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Conversations about income inequality are becoming more and more mainstream, but what about conversations about class identity? While Occupy Wall Street gave us the paradigm of the one versus the ninety-nine percent, rarely was there any discussion of the diversity of economic experience within that ninety-nine percent. Why is this conversation missing and how is it essential to movement building?

 

Before the formal opening of the conference, Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition (JPNET), a Transition initiative in Boston that is also part of the Institute for Policy Studies, led a new economy tour of the Jamaica Plain neighborhood.  After reading and hearing about many of JPNET’s projects, from th

ILSR is seeking a Research Associate for our Community-Scaled Economy Initiative. This is a full-time position based in our Portland, Maine, office.

Certain eyesores are becoming increasingly common in Albany Park, an immigrant neighborhood on Chicago's northwest side. Boarded-up houses stand next to newly-renovated condominiums whose high rents push out former residents. Overcrowded classrooms provide less and less ESL, music, cultural, and physical education. Difficult jobs at all hours of the day don't pay overtime or give benefits.

GEO Collective member John Lawrence says, "I know this article is off topic. But, it puts the effort to build a more egalitarian sustainable economy in perspective."

 

The land trust movement in the United States has gained notoriety over the past 20 years mainly for its role in environmental conservation. Known as land conservancies, these non-profit organizations, such as the Nature Conservancy, acquire development rights or land in fee simple, in order to conserve natural resources by protecting land from development.

What if you asked Americans in largely "red," or Republican districts and largely "blue," or Democratic districts, very specific questions about what government should do—about taxes, reproductive rights, foreign affairs, and the like, and 96 percent of the time they agreed?

On the eve of the International Cooperative Day, CICOPA, the voice of worker, social and artisans’ cooperatives, wishes to underline the large potential of social inclusion of those cooperatives as a result of their ownership and participation pattern, which is inherent to their mission.

With the publication of the Co-operative Economy 2014 and celebrations for the second employee ownership day taking place on 4 July, Giles Simon take an in-depth look at the state of the worker co-operative sector in the UK.

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