Category Archives: Community economies

Community, Economic Creativity, and Organization

It has long been an interest of researchers in economics, sociology, organization studies, and economic geography to understand how firms innovate. Most recently, this interest has begun to examine the micro-processes of work and organization that sustain social creativity, emphasizing … Continue reading

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Plenitude: the New Economics of True Wealth

At a moment of ecological decline and continuing financial uncertainty, best-selling author and economist Juliet Schor offers a revolutionary strategy for changing how we think about consumer goods, intrinsic value, and ways to live. Earth, we have a problem: humans … Continue reading

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A Main Street Fix for Wall Street’s Failure

Locally Owned Businesses as the Real Engines of Job Creation. We propose a seven-part program to advance this power shift: Redefine our economic priorities by replacing financial indicators with real-wealth indicators as the basis for evaluating economic performance. Restructure the … Continue reading

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Buy Local, Bye-Bye Walmart

When the residents of Saranac Lake, NY were faced with having a Super Wal-Mart put in, some 600 residents came together to open their own department store, selling shares in the new venture for $100 and raising $600,000. CBS News … Continue reading

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A Small Town Creates Its Own Department Store

So when Wal-Mart Stores came knocking, some here welcomed it. Others felt that the company’s plan to build a 120,000-square-foot supercenter would overwhelm their village, with its year-round population of 5,000, and put local merchants out of business. It’s a … Continue reading

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