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Key Takeaways from the New Cities Summit

June 15, 2017 - 18:38

Ten years ago Songdo, South Korea, was underwater. Today, it's a city in Incheon's free economic zone with 20 million square feet of LEED certified buildings — 40 percent of all LEED buildings in South Korea. That's dozens of high rises. In fact, it's a whole city's worth. Songdo is the very definition of a new, master planned city; one in which sustainability and well-being are incorporated from the beginning.

Categories: Economics

Podcast: How the Regenerative Finance Collective Distributes Wealth and Power

June 14, 2017 - 03:06

In this episode of Next Economy Now, Ryan Honeyman, a partner and worker-owner at LIFT Economy, interviews Kate Poole, who co-leads Regenerative Finance, a collective of young people with wealth working to shift control of capital to communities most affected by racial, economic, and climate injustices. Poole is also a member-leader of Resource Generation, which works to redistribute land, wealth, and power.

Categories: Economics

Podcast: What if Our Economic System Was Set Up to Generate Happiness?

June 13, 2017 - 15:42

In this episode, we spoke with Liz Ziedler, co-founder of Happy City Bristol, an organization geared towards fostering holistic happiness in Bristol, U.K., through measurement tools, workshops, and campaigns. 

Happy City's aim is to "reclaim happiness from commercial triviality and make it a guiding, radical principle for society." The organization invites individuals to explore what truly brings lasting happiness and gives communities the tools to measure and be attentive to what really matters.

Categories: Economics

New Videos Explore the Political Potential of the Commons

June 13, 2017 - 10:56

Just released: A terrific 25-minute video overview of the commons as seen by frontline activists from around the world, "The Commons in Political Spaces: For a Post-capitalist Transition," along with more than a dozen separate interviews with activists on the frontlines of commons work around the globe. The videos were shot at the World Social Forum in Montreal last August, capturing the flavor of discussion and organizing there.

Categories: Economics

Q&A: Landscape Architect Martin Barry on Urban Planning in Prague and Beyond

June 13, 2017 - 10:18

Martin Barry is a landscape architect who chose to leave New York City for Prague, a city with "so much potential." His platform reSITE aims to bring international perspectives and expertise concerning contemporary, resilient, and sustainable cities by organizing an annual conference, among other activities. What was the path to creating such a platform from scratch, one of the most respected in Europe today? Barry discussed his vision of the city, the future of architecture and planning, and reSITE's projects with Petra Jansová for Aktualne.cz, a Czech leading online news media.

Categories: Economics

Why the Open Access Movement in Agriculture Matters

June 12, 2017 - 10:31

Western discourse around open access has largely been restricted to academic, scholarly communications circles. In fact, many friends and colleagues have told me they first encountered open access when, after graduating from university, they were confronted with the fact they no longer had access to school databases; or when online article searches reached the dead-end prompt "click here to pay for access."

Categories: Economics

As Climate Change Threatens Food Supplies, Seed Saving is an Ancient Act of Resilience

June 8, 2017 - 13:08

On Feb. 26, 2008, a $9-million underground seed vault began operating deep in the permafrost on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, just 810 miles from the North Pole. This high-tech Noah's Ark for the world’s food varieties was intended to assure that, even in a worst-case scenario, our irreplaceable heritage of food seeds would remain safely frozen.

Categories: Economics

How One City in Spain Launched a Local Currency

June 8, 2017 - 09:18

During her 2015 campaign, Barcelona's mayor Ada Colau promoted the idea of launching a local currency in her city. Colau viewed a local currency as a way of defending independent businesses and residents from rapidly-rising rents and benefits that are disproportionately reaped by corporate chains instead of local stores. Though the community currency failed to materialize in Barcelona, the city immediately to its northeast, Santa Coloma de Gramanet, created a local currency this year.

Categories: Economics

5 Ways the Denver Public Library Supports the City's Homeless Population

June 8, 2017 - 08:09

My work at the Denver Public Library over the past year and a half has opened my eyes to the innovative ways in which libraries can play a role in addressing the needs of a city's homeless population. The rate of homelessness in Colorado is staggering, and it is unfortunately on the rise. Last year the number of homeless people in the state rose by 13 percent, according to a report by the U.S.

Categories: Economics

What Does it Mean to Unlock the Next Economy?

June 7, 2017 - 12:26

Unlocking the Next Economy is about creating access to the physical assets of historical organizations with social purpose to support local economic change. Stir To Action's year-long pilot will explore how these physical assets can be an important part of Community Economic Development (CED), and how un-and underused churches could specifically be a part of this process. 

The opportunity?

Categories: Economics

Podcast: Cheyenna Weber on the History and Future of the Solidarity Economy

June 6, 2017 - 14:30

In this episode, we spoke with Cheyenna Weber, co-founder of SolidarityNYC and a lead organizer of the Cooperative Economics Alliance of NYC, or CEANYC. 

Categories: Economics

Mad City Breaks the Mold of Urban Planning Conferences

June 6, 2017 - 02:13

When the world turns upside down, it's time to question all your assumptions. That seems to have been the premise for Mad City, an event for urban planners I recently attended in Riga, Latvia. Conceived by Neils Balgalis and his urban planning team at Grupa93, Mad City pushed the boundaries of what is normally discussed at urban planning conferences — some of the topics addressed include marijuana legalization, drones, squatting, self-driving cars, and Sharing Cities. 

Categories: Economics

Sharing Cities: Using Urban Data to Reclaim Public Space as a Commons

June 5, 2017 - 10:30

You may have heard of smart cities that use data to improve urban networks like public transportation systems. In the shadow of this well-marketed story is another narrative around data in the city; a story where the right to the city extends to the digital realm. Here are two initiatives where reclaiming citizens' control over data has enabled practices that run counter to mainstream narratives of market-driven urban development — practices of commoning data and urban spaces, together.

Categories: Economics

An Informal Settlement in Puerto Rico Has Become the World's First Favela Community Land Trust

June 1, 2017 - 11:54

In San Juan, Puerto Rico, government, residents, and technical professionals created a Community Land Trust (CLT), known locally as Fideicomiso de la Tierra, to preserve and develop informal communities along the Martín Peña Canal.

Categories: Economics