Will the next 20 years be defined by ‘islands,’ ‘orbits’ or ‘communities’?

Looking back from about 2030, the National Intelligence Council sketched our collective choices in its unclassified global trends report earlier this year. The report’s three scenerios lead to widely disparate outcomes. Will the next 20 years be defined by ‘islands,’ ‘orbits’ or ‘communities’? Islands. An economist looking back from 2028, two decades after the 2008

Employee-owned businesses drive good jobs and fair wages

Co-operatives hold promise for a “human economy,” says Enrich Sahan, head of Oxfam’s private sector team. The report generated headlines for its finding that the world’s eight wealthiest men hold as much wealth as the bottom half of the global population. Employee-owned businesses are a way to reverse such concentration, Sahan argues, and need greater

CEI Ventures raises $10 million to back good jobs and small businesses in Maine

The fourth fund of the venture arm of the nonprofit community development finance institution will look for investments of $250,000 to $750,000 that support jobs for low- to moderate-income Mainers. Coastal Enterprises Inc., CEI Ventures’ parent company, seeded the fund with $1.5 million, which helped bring in eight investors and 17 local and regional banks. CEI