Building Solidarity Culture – NPQ Roundtable Article

I had the pleasure and privilege of joining a roundtable discussion on March 17, 2022, hosted by the Nonprofit Quarterly, on how to build cultures that can sustain solidarity economies. This was an amazing session featuring speakers Gar Alperovitz, Jessica Gordon Nembhard, and Ronnie Galvin. I joined the speakers and a group of solidarity economyContinue reading Building Solidarity Culture – NPQ Roundtable Article

New Chapter on Community Labor United in Igniting Justice and Progressive Power

A chapter on the history of Community Labor United (CLU) that I co-authored with Mark Erlich has just been published in a new book on progressive labor community alliances. Igniting Justice and Progressive Power compiles cases of regional power building in cities across the US from affiliates of the Partnership for Working Families (recently renamedContinue reading New Chapter on Community Labor United in Igniting Justice and Progressive Power

Seeing Solidarity Economy in Action in Montreal

By Allie Wainer and Melissa Gordon In May 2019, a group of 18 students and faculty with Tufts New Economy and community members from the Solidarity Economy Initiative traveled to Montreal for a weekend to exchange ideas with organizations putting solidarity economy values into practice. Instead of traveling to an academic-style conference, we explored MontrealContinue reading Seeing Solidarity Economy in Action in Montreal

Reflections on Radical Transformation: Moving from a Singular System Story to Pluriverse

By Penn Loh This essay is a confession of sorts, from someone who believes that other worlds are possible and has worked in grassroots movements to fight against injustices and unsustainabilities for the last three decades. While we still have plenty to fight against and now aspire to a Just Transition to a new economy,Continue reading Reflections on Radical Transformation: Moving from a Singular System Story to Pluriverse

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?