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By Manisha Paralikar
Posted on: September 21, 2016
As I plugged away at reviewing a dozen company greenhouse gas emissions CDP reports these past few months, Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate saddled my brain.  One could bet that most of the thousands of company and city representatives reporting their climate abatement strategies and greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets had not read Klein’s book. Even if they did, it would still be no small feat to kick start the collaborative movement needed to implement Klein’s proposed solution to climate change: replace capitalism with a new economic model that... read more
By Claudia Viek
Posted on: August 29, 2016
Online alternative lenders offer a variety of advantages from their use of automation, big data and crowdfunding to reach small businesses. They offer quick loan decisions with a stripped-down application process. These firms assess risk immediately with efficient use of algorithms and technology. Money can be distributed in days, not months.But for too many small businesses, getting financing from one of these lenders is like the Wild West.Advertisements for quick cash — once the domain of those lending to individual consumers — are more and more promising the same to small businesses.... read more
By John O'Neill
Posted on: August 19, 2016
As the election season heats up, we need to remember how much tax policy can help fix some of the country’s largest problems. Done right, tax law changes can help create a more sustainable economy -- an economy that delivers broad prosperity now and in the near term, without hurting growth down the road.Worker OwnershipWorker ownership can help us to tackle two of our largest looming crises. First, there’s the retirement-savings crisis. As many as nine in ten households save too little for retirement, and millions have saved nothing at all. Second, there’s a business-succession crisis. Over... read more
By John O'Neill
Posted on: August 3, 2016
Rebuilding the post-recession economy will require more than just finding people jobs or ensuring they earn a living wage. We must support business models that will enable workers to own a piece of the company that employs them. For many people, worker ownership will be essential to restoring the American Dream.Worker ownership benefits the company, the worker, and the community. The company benefits from greater worker commitment. The worker benefits from better compensation and greater job security, skills growth, and advancement opportunities. The community benefits from a source of more... read more
By David Brodwin
Posted on: August 3, 2016
As Republicans gather in Cleveland, it's easy to miss an important experiment taking place a few minutes away from the convention center. Evergreen Cooperatives – an unusual worker-owned business – is emerging from its startup phase. It brings an innovative model of job creation with the potential to scale up and improve lives across America.Evergreen got its start in 2008, when the Cleveland Foundation brought local leaders together to improve lives for low-income residents of the depressed local economy. The founding institutions (which locals call "anchor institutions") include the... read more
By Zach Bernstein
Posted on: July 28, 2016
Let’s say you want to pass a policy on some aspect of the environment, the workplace, tax reform or another important issue. You’ve laid out the legislative blueprint; you know how it would work, how much it would cost, maybe how much it would save. You have all the arguments you need to help it pass. Or so you think.But what if policymakers are skeptical? What if they say your policy is too expensive, or it could cost jobs, or it could hurt business?  The most compelling way to answer those concerns is simple: Bring in business leaders who know the policy is workable because they’re already... read more
By David Brodwin
Posted on: July 25, 2016
No economy can be truly sustainable unless its financial services sector is in good shape. A healthy financial services sector supports the rest of the economy in three ways: It makes capital available to promising startups and growing businesses. It works reliably and consistently – without recurring panics that destroy jobs and savings. And it works efficiently – collecting enough fees and interest to operate but not extracting so much that it undermines the rest of the economy.A good financial system should have something in common with a well-run water utility: Just like everyone needs... read more
By Zach Bernstein
Posted on: July 18, 2016
If there’s one thing Mark Pischea doesn’t want, it’s for the Republican Party to shy away from renewable energy.Pischea, a partner at the Sterling Corporation since 2010, also served as Political Director for the Michigan Republican Party and Deputy Executive Director for the National Republican Congressional Committee. With over 30 years of experience in political and public relations consulting, he currently promotes efforts to increase support for renewable energy among conservative politicians."I'm excited because conservatives increasingly see political value in supporting clean energy... read more
By Mike O'Donnell
Posted on: July 14, 2016
There are several good measures of entrepreneurial vitality here in the United States, but the most revealing one, and my favorite, is the Kauffman Foundation’s “Startup Density” rate. This rate is the number of firms that are less than a year old and have at least one employee besides the owner, divided by the total population (in 100,000s).In 1977, there were more than 250 company startups per 100,000 people. That ratio has been steadily declining over the years, with the biggest decrease ever during the Great Recession. In 2015, there were only 130.6 company startups per 100,000 people.... read more
By David Brodwin
Posted on: July 8, 2016
Reagan began the war on government in 1981 when he said "Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem." His trans-Atlantic soulmate, Margaret Thatcher, also took up the charge. 35 years later, that line of attack now stands as an important contributor to both the U.K.'s "Brexit" vote and of the rise of Donald Trump.To understand the connection between antigovernment rhetoric and today's upheavals, it helps to notice that the Trump campaign and the Brexit vote are two manifestations of the same underlying dissatisfaction among the voting public.The British who voted... read more