From Fighting Environmental Racism to a Just Transition

On July 28, 2022, I had the pleasure of giving a presentation at the International Affairs Conference on Star Island, New Hampshire. The week was focused on systemic racism. I shared my work on environmental justice and solidarity economies. I’m sharing my slides here: Here are links to some of the organizations and projects IContinue reading From Fighting Environmental Racism to a Just Transition

Article published in Sustainability Science. Fight and Build: Solidarity Economy as Ontological Politics

I am so excited to announce that a paper I co-wrote with Boone Shear is finally published and available after more than two years of work. Entitled Fight and Build: Solidarity Economy as Ontological Politics, this article explores the potential of solidarity economy movements to create and sustain other worlds (a pluriverse) beyond capitalism andContinue reading Article published in Sustainability Science. Fight and Build: Solidarity Economy as Ontological Politics

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

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

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?

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

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

Access free online: Solidarity Economy in Massachusetts article

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

Solidarity Economy in Massachusetts – forthcoming 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