Employee ownership gaining popular and political support

By Neal St. Anthony, 4 Aug, Star Tribune A poll conducted several weeks ago by Public Policy Polling showed that two thirds of Americans “support the concept of companies being owned by their employees so that all workers share in their success.” Only 13 percent oppose the idea; 19 percent are unsure. The poll also found that 58 percent of …

A different form of mobility

Excerpted and Cross-posted from Future Crunch More people got connected to the internet than ever before Globally, there are now 3.2 billion people online, and 2 billion of them are from developing countries. In 2000 those numbers were 300 million and 100 million respectively. It means the number of people with internet access has seen an eight fold increase in …

Solar employment, extending the opportunities

By Matt Weisner, cross-posted from The Guardian Antwain Nelson held various jobs in the construction field for several years, but the work never felt fulfilling. Then an opportunity to volunteer in low-income neighborhoods introduced him to his current job and, he says, a clear career path. “The first day, I fell in love with it,” says Nelson, 25, an installer …

Start a small sustainable business competition in your community!

It’s not hard to start a sustainable business competition in your community.  It takes some advocates and some seed money… August 8th, 2016 by Steve Hanley  Originally published on Ecopreneurist. The Washington Coast Works Sustainable Small Business Competition will award $10,000 to the winning contestant and another $10,000 in runner-up awards. The entrepreneur competition has been established by The Nature Conservancy in …

Dutch and Finnish pilots for a universal basic income

The Dutch city of Utrecht is developing a pilot project for a universal basic income that will launch in January 2017. The Finnish government is designing a trial to see whether giving low-income people a guaranteed basic income destroys their motivation to do any work at all, as critics allege. The idea is not going away because most “real” jobs …

Indigenomics: building sustainability and long-term ecological alignment with our values, bringing an Indigenous perspective to economic and social development

Carol Anne Hilton wants Canadians to add a new word to their dictionary: Indigenomics.  Definition: The practice of bringing an Indigenous perspective to economic and social development.  Hilton, who is of Nuu-chah-nulth heritage, launched the word four years ago as a Twitter hashtag: #Indigenomics. Canada, says Hilton, needs a new language to move toward reconciliation. It’s a language she speaks …

What’s in our supply chain and how they do it

Shoppers browse inside a Walmart in Los Angeles, California. (Jonathan Alcorn / Reuters) As Walmart shareholders gather in Bentonville, Arkansas, to hail the global retail giant’s expansion across global markets, angry workers are assembled outside, in perennial protest against Walmart’s low wages and harsh working conditions. But the workers who take the brunt of the company’s notoriously exploitative labor practices …

Solar jobs grew 12x faster than overall job creation in the US last year

The number of jobs in the solar business grew 12 times faster than overall job creation in the U.S. last year and outpaced those in the oil and gas sector. According to the latest data by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the overall clean energy sector (excluding hydropower) employed 8.1 million people worldwide in 2015, up from 7.7 million in …