Five trends to watch in community and economic development in 2019 + Create a Solidarity Economy Giving Project

1. Opportunity Zones will take effect in force No surprise here. Opportunity Zones were the big community development story in 2018 and will continue to be in 2019. Proposed regulations should be finalized this year, creating more confidence for investors. Opportunity Funds are already being set up, and investment volumes will grow rapidly. But because of variation in the economic standing of Opportunity Zones, the …

People-centered land governance, campaign and UN declaration for people working in rural areas: Strategy, indicators, and good news stories

Up to 2.5 billion people, including 370 million Indigenous People, depend on land and natural resources that are held, used or managed collectively.  They protect more than 50% of the world’s land surface, but have formally recognized ownership over just 10%* *Who Owns the World’s Land? RRI, 2015 This leaves 1/3 of the world’s population vulnerable to dispossession by more powerful actors. Download Download Download Download Download …

The Green New Deal Is What Realistic Environmental Policy Looks Like

You might say that producing the disaster of global climate change has taken a lot of economic policy.  Reversing direction will take the same. Since environmental policy can happen only through economic policy, there is no avoiding decisions about what sorts of work there will be, and in which industries. It’s unsettling, but maybe a little less so when you consider …

Progressive tax policies Democrats need

ANNIE LOWREY, The Atlantic, Feb 5, 2018 https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/02/here-are-progressive-tax-policies-democrats-need/581830/ Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to raise the top marginal income-tax rate to 70 percent; for every dollar a person earns over $10 million, Ocasio-Cortez suggests, he should be left with 30 cents. Senator Bernie Sanders, a likely 2020 candidate, wants to expand the estate tax. And Senator Elizabeth Warren, a definite 2020 candidate, …

Drones, Seeds, & Fires: How DroneSeed Plants Trees From The Sky

Drones, Seeds, & Fires: How DroneSeed Plants Trees From The Sky, by Erika Clugston in Clean Technica, February 8th, 2019 Tree planters are superheros, according to DroneSeed founder and CEO, Grant Canary. In one day, a person manually replanting trees will burn the caloric equivalent of two marathons. Wow. It follows that such labor-intensive work is difficult to implement on a large scale, without the time …

UK rights to public paths under threat: looming deadline for the Right to Ramble

David Bollier | February 6, 2019 For centuries, ordinary Brits have enjoyed a legal “right to ramble” throughout the countryside even when they might cross someone’s private property. In England and Wales alone, there are an estimated 140,000 miles of footpaths and bridlepaths that are considered public rights of way. Now, as reported by the website Boing Boing, the full scope of …

Land Matters: How Securing Community Land Rights Can Slow Climate Change and Accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals

There is a strong and compelling environment and development case to be made for securing indigenous and community lands. Securing collective land rights offers a low-cost, high-reward investment for developing country governments and their partners to meet national development objectives and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Securing community lands is also a cost-effective climate mitigation measure for countries when compared …

How Public Policy Encouraged Suburban Sprawl and Cultural Isolation

How Public Policy Encouraged Suburban Sprawl and Cultural Isolation. by Cromwell Architects Engineers, Arkansas Money and Politics Over the last 70 years, segregated housing patterns and automobile-driven decision making have created suburban monstrosities that have left damaging and long-lasting issues with our cities and public transportation. After World War II, radical changes in the policies of urban development, driven largely by America’s …

Rights of Nature: Now legally recognizing the rights of wild rice to grow and flourish

The White Earth Band of Ojibwe Legally Recognized the Rights of Wild Rice. Here’s WhyFinally, plant species have rights, too. by Winona LaDuke, in Yes Magazine Feb 01, 2019 Manoomin (“wild rice”) now has legal rights. At the close of 2018, the White Earth band of Ojibwe passed a law formally recognizing the Rights of Manoomin. According to a resolution, these rights were recognized …

One language becomes extinct every other week. Indigenous people hold knowledge and protect life: The 22 percent of the world’s land indigenous people occupy holds 80 percent of its species, much of its forests

Colonization is a “structure rather than an event” and federal policies, broken treaties and public attitudes exacerbate “economic distress and keep tribal people separate, unequal and exposed to predatory interests.” There’s a Vanishing Resource We’re Not Talking About, In These Times, Feb 1, 2019 “Capitalist economies that stress on nonstop economic growth … are paving the way to the homogenization of …