How to Save a Country: We Can Defeat Zero-Sum Politics (with Heather McGhee)

This episode of Roosevelt Institute’s excellent podcast How to Save a Country features Heather McGhee, Author of The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together. On the podcast, Heather explores the impacts of the zero-sum racial hierarchy (the narrative that asserts that progress for people of color comes at […]

The 19th: What would the economy look like if it worked for women?

Check out this example of Thinking Big out loud. This article and the work behind it starts with a vision, quickly gets to what solutions would get us there and connects the dots to how that would make things better for everyone. “An economy that works for those women,” Nyandoro said, is “an economy that […]

The Serviceberry: An Economy of Abundance

Robin Wall Kimmerer considers the ethics of reciprocity that lies at the heart of the gift economy in this Emergence Magazine essay. She provides food for thought on concepts of the economy, scarcity, and competition that lead to inequity and asks what it would look like to move to a model of abundance and reciprocity […]

How We Achieve a Multiracial Democracy

America needs a new story—one that is honest and inspiring, and that doesn’t shy away from its racial history—to guide us toward realizing a thriving multiracial democracy. Angela Glover Blackwell dives into the elements of this new story in the Spring 2023 issue of SSIR, highlighting a framework around race and racism that allows us […]

United for a Fair Economy: Economics for Everyone Conversation Decks

United for a Fair Economy has put out a new set of resources designed to help with everyday conversations about the economy and policy. There’s a conversation deck and a facilitator’s guide (in English and Spanish) – useful stuff for groups participating in or hosting local conversations about the economy with non-insiders. Access the digital […]

Solidarity Economics by Chris Benner and Manuel Pastor

Chris Benner and Manuel Pastor invite us to imagine and examine solidarity economics – an approach grounded in our instincts for connection and community – and the ways it can help us build a more equitable, thriving economy.   Click here for a free e-version of the book

Darrick Hamilton on the Moral Agenda for Economic Rights

Darrick Hamilton, Professor and and founding director of the Institute on Race, Power and Political Economy at The New School, shares a vision for a racially and economically just economy (and more) in this Rockefeller Q&A. So that question I keep getting is, asking “can we achieve it tomorrow?” The answer is, I don’t know […]

Maurice Mitchell: Building Resilient Organizations

There are things we can and must do to shift movements for justice toward a posture of joy and victory.  Maurice Mitchell’s essay delves into the problems our movements grapple with, identifies underlying causes, and suggests  concrete solutions to reset the course. Read or listen here

Belonging, Community, and Impact: What it Means to Build a Political Home

Sojourn Strategies‘ new report follows up on a key finding from the organization’s previous research on frameworks that connect with, engage, and inspire Black voters toward higher levels of civic engagement: A majority (59%) of young Black people surveyed believed that Black people need a political home. This follow-up research and report explore the concept […]

SSIR: Changing the Housing Narrative by Talking about Race and Values

A new discussion in the Stanford Social Innovation Review with Glenn Harris, Michael McAfee, and Dorian Warren focuses on narrative change lessons from the work of the Housing Justice Narrative Initiative. Access the Discussion

Heather McGhee: The Sum of Us Podcast

Heather McGhee has launched a podcast on the heels of her incredible book: The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together. Taking a road trip across Covid-era America, McGhee explores stories of “solidarity and hope in a time of great division and peril for our democracy.” Listen to the […]

Podcast: How to Save a Country

If you haven’t already, check out the new episodes of the podcast How to Save a Country in which hosts Felicia Wong and Michael Tomasky connect the dots across economics, law, and politics. Episode 9 features an interview with Brad DeLong, macroeconomist and author of the new book: Slouching Toward Utopia: An Economic History of […]

Sabeel Rahman and Dorian T. Warren: From Uprising to Reconstruction

We are witnessing a power struggle over the heart and soul of America’s future. While the establishment fights to uphold the status quo of racial and gender oppression, economic subordination, and the hoarding of political power, our communities are fighting for what we need to live a life of dignity just like everyone else—the ability […]

Heather McGhee: Racism has a cost for everyone

Racism makes our economy worse — and not just in ways that harm people of color, says public policy expert Heather C. McGhee. From her research and travels across the US, McGhee shares startling insights into how racism fuels bad policymaking and drains our economic potential — and offers a crucial rethink on what we […]

Ai-jen Poo: The work that makes all other work possible

Domestic workers are entrusted with the most precious aspects of people’s lives — they’re the nannies, the elder-care workers and the house cleaners who do the work that makes all other work possible. Too often, they’re invisible, taken for granted or dismissed as “help,” yet they continue to do their wholehearted best for the families […]

Dorian Warren, Erica Smiley, and Natalie Foster: Guaranteed income and worker power: The power of a permanent strike fund

Unions and a strong safety net are both necessary poles in a mutually reinforcing dynamic of growing worker power and political support for an expansive role for government that provides an economic foundation for all families and communities.   Access the Economic Security Project’s Post

Insight Center for Community Economic Development: Austerity is a Dog Whistle

This post by Jhumpa Bhattacharya makes the  connections between white supremacy and austerity thinking and points to the Centering Blackness Framework for a path to economic liberation.   Access the Post  

Darrick Hamilton, Rebecca Dixon, Rachel Isacoff: Unconditional Cash and Good Working Conditions – Do we have to choose?

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is considered one of the most effective programs for reducing child poverty and promoting economic stability among low-wage families. But there is a suite of benefits that is needed to support workers in their daily lives, like paid leave and minimum wage, that rely on a progressive tax system. […]

In The Public Interest: The Anti-Government Echo Chamber

This brief is a call to action about getting clear about the idea of government—that it is the only institution capable of ensuring that the public goods we all rely upon are available to everyone and about creating our own pro-public echo chamber. The brief pulls together examples of how corporate figures, right-wing organizations and […]

Groundwork: Austerity is Bad Economics: Why US Fiscal Conservatism Does Not Hold

This report addresses common “austerian” arguments regarding the relationship between “excessive” public spending and interest rates, inflation, and GDP growth.   Access the Report  

Tiffany Manuel and Nat Kendall-Taylor: Creating Affordable Housing Opportunities Means Talking Equity

To attain affordable housing for all, we must build public support by shifting narratives away from consumer choice and personal responsibility.   Access the Article