Capitalism is Not the Only Choice, by Penn Loh in YES! Magazine. When everything that we label “economic” is assumed to be capitalist—transactional and market-driven—then it is no wonder that we run short on imagination. What if, instead, economy is all the ways that we meet our material needs and care for each other? Beneath the official capitalist economy are all sorts of thriving non-capitalist economies, where there may not be a profit motive or market exchange.
The Next Economy Now podcast interviews Boston Impact Initiative founding partner Deborah Frieze about how to create healthy, resilient and inclusive communities by redistributing wealth from where it’s been accumulated to where it’s been extracted from.
What happens when social movements work together to reclaim economic power? This report, commissioned by the Solidarity Economy Initiative, highlights groundbreaking grassroots efforts to restore economic power to communities of color: Solidarity Rising in Massachusetts: How Solidarity Economy Movement is Emerging in Lower Income Communities of Color
Turning the Global Economy into Connected Communities in The Guardian profiles BALLE founder and the vision of localizing economies in response to broken relationships resulting from economic globalization and corporate gigantism.
The Emerging Just and Sustainable Food Economy in Boston, by Penn Loh and Glynn Lloyd. Two of Boston’s leading thinkers in creating systemic change in our city around food justice and racial equity review innovations in building community wealth and health through re-localizing the food system.
What is a Direct Public Offering aka Investment Crowdfunding? by Jenny Kassan, Cutting Edge Capital. This article provides a primer on DPO’s and the possibilities in democratic financing.
Using Emergence to Take Social Innovation to Scale, by Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze, published by the Berkana Institute. This article presents an “emergence” theory of change that reflects BII’s efforts to seed a new more equitable and sustainable economy.
Off-the-Grid Investing: Perspectives and Voices of a Transforming Financial System, by Don Shaffer, RSF Social Finance, published in the Fall 2013 issue of Green Money Journal. This article explores a unique approach to finance that transforms the relationship between investors and borrowers.
The Next System Project: New Political-Economic Possibilities for the 21st Century sets forth the multi-year initiative of the Next Systems Project to create political-economic models capable of delivering on needed social, economic, and ecological outcomes.
Moving Your Money by Laura Flanders of GRITtv explores why it’s so hard to invest money locally. Grassroots activists trying to build economic alternatives in the US encourage investing in the businesses in your neighborhood, instead of in far-off corporations. Flanders talks with local finance expert Michael Shuman and profiles BII portfolio member CERO Co-op, a grassroots group that’s funding its start-up without deep pockets or Wall St cash.