New Economy Washington: A Path Forward

New Economy Washington: A Path Forward

By Deric Gruen, Marcy Bowers, Misha Werschkul Despite important policy changes like a higher minimum wage and universal paid family leave , the economic rules continue to divide us, privileging a few, while immigrants and people of color, households with lower incomes...

Leaders in Community Capital Convene

Leaders in Community Capital Convene

In pursuit of an economy that puts people and places first and the need to give communities more control over capital, People’s Economy Lab convened 21 local leaders to workshop the issue of affordable and accessible capital. The group that came together shared vision...

Redefining The Economy to Meet Our True Needs

Redefining The Economy to Meet Our True Needs

An economic system should provide a social foundation of well-being, and that no one should fall below that baseline. It also sets a ceiling of ecological damage to our planet that we should not cross. Between the two lies the doughnut itself, a safe and just space for all.

Lessons Learned from Community Sourced Capital

Lessons Learned from Community Sourced Capital

Locally based financing helps local economies thrive by keeping dollars flowing in the local economy and maintaining aligned incentives for community value creation. Community Sourced Capital, a crowd-sourced zero-interest lending platform, developed a system of financing loans under $50,000 for neighborhood businesses

Spring Get-Together – May 31

Spring Get-Together – May 31

Join us as we bring together people who are interested and active in building a community-centered economy. Over coffee and pastries, we will provide an update on the Lab, share with each other our work and interests, and create space to build familiarity, and relationships among people passionate about creating an economy that works for everyone.

Meet Mo!, Organizer at Got Green

Meet Mo!, Organizer at Got Green

Mo! grew up in a community of social justice organizers in Chicago. Her first experience with a People’s Economy came when she moved out of her Mom’s house at age eighteen and into the Stone Soup Cooperative. Living at Stone Soup she witnessed a highly effective, democratically run organization that provided affordable, communal places to live. She began to learn about other cooperative enterprises like worker cooperatives and consumer cooperatives, and has pursued that interest ever since.

Ventures: Equity in Entrepreneurship

Ventures: Equity in Entrepreneurship

To build an economy that is truly inclusive, we have to look at all aspects of economic development. This is particularly true in the Puget Sound region, where the recent influx of wealth has not resulted in economic prosperity for everyone.