Capitalism Is Not the Only Choice

Capitalism Is Not the Only Choice

Check out this article I wrote for YES Magazine on solidarity economies. It argues that we need to escape “capitalocentrism” and see that there are all sorts of thriving non-capitalist economies, where there may not be a profit motive or market exchange. These solidarity economies are being innovated out of necessity by poor communities and communities … Continue reading

CORE Summer Fellows 2017

CORE Summer Fellows 2017

Each summer, two Tufts UEP graduate students work with community partners for a 10-week fellowship through the CoRE (Co-learning/Co-education) partnership.  Funded by Tisch College, fellows get hands-on experience in community planning, organizing and development.  And the fellows help to extend the collaborative work between the Tufts and the community partner. Below, Minnie McMahon reflects on … Continue reading

Community-Driven Climate Resilience Planning

Community-Driven Climate Resilience Planning

Environmental Justice communities across the nation are reclaiming planning and driving climate resilience. Check out the new report by Movement Strategy Center: Community-Driven Climate Resilience Planning: A Framework. ************* From Buffalo to the Gulf South to Minneapolis to California to New York City, communities are reclaiming the planning processes that shape how we live, work, … Continue reading

Report Examines Opportunities to Transfer Private Homes into Permanent Affordability

Report Examines Opportunities to Transfer Private Homes into Permanent Affordability

For the third consecutive year, a team of Tufts UEP Field Projects students partnered with the Greater Boston Community Land Trust Network (GBCLTN). This year, the GBCLTN Field Projects team focused on understanding the challenges and opportunities for private homeowners to transfer their property into permanent affordability. The project drew inspiration from the challenges faced … Continue reading

Communications Course: Spring 2017 Final Videos

A dozen students recently completed UEP’s Communications and Media course (UEP294-02). The culminating project for this course is a short video for a social media campaign on an issue chosen by the student. Below are links to three of the most outstanding videos for this year. Visit this page for videos from previous years. Sharon … Continue reading

Solidarity Rising in Massachusetts

Solidarity Rising in Massachusetts

New report documents emerging solidarity economy movement in lower income communities of color [Download report: large-format or letter-size] A solidarity economy movement is emerging from lower-income communities of color in Massachusetts. This movement aspires to transform capitalism—as we know it—into a world rooted in values of democracy, justice, and sustainability. These dreams arise from those … Continue reading

Fall 2015 Community Practicum Explores Community Control and Ownership Strategies

Fall 2015 Community Practicum Explores Community Control and Ownership Strategies

The theme for the Fall 2015 UEP Practicum was “Community Control and Ownership Strategies for Boston”, with a specific focus on the causes of displacement, theories of community control and “the right to the city”, solidarity economy and economic democracy frameworks, and community land trusts. The Community Practicum class strives to deepen university/community co-learning models by … Continue reading