Latino leaders on the power of community-led conservation

In Southwest Texas, along the Mexican border, the city of El Paso is draped like a necklace around the base of the Castner Range, a former U.S. military installation. Today, the rocky, high desert outcrop is treasured by El Pasoans for, among other wonders, the spectacular display of Mexican poppies that carpet its foothills in…

Five questions with Sean McElwee, Data for Progress

This piece was originally featured in The New Common Sense newsletter from our Economy and Society Initiative. Read more from this edition. In order to identify replacements for neoliberal ideologies and build a post-neoliberal paradigm, an important first step involves defining it and identifying what policy preferences correlate with neoliberal attitudes. The Hewlett Foundation is funding an ambitious project…

Organizing strategies to shift the economic paradigm

This piece was originally featured in The New Common Sense newsletter from our Economy and Society Initiative. Read more from this edition. Organizers and advocates often set their sights on next-step policies that will make a meaningful difference in the lives of everyday people, but do not necessarily aim to shift the structures or paradigms at the root of…

How communities of color lead on climate solutions — and ways to support them

The Hewlett Foundation has, for well over a decade, supported organizations around the globe that advance ambitious solutions to the climate crisis. The individuals within these institutions are smart, dedicated, effective, and committed to ensuring more voices are part of advocating for policies and practices that lead to a sustainable, healthy, and prosperous future for…

Reimagining the state: Market shaper, not market fixer

This piece was originally featured in The New Common Sense newsletter from our Economy and Society Initiative. Read more from this edition. We are living through multiple crises: a global financial crisis, climate change, and the coronavirus pandemic, not to mention the geopolitical crisis. In each case, we seem to be stuck in a reactive mode, cleaning up messes…

Q&A with Hester Dillon: Unfencing the future of conservation through relationships

In the U.S. and Canada, First Nations and Tribes are asserting their sovereignty and treaty rights, resulting in improved socioeconomic and ecological outcomes that benefit us all. This includes cultural burning for healthier forests; protecting vital landscapes like Thaidene Nëné, Bristol Bay, and Bears Ears; wildlife reintroductions and management; and dam and culvert removal to…

A moral political economy that puts people above property

This piece was originally featured in The New Common Sense newsletter from our Economy and Society Initiative. Read more from this edition.  We do not have an adequate social safety net in the United States — how could it be otherwise when more than one in 10 Americans lived in poverty in 2020 in the wealthiest country on…

5 questions for Donald Cohen of In the Public Interest

This piece was originally featured in The New Common Sense newsletter from our Economy and Society Initiative. Read more from this edition. In “The Privatization of Everything: How the Plunder of Public Goods Transformed America and How We Can Fight Back,” authors Donald Cohen and Allen Mikaelian truly do sketch how consolidation of money and power are reshaping…

5 Questions for Juha Leppänen of Demos Helsinki

This piece was originally featured in The New Common Sense newsletter from our Economy and Society Initiative. Read more from this edition.  Neoliberal economic policies, which have been firmly entrenched around the globe for a generation, are under pressure like never before. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the vast economic inequities and inequalities that free markets…

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