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?
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
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
Our article on emerging solidarity economies in Massachusetts by Penn Loh and Boone Shear is available for free online as one of the most popular articles of 2015 in publisher Taylor & Francis’ Geography, Planning and Urban Studies journals. Follow this link: http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/pgas/most-read-2015/social-sciences/geography-planning-and-urban-studies#27913. Solidarity Economy (SE) is a movement that can build power within and acrossContinue reading Access free online: Solidarity Economy in Massachusetts article
This manuscript on emerging solidarity economies in Massachusetts by Penn Loh and Boone Shear will be forthcoming in the journal Community Development. Solidarity Economy (SE) is a movement that can build power within and across scales and win supportive policy and public resources. Using the development of SE in Boston, Worcester, and Springfield, Massachusetts asContinue reading Solidarity Economy in Massachusetts – forthcoming article
On November 2, 2012, I had the honor of speaking at the symposium “Political Space – Intercultural Intersections in Politics and the Economy,” sponsored by the Tufts Intercultural Practice Group. My opening remarks (see below) helped to make the connection between interculturalism and the economy, challenged participants to think differently about economy, and introduced theContinue reading A New Economy Needed for True Interculturalism
On Saturday, October 13, 2012 the Worcester Solidarity and Green Economy Alliance held an incredible gathering with more than 100 people. I had the opportunity to kick off the plenary session in the morning to help frame the day. Check out the video of the plenary (also my notes are below) and of a workshopContinue reading Plenary Remarks at SAGE Conference October 13
The Worcester Solidarity and Green Economy Alliance (SAGE) is hosting a day-long conference on Saturday, October 13, 2012: Another World is Possible. I’ll be speaking on a plenary panel. This event will bring together activists, organizers, community leaders, entrepreneurs, academics, local government, non-profits, and other individuals and organizations committed to forging more equitable and sustainableContinue reading Solidarity and Green Economy Conference Oct 13 in Worcester