New Economy

What Can We Do?What is the new economy (also known as the solidarity economy, or just transition economy)? Here is a list of resources that show what is going on in other communities around the country and world that are working to create an economy that works for everyone.

Creating a local organization here in Eugene, Oregon is a work in progress by the newly formed Eugene New Economy Working Group. If you have time, energy, expertise, and/or available resources and would like to get involved you can contact us here. You can also visit and “like” our Facebook Page.


New Economy Movement Resources:

New Economy Coalition
On the web:, or on Facebook
CommonBound conference

Example Projects:

East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative –
Oakland CA.
Cooperation Jackson – Jackson, M.S
Ujima Boston – (see also You Tube channel)
Cooperation Buffalo – Provides comprehensive worker cooperative business development services.  Through popular education, business training and ecosystem development our programs grow worker-owned businesses.  These coops will provide living-wage jobs, generate community wealth and cultivate leadership in Buffalo’s low-income communities.
Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition –  Community Project Incubator helps neighbor-driven projects succeed. Food forest, farmers market, state of the neighborhood and local first, art corridor
NYC New Economy Project – We pursue lasting, transformational change by supporting cooperative and community-controlled development, and by challenging corporations that harm communities and perpetuate inequality and poverty.
Cooperation Richmond – Whether it’s exploiting people or our natural resources, our current economic system is unsustainable.  The fundamental interrelatedness of the climate crisis and the economic crisis requires a transformation of the economy and solutions that are led by and strengthen local communities, especially those at the front line of the extractive economy.  We are pushing for a just transition away from an extractive economy to local, living, interdependent economies rooted in social and ecological justice.
Highlander Research and Education Center – We are a catalyst for grassroots organizing and movement building in Appalachia and the South. We work with people fighting for justice, equality and sustainability, supporting their efforts to take collective action to shape their own destiny.

Legal and Economic Resources:

Sustainable Communities Law Center –
Cutting Edge Capital – Our mission is to help create an economy that works for everyone. We do that by using the strategies of community capital, through which any venture can raise capital from their own community; and communities can pool resources into a fund for collective investment
Neighborhood Funders Group – NFG began in 1980 as an informal network of funders with a deep interest in community-based grant making. Since then, our membership has expanded to include over 100 grant making institutions that are working to advance social justice and community change. – The Nation’s First Co-Op plans to raise $2.5 million+ to help startups use distributed ownership to create economies of scale.

Other Resources:

YES magazine – Has regular articles on many of these projects and ideas
Center for Economic Democracy – The Center for Economic Democracy [C.E.D.] is a US social movement building organization, growing capacity in our communities to transform American capitalism into a more just, sustainable and democratic economy. We harness the caring, creative and productive impulses of the American people to build a new economy that is governed for the people, and by the people. 
Institute for Local Self Reliance – A Rigged Market for Small and Local Businesses
Transitions Towns – A movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world
Global Ecovillages Network – The Global Ecovillage Network envisions a world of empowered citizens and communities, designing and implementing pathways to a regenerative future, while building bridges of hope and international solidarity.
PROUT Institute – PROUT Institute provides people and communities with empowering resources to envision and enact sustainable and equitable solutions to social, economic, and ecological challenges. Located in Eugene.
NEON Toolkit For Campaigners, Activists & Organisers – NEON is a network of over 1,600 UK organisers from 900 different civil society groups that run trainings and support campaigns to help progressives win social, economic and environmental justice.