifetime blending community building and activism from a personal friend of the great organizer, Helen Lewis.   Helen Lewis has many honorifics, including Doctors of Divinity and...

What Does Community Development for Liberation Look Like?

This article, originally published in Nonprofit Quarterly, offers a peek into the tensions and hopes that leaders of national community development organizations grapple with daily, as well as the historical roots of thinking that have shaped their work.   Earlier this...

An Untold Story: Cooperative Economics and Civil Rights

"In your book, every famous name in Black America speaks out about co-ops. Why isn't this history better known?" asks Laura Flanders in her 2014 interview with researcher and author Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard. "Well that was my question, right?...

Radical Economics: Centering Indigenous Knowledge, Restoring the Circle

The article below concludes Nonprofit Quarterly's series—Narratives to Build Collective Economic Power—which NPQ is publishing in partnership with the national racial and economic justice nonprofit, Common Future. In this series, the authors write about their economic justice work and how, in their work, they...

White Theft in Neighborhood Development

In this conversation, Craig Mattson and The Learning Tree co-founder De'Amon Harges explore the ways in which problem of theft looms on the edge of partnerships between various sectors and neighborhood organizations. Craig and De'Amon discuss ways to avoid this...

Does Independence Exist? Exploring Scarcity, Abundance and Interdependence

Modern culture has instilled in most of us an unchecked reverence for the idea of independence. It is a celebrated sign of maturity and accomplishment. A promised path to freedom, and a signal that we have arrived. Soulful teachers,...

‘There’s Good Everywhere:’ Neighbors Partner with Free Library of Philadelphia to Find and Connect Assets

From 2018 to 2021, I had the great joy of working with my colleague Joe Erpenbeck and a team of colleagues from the ABCD Institute in walking alongside an immensely creative, caring group of community members and project staff...

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The Five Valued Experiences

For years, Tim Vogt and the crew Starfire Council of Greater Cincinnati have been working hard at turning their...