Build more community in your city and neighborhood

Shareable’s executive director, Neal Gorenflo, outlined the problem as did Marvin Brown in his article, “Why we need a change in climate”, and Monée Fields-White shared her perspective in, “Can we build non-sexist and non-racist cities?” After outlining the challenge, we proposed that community involvement is an accessible, effective solution to loneliness. Then, we offered examples of how communities are coming together all over the …

Crime is going down but fear is going up based on Next Door et al.

Violent crime levels have been going down in America. But people perceive those levels as going up. That contradiction is nothing new. But it could be dramatically exacerbated by the proliferation of a new kind of social network that connects you to your neighbors — without you ever leaving the house. Rani Molla in Recode: The rise of fear-based social media like …

Resident-Owned Community

 Jarrid Green, Researching equity and community control in the next system. more August 17, 2018 DEMOCRATIC OWNERSHIPCOMMUNITY & PLACE Resident-owned communities (ROCs) are manufactured housing neighborhoods (sometimes referred to as mobile home or trailer parks) in which the land is community-owned and managed. An estimated 18 million people who earn less than $28,000 a year (less than half the national household median …

Living near safe, high-quality biking and walking facilities actually improves people’s health, according to study that found direct link between urban active transportation infrastructure and increased exercise

By Angie Schmitt, Streetsblog, Mar 26, 2019  2 Study: Good Bike and Ped Infrastructure Actually Makes Neighbors Healthier.  (plus National Geographic article lower down on Ciclovia) Vancouver’s Comox-Helmcken Greenway Photo: Paul Krueger/Flickr/CC Living near safe, high-quality biking and walking facilities actually improves people’s health, according to a new study that found a direct link between urban active transportation infrastructure and increased exercise. The study, published in the journal …

AOC is asking the questions that activists need to know, and the Green New Deal is the anti-despair program we need to end the addiction crisis

By Abraham Gutman agutman@philly.com The Green New Deal is the anti-despair program we need to end the addiction crisis | March 14, 2019  The Green New Deal, the ambitious plan proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to deal with climate change, has drawn a lot of attention and speculation, including at this week’s big energy conference in Houston. Beyond criticism that actually has nothing to do …

Co-ops Need Leaders, Too 

Co-ops Need Leaders, Too by Nathan Schneider Originally posted on Medium on 21st January 2019. I frequently encounter a notion, among those drawn to cooperatives, that a cooperative should be an amorphous, faceless collective in which old-world skills and norms of leadership can be discarded. How does this work out for them? Not well. Usually one of two entirely predictable things happens as …

The Economy for the Common Good: A Workable, Transformative Ethics-Based Alternative, by Christian Felber

By Christian Felber, Vienna University of Economics and Business and Gus Hagelberg, Coordinator for International Expansion of the ECG more, February 27, 2017,  MONEY & BANKING, DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE This paper by Christian Felber and Gus Hagelberg, published alongside three others, is one of many proposals for a systemic alternative we have published or will be publishing here at the Next System Project. You can read it …

Clean Energy Through Urban Action – PUSH Buffalo

Clean Energy Through Urban Action – PUSH Buffalo, by Carolyn Fortuna in Clean Technica, February 23rd, 2019  “It’s an interesting time to be alive,” Rahwa Ghirmatzion, PUSH Buffalo‘s executive director, began during a recent interview with us at CleanTechnica. Mobilizing residents into vibrant neighborhoods with safe, reasonably-priced housing and local hiring opportunities, the organization has many successes, and its ongoing collaboration with the Solutions Project to power the …

Land trusts fight displacement: Subsidy at the front end provides affordable housing in the long run. Community land trusts take housing and land off the market

“By sharing land, the city can retain its identity by becoming a more economically sustainable place to live” Some Groups In L.A. Are Turning To Community Land Trusts For Affordable Housing, on NPR.org, All Things Considered, by JESSE HARDMAN, 4 Feb 2019 A one-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles is unaffordable for many residents. Some community groups are trying an approach they say …