A coalition of nonprofit health care providers is investing in the notion that ample paychecks, stable housing and nutritious food are no less critical to well-being than doctors, medical equipment and pharmacies

Excerpt from an article that appeared on  Oct. 13, 2019, Section BU, Page 1 of the New York Times, NY edition with the headline: A Steady Paycheck Is Good Medicine for Communities. Forty-one nonprofit medical systems across the United States, plus four government providers, have formed the coalition, the Healthcare Anchor Network, with the mission of doing more business with local companies in the communities …

A good job is socially useful, it provides material security, it is varied and creative, and it offers us a degree of autonomy

Sociologists and psychologists have developed various frameworks to explain what makes a job good or bad. And we’ve identified a few common factors. A good job is socially useful, it provides material security, it is varied and creative, and it offers us a degree of autonomy. A shit job does nothing for society, fails to help us meet our material needs, is repetitive and …

Don’t Move People Out of Distressed Places. Instead, Revitalize Them

By Richard Florida, Sept 2019 There are significant economic and social gains to people staying in place. Moving is hard on people, especially children. Losing proximity to friends and family takes its toll on well-being and life-satisfaction. Anyone who has moved a lot (like me) knows that the communities we live in, and in which we forge social and business …

In Coal Country, the Mines Shut Down, the Women Went to Work and the World Quietly Changed: A state program for miners’ families not only paid tuition but critically, covered living expenses

From 2010 to 2017, Letcher County in Kentucky saw a greater shift in the gender balance of its labor force than almost any other county in the United States. By Campbell Robertson, NYTimes.com,m Sept. 14, 2019 FLEMING-NEON, Ky. — In the pre-dawn hours when all is dark and quiet, Amanda Lucas leaves her house and begins the long drive to her …

What is the true unemployment rate in the US?

By Jack Rasmus from his blog September 8, 2019 | EDUCATE! A reader of this blog recently asked an important question: what do I think is the actual unemployment rate in the US today, not the media’s 3.8% that is almost always quoted. Here’s my reply as to why I calculate the real, actual unemployment at a minimum to be 10%-12%. The real …

This Company Hired Anyone Who Applied. Now It’s Starting a Movement.

Greyston Bakery uses a practice of open hiring: filling positions on a first-come, first-served basis, no questions asked. Now it wants to teach other companies how to do the same. Fast Company| by Eillie Anzilotti Photos from Greyston. Around 25 years ago, Ty Hookway, founder of the upstate New York-based janitorial services company CleanCraft, was driving past one of their …

Every American Should Be Guaranteed a Job. The Green New Deal Could Make That Happen

While a jobs guarantee is already popular—52% of Americans support it, according to a poll by Civis Analytics—polling commissioned by the Sunrise Movement indicates that a jobs guarantee focused on green jobs and climate protection is even more popular. It’s not new; President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed a “second Bill of Rights” in his 1944 State of the Union, a list of …

Advancing Social Equity in Solar Requires Real Data and Honest Conversations

Workplace demographic studies are critical for the solar industry if it wants to reflect the communities it serves, the author writes. By ERICA MACKIE, founder and CEO of Grid Alternatives, JULY 26, 2019 “You can’t change what you can’t see.” 0 The results from The Solar Foundation and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s second U.S. Solar Industry Diversity Study, released this …