Neighborhood energy utilities. Couchsurfing. Car sharing. Credit unions. Co-ops. CSAs.
Are they delivering the impact they promised?
How are new business models delivering social, environmental, and socially equitable benefits? A band of economists works to find out.
Kristen Sheeran & Softbox Films
How a Portland coalition is creating green jobs in one of the city’s poorest, most diverse neighborhoods.
Noah Enelow & Oakley Brooks
One economist couch surfs and parses the literature to figure out who’s benefiting from the exploding sharing economy.
Anders Fremstad, Oakley Brooks & Elise Furlan
The acclaimed local food economy of Hardwick, Vermont is not an island, which is actually a good thing.
Kathryn A. Olson & Dory Athey
How this once-revolutionary farm business model is faring in the Pioneer Valley, where it began.
Mark Paul, Lola Milholland & Melissa Delzio
Vancouver shows how urban neighborhoods can tap local energy and make it pencil out.
Marc Lee, Oakley Brooks & Elise Furlan
A decade ago, a community network committed to expanding jobs and opportunities around Cleveland’s Greater University Circle. Is it working?
Julia Poznik, Jonathan Ramse, Ruchira Sen & Janet Century
These reports take a clear-eyed look at new ways of doing business.
Learn more about the Future Economy Initiative and meet our steering committee.