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

Community-Driven Climate Resilience Planning

Environmental Justice communities across the nation are reclaiming planning and driving climate resilience. Check out the new report by Movement Strategy Center: Community-Driven Climate Resilience Planning: A Framework. ************* From Buffalo to the Gulf South to Minneapolis to California to New York City, communities are reclaiming the planning processes that shape how we live, work,Continue reading Community-Driven Climate Resilience Planning

Report Examines Opportunities to Transfer Private Homes into Permanent Affordability

For the third consecutive year, a team of Tufts UEP Field Projects students partnered with the Greater Boston Community Land Trust Network (GBCLTN). This year, the GBCLTN Field Projects team focused on understanding the challenges and opportunities for private homeowners to transfer their property into permanent affordability. The project drew inspiration from the challenges facedContinue reading Report Examines Opportunities to Transfer Private Homes into Permanent Affordability

UEP Student Assesses the Potential for an Immigrant Worker Cooperative in RI

In her master’s thesis, Janaki (Jan) Blum examines the challenges and opportunities of Fuerza Laboral in its efforts to incubate a worker cooperative of building cleaners in Rhode Island.   Founded in 2006, Fuerza Laboral (FL) is a nonprofit worker center based in Central Falls, Rhode Island.  FL largely focuses on programs that address laborContinue reading UEP Student Assesses the Potential for an Immigrant Worker Cooperative in RI

UEP Thesis Explores Opportunities for Networked CLTs in Greater Boston

Ben Baldwin examines case studies of land trust networks across the country and conducts a needs assessment for the Greater Boston CLT Network (GBCLTN) in his 2016 thesis Networked Community Land Trusts: An Analysis of Existing Models and Needs Assessment for the Greater Boston Community Land Trust Network. Ben was a 2015 Summer Tisch FellowContinue reading UEP Thesis Explores Opportunities for Networked CLTs in Greater Boston

Solidarity Rising in Massachusetts

New report documents emerging solidarity economy movement in lower income communities of color [Download report: large-format or letter-size] A solidarity economy movement is emerging from lower-income communities of color in Massachusetts. This movement aspires to transform capitalism—as we know it—into a world rooted in values of democracy, justice, and sustainability. These dreams arise from thoseContinue reading Solidarity Rising in Massachusetts