Wellspring Collaborative article [repost]

Wellspring Collaborative’s worker-owned upholstery business provides entry-level jobs to underemployed inner-city By Laura Newberry | laura.newberry@masslive.com SPRINGFIELD – When Carlos Perez moved from Puerto Rico to Waterbury, Conn. in April 2012, his main priority was finding good work. Perez could barely speak English and soon found that the language barrier would be an impediment to … Continue reading

Aaron Tanaka featured as a “Main Street Job Creator”

UEP Visiting Practitioner Aaron Tanaka is featured in this YES! Magazine article on “8 Main Street Job Creators Who Are Rebooting the Economy—Starting with Those Who Need It Most“. Below is the excerpt profiling Aaron and his work with Boston Workers Alliance, Center for Economic Democracy, and the Boston’s Youth Participatory Budgeting process. *****REPOST***** Aaron … Continue reading

Report Back: Commonbound Conference in Boston June 6-8

The New Economics Coalition held their national conference Commonbound at Northeastern University June 6-8, 2014. I had the opportunity to participate in several panels. Check out the conference site, with some video of plenary sessions. On Friday June 6, I gave a presentation at the Research Workshop on New Economy on “Emerging Solidarity Economy Initiatives … Continue reading

Dudley Resident Gardens: Summer 2013 Survey Results

Dudley Resident Gardens: Summer 2013 Survey Results

On two hot days in mid-July 2013, two dozen youth went out into the streets of the Dudley neighborhood in Roxbury to survey “backyard” gardens and interview gardeners. The youth, from Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) and The Food Project, were working with the support of the Practical Visionaries Workshop (PVW) to document how much … Continue reading