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What Happened When the City of Boston Asked Teenagers for Help With the Budget

What Happened When the City of Boston Asked Teenagers for Help With the Budget
Many young people in Boston just voted for their first time, and the results are in. The city’s “Youth Lead the Change” project, with help from the Participatory Budgeting Project, was the first youth-led participatory budgeting process in a U.S. city. The project empowered young people, ages 12 to 25, to decide where $1 million of public capital should go to best improve their communities. This is real money and real decision-making power.n ... Read more

CommonBound Recap: There Are Many Alternatives

CommonBound Recap: There Are Many Alternatives
“One of the most frightening things to the people who oppose the development of a new economy is the possibility that we are actually able to do things for ourselves. One of the ways that old economy is able to exist is on the notion that ‘There Is No Alternative’ (TINA). To that we must resolutely and consistently say: ‘TAMA’ (There Are Many Alternatives).” Those were the words which Ed Whitfield of Fund for Democratic Communities left the ... Read more

CommonBound: A Revolution Needing a Spirit

CommonBound: A Revolution Needing a Spirit
I landed at "CommonBound: Moving Together Toward a New Economy" in Boston, Massachusetts with the dilemma of having to critically report on a movement in which I've wanted involve myself for years. The conference was organized by the New Economy Coalition, a nonprofit with its own small full-time staff that works to connect people across the country operating in the "new economy" - worker-owned businesses and cooperatives, credit unions, ... Read more

Housing Coops and Housing Trust Funds Control Cost of Housing

Housing Coops and Housing Trust Funds Control Cost of Housing
Homeownership increases social mobility and acts as a buffer against falling into poverty. For example, as an inheritance, a home can improve the economic outlook for future generations. Homes also have strong symbolic value as a key component of the American Dream. For these reasons, increasing access to homeownership is an important tool in the fight against inequality in America. Federal policies like thehome mortgage interest deduction ... Read more