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?

Summer 2019 CORE-Tisch Fellows Work with DSNI and CLU

In summer 2019, the Co-Research/Co-Education (CORE) program at Tufts Urban & Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP) placed two graduate students with the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and Community Labor United, with support of the Tisch Summer Fellows program, a program of the Tisch College of Civic Life. Savannah-Nicole and Luisa report on their summer experiences below.Continue reading Summer 2019 CORE-Tisch Fellows Work with DSNI and CLU

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

Tufts UEP and Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative Awarded 2-year Federal Community Action Research Grant

How does community participation influence community development and the residents who engage? How can civic participation be strengthened so that communities gain more control over their destinies? These are the questions that Tufts UEP and Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) will be pursuing over the next two years. The participatory research project is entitled FromContinue reading Tufts UEP and Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative Awarded 2-year Federal Community Action Research Grant

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

John Barros Hosts Final Seminar on Gentrification and Displacement in Boston

Boston’s Chief of Economic Development and Tufts UEP MPP student, John Barros, hosted a series of policy seminars this spring with the aim to promote learning and dialogue among policy practitioners, urban leaders and students on a variety of economic issues. The series concluded with a final seminar on May 10, 2017 on the topicContinue reading John Barros Hosts Final Seminar on Gentrification and Displacement in Boston

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