Scott Grimm-Lyon

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First All-Electric Garbage Truck Hits the Road in Chicago

According to a recent press release from Motiv Power Systems, the company producing the electric powered garbage trucks, Chicago is the first city in …

North America

Government Debt Isn't the Problem—Private Debt Is

The Roaring Twenties, the Japanese boom of the '80s, and the U.S.'s in the early 2000s have one thing in common: They were debt-fueled binges that brought these economies to the brink of ruin.<p>Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, discussing the financial crisis of 2008, wrote that “financial bubbles …

Preview: David Harvey & Gar Alperovitz talk Capitalism & Cooperation!

Reno Won Tesla's Gigafactory. Was It Worth It?

It's the 10th largest incentive deal ever, with Nevada paying nearly $200,000 per job.<p>Reno, Nevada, won Tesla’s new $5 billion Gigafactory, doling out a reported $1.25 billion in incentives to seal the deal. “The Gigafactory will mean nearly $100 billion in economic impact over the next 20 years,” …

Gar Alperovitz on Why the New Economy Movement Needs to Think Big

It’s possible that the future of the American economy arrived 37 years ago, on a drizzly, gray day in Youngstown, Ohio. That morning, in 1977, …

Activism

The City that Ended Hunger

In writing <i>Diet for a Small Planet</i>, I learned one simple truth: Hunger is not caused by a scarcity of food but a scarcity of democracy. But that …

Agriculture

America's Coup Machine: Destroying Democracy Since 1953

Soon after the 2004 U.S. coup to depose President Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti, I heard Aristide's lawyer Ira Kurzban speaking in Miami. He began …

Geopolitics

A Silicon Valley VC Imagines A Future Where Most Of Us (Except Robots) Don’t Have Jobs

Hoping for a future of 80% unemployment because so many jobs have been handed to robots, a self-described “raging techno-optimist” says we need to think about what that means for all obsolete humans.<p>Steve Jurvetson, a partner at the Silicon Valley venture capital firm DFJ, calls himself a “raging …

Silicon Valley

What If Every Weekend Was Three Days Long? At These Companies It Is

Looking forward to an extra day off this week? What if a four-day work week was the norm, not the exception? Take a peek inside companies where every weekend is a holiday weekend.<p>With Memorial Day weekend starting in just a few hours, many Americans will be relishing in an extra day off to kick …

The Smart Way to Shrink Your Retail Footprint

Retail space isn’t what it used to be. More people are browsing and buying online. Stores can get products faster from manufacturers, so they don’t …

Should the government pay you to be alive?

It was supposed to be better by now—maybe not all the way better, but definitely better than it is. With the unemployment rate still nearly 7 percent …

5 Skills You Need to Be a Leader at Work

If you've got your eye on a management role — especially one on the top of the totem pole — you have your work cut out for you. After all, there's …

13 Ways Science Could Make You A Better Designer

According to the number of searches it garnered on Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, the word of the year is <i>science</i>. Here in the design world, we learned a lot from the world of lab coats and microscopes in 2013, from why Frank Gehry’s architecture is inherently alluring to why it’s so tough to …

The Modern Workforce

The Modern Workforce infographic from unum shows that the workforce demographic has changed in the last 30 years, but the benefits have not evolved …

Hyperemployment, or the Exhausting Work of the Technology User

Feeling overwhelmed online? Maybe it’s because you’re working dozens of jobs<p>In 1930, the economist John Maynard Keynes famously argued that by the time a century had passed, developed societies would be able to replace work with leisure thanks to widespread wealth and surplus. “We shall do more …

Freedom of the city

<b>Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City.</b> By Russell Shorto. <i>Doubleday; 368 pages; $28.95. Little, Brown; £25.</i> Buy from Amazon.com, …

Europe

Positive Money UK

The Inefficiency of the Market Isn’t an Open Question

In an article on the front page of Tuesday’s <i>Times</i>, Binyamin Appelbaum did a nice job of highlighting the difference in views between Robert Shiller and Eugene Fama, who shared this year’s economics Nobel memorial prize with Lars Peter Hansen. But there’s a danger that some readers may come away …

How to Get Your Resume Past the System and Into Human Hands

Landing an interview for a position in a giant organization can feel impossible if you don’t have any personal connections. People often blame the …

If you want a truly customizable smartphone, get behind Phonebloks

Everyone's chatting about the latest iPhones, but the Apple devices are not the only smartphones taking the Internet by storm this week.<p>The other device would be Phonebloks, a proposed customizable smartphone project that has gone viral on YouTube with more than 4 million views in a little more …

iPhone

America the Possible – how we can start building the place we

We all love America and feel lucky to live in a free country with so many opportunities. But we also know that in many ways, our country is falling …

Local Economies

Help Manufacture NY Bring Garment Jobs Back to the U.S.A.

Brooklyn Royalty designer Bob Bland has one lofty goal: to unite fashion design and production under a single roof, right here in the United States. …

How To Organize Your Day For Success

The most successful people are immersed minute-to-minute in the way they become successful. With small scheduling tweaks, could we all do the same?<p>Author-entrepreneur David Kidder gave <i>Inc.</i> a definition of success that we can all act upon:<p>(Success is) when you have discovered your innate gift or …

The TPP Is Another Job Killing Trade Deal—So Why Are Both Parties Supporting It?

Wigwam Mills has been making socks in Sheboygan, Wis., for more than 100 years. This is quality footwear sold at sporting goods stores and specialty …

Activism

Bringing Bison and Biodiversity Back to the Prairie

The American Prairie Reserve (APR), a Montana-based nonprofit, is well on its way to preserving 3.5 million acres of the Great Plains. Once complete, …

Conservation

The Fifth Season Cooperative: Building Community Wealth and a Regional Food System

We first learned about the innovative, multistakeholder Fifth Season Cooperative in Wisconson's 7 Rivers region from the community wealth builders at …

Food Security