Preparing Soil, Planting Seeds: Community Land Trusts for Urban Farms

In Spring 2018, Alice Maggio, David Morgan, Nicole Huang, and Zoë Ackerman partnered with members of the Urban Farming Institute Community Land Trust to carry out a Tufts Field Project. The Urban Farming Institute (UFI) of Boston’s mission is to promote urban agriculture through education, farmer training, policy initiatives, and farm site access for farmers.Continue reading Preparing Soil, Planting Seeds: Community Land Trusts for Urban Farms

Teaching Democracy: Popular Education Training 2018

By Zoë Ackerman Teaching Democracy is a train-the-trainers program and web platform for building the capacity of Tufts and community practitioners in popular education and community-based education methods. It was co-created by Tufts Department of Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning (UEP) with several of its community partners. These methods arise from community organizing and empowermentContinue reading Teaching Democracy: Popular Education Training 2018

Owning Main Street: Three Finance Innovations for Community Control of Development

By Allison Curtis Main Street businesses provide access to goods and services and generate jobs and ownership opportunities for local residents. But more than these economic roles, they also enhance vibrant and safe street life. As important as these commercial districts are, residents may not feel much control as businesses move in and out, shiftingContinue reading Owning Main Street: Three Finance Innovations for Community Control of Development

CORE Fellows Summer 2018

Each summer, two Tufts UEP graduate students work with community partners for a 10-week fellowship through the CoRE (Co-learning/Co-education) partnership.  Funded by Tisch College, fellows get hands-on experience in community planning, organizing and development.  And the fellows help to deepen collaboration between  Tufts and its community partners. In summer 2018, Lydia Collins worked with DudleyContinue reading CORE Fellows Summer 2018

Article online: Urban food sharing and the emerging Boston food solidarity economy

An article that I and Julian Agyeman wrote has just been published online in Geoforum journal. This piece will be part of a forthcoming special issue on Food Sharing. We continue to follow the emerging food solidarity economy in Boston and look at the potentials and challenges to its growth. Check it out at: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016718518302513Continue reading Article online: Urban food sharing and the emerging Boston food solidarity economy

Boston Learns from Jackson MS

On Saturday April 28, the Solidarity Economy Initiative hosted “Learning from Jackson: Building a Solidarity Economy in Boston.” Almost 200 came to afternoon workshops and an evening program featuring Kali Akuno of Cooperation Jackson. This event had many co-sponsors, including from Tufts (Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning, Education, and Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism,Continue reading Boston Learns from Jackson MS

Nishani Frazier on Black Power v. Black Capitalism

Check out this great podcast/article by Next System Project, interviewing Nishani Frazier on Black Power versus Black Capitalism. Frazier is a fellow at the Democracy Collaborative and an associate professor of history at Miami University of Ohio, who has recently wrote Harambee City: The Congress of Racial Equality in Cleveland and the Rise of BlackContinue reading Nishani Frazier on Black Power v. Black Capitalism

Capitalism Is Not the Only Choice

Check out this article I wrote for YES Magazine on solidarity economies. It argues that we need to escape “capitalocentrism” and see that there are all sorts of thriving non-capitalist economies, where there may not be a profit motive or market exchange. These solidarity economies are being innovated out of necessity by poor communities and communitiesContinue reading Capitalism Is Not the Only Choice

CORE Summer Fellows 2017

Each summer, two Tufts UEP graduate students work with community partners for a 10-week fellowship through the CoRE (Co-learning/Co-education) partnership.  Funded by Tisch College, fellows get hands-on experience in community planning, organizing and development.  And the fellows help to extend the collaborative work between the Tufts and the community partner. Below, Minnie McMahon reflects onContinue reading CORE Summer Fellows 2017