The Millennial Generation’s Literacy Crisis

The Millennial Generation’s Literacy Crisis

Summer is a time of endings and beginnings. For most of the approximately 1.8 million people who just graduated from college, this season marks the end of at least 17 years of formal education and the launch of their careers. My career started a little sooner than...
Welcome to the Future: Talking Resilience with Chuck Collins

Welcome to the Future: Talking Resilience with Chuck Collins

Ken: How do you define community resilience? Chuck: I think of it as the qualities that allow a community to respond to change, and to transition. Seems like we’re in a period of permanent transition, both economic and ecological, so how is it that we can live?...
Figuring Out Your Role: Talking Resilience with Sarah Byrnes

Figuring Out Your Role: Talking Resilience with Sarah Byrnes

Sarah: I’m Sarah. I work at the Institute for Policy Studies, where I support a local initiative called Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition. We’re working on community resilience here in Jamaica Plain, which is a neighborhood of Boston. And I also support a...
Relying on Coal for Electricity is Destroying Appalachia

Relying on Coal for Electricity is Destroying Appalachia

As a child, I remember sitting on my father’s shoulders as we surveyed a valley below. He said, “This is where your Daddy’s from,” and my response was, “Then I’m from here, too.” I wonder if that mountain from which we surveyed the valley is gone now. A year after my...
Author Event: Cowed

Author Event: Cowed

From leading ecology advocates, a revealing look at our dependence on cows and a passionate appeal for sustainable living. In Cowed; The Hidden Impact of 93 Million Cows on America’s Health, Economy, Politics, Culture, and Environment, globally recognized...
Taxing the Chesapeake Bay

Taxing the Chesapeake Bay

Growing up in Jarrettsville, I didn’t realize how lucky I was to live close to many wonderous parks, farms and other natural wonders. And I remember becoming a Brownie in the Girl Scouts by crossing the bridge at Friendship Park in Forest Hill. It symbolized growing...
Fifth Annual Clean Power, Healthy Communities Conference

Fifth Annual Clean Power, Healthy Communities Conference

The conference is a diverse gathering of policy makers, entrepreneurs, and community advocates engaged in a thoughtful and inspiring exploration of strategies and programs for advancing a local clean energy transition in the Bay Area. The 5th annual conference will...
Future of U.S. Rail

Future of U.S. Rail

This symposium, co-sponsored by the IPS’ New Economy Working Group,  presents the case for US rail electrification and added higher class track for long-haul express (>80 mph) mixed freight and regional passenger service. Transforming the economics of rail...
An Orchard Grows in Boston

An Orchard Grows in Boston

Egleston Square is a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, straddling the borders of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain (JP) in the city of Boston. High condo prices and even higher rents are pushing long-term residents, to move elsewhere. This churning of the real estate market,...
New England Can Feed Itself: A Vision for Regional Food Resilience

New England Can Feed Itself: A Vision for Regional Food Resilience

Earlier this month, one hundred people gathered at a church in Jamaica Plain, MA, to consider this question: Can New England Feed Itself? The answer is yes, New England can feed itself – at least halfway. Food Solutions NewEngland’s Food Vision (pdf), a rigorous...
What Piketty Forgot

What Piketty Forgot

By now, it’s no secret that French economist Thomas Piketty is one of the world’s leading experts on inequality. His exhaustive, improbably popular opus of economic history—the 700-page Capital in the Twenty-First Century—sat atop the New York Times bestseller list...
Webinar: How to Measure Progress? Replacing GDP

Webinar: How to Measure Progress? Replacing GDP

What if we defined economic success not by the money we spent and the goods we consumed, but by the quality of life we create? The Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) does exactly that. From the costs of crime, pollution, commuting and inequality, to the value of...
Food, Livelihoods, and Bridging Race and Class Divides

Food, Livelihoods, and Bridging Race and Class Divides

The Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition (JP NET) is a Transition Initiative in the diverse urban neighborhood of Jamaica Plain in Boston, Massachusetts. Our program is dedicated to strengthening community resilience and transitioning to a new economy, and from our...