Mutual Banks: an old model for a new economy?

Not all banks are created equal. Most are owned by Wall Street investors, while some are owned by their own customers (such as credit unions). The mutual bank, governed like a trust by a small group of “corporators,” occupies a position somewhere in between. Not beholden to stockholders, these mutuals are more free to act in ways that contribute to their communities, employees, and environmental sustainability. They can be critical catalysts for building community wealth and solidarity economies. Continue reading Mutual Banks: an old model for a new economy?

Filling the Food Processing Gap Between Local Farms and Institutions

Laura Flagg’s 2018 UEP Thesis (“Small-Scale Food Processing’s Role in Farm to Institution: Filling Market Gaps and Moving Toward a Regional Supply Chain”) explores small-scale food processing with a case study of Commonwealth Kitchen and three other processors. Read Laura’s full thesis here. By Laura Flagg Farm-to-institution initiatives are trying to grow the local economyContinue reading Filling the Food Processing Gap Between Local Farms and Institutions

Rhode Island Cleaning Coop on Labor Vision TV

Check out this interview on Labor Vision TV about a new worker-owned cleaning coop in Rhode Island. This coop was incubated by the worker’s center Fuerza Laboral. Healthy Planet Cleaning Co-op is the first worker’s cooperative incorporated in Rhode Island. Tufts UEP alum Janaki Blum helped support the coop’s startup by conducting a feasibility studyContinue reading Rhode Island Cleaning Coop on Labor Vision TV

Will Work for Food: How Boston is Building a Just Food Economy

By Penn Loh and Laura Flagg Despite growing appetites for healthy, sustainable, and local food, workers in the food industry are still among the lowest paid and highly exploited workers in the US. The more than 20 million people (representing 1/6 of the entire US workforce)[i] who are growing, producing, and serving food often workContinue reading Will Work for Food: How Boston is Building a Just Food Economy

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

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