Fixing the Future profiles people creating the new economy and sustainable ways of living from the ground up. Learn more about their stories and watch video of these local pioneers in action.
Location: Bellingham, Washington and beyond
Michelle Long of Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, a forum where businesses collaborate to build an economy based on sustainable practices.
Riley Starks of Lummi Island Wild, one of the largest green fisheries in America.
Tags: sustainable jobs; green jobs; local buying and selling; reef net fishing; Finnish robots
Tiny House Movement
Shoot Location: Bellingham, Washington
Peter Frazier, an architect who built and works in a tiny office, to live more sustainably and improve the quality of his life.
Paul Cocke, lives in a “house” – complete with kitchen, bed, fold out table, and toilet - attached to the back of his bicycle, which runs on biodiesel.
Tags: tiny house; tiny office; bike house; sustainable chiropractor
Shoot Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Mendrick Addison of Evergreen Cooperative Laundry, a worker-owned co-op committed to environmentally-friendly laundry services.
Ted Howard of Community Wealth, a group that provides tools and information on community-based economic development.
Tags: producer co-ops; consumer co-ops; worker co-ops; community development; green laundry
Worker-owned Cooperatives, Part 2
Shoot Location: Austin, Texas
Sylvia Barrios, Kellee Coleman, Jeanette Monsalve and Raquel Rodriguez of Yo Mamas Catering Cooperative.
Carlos Perez de Alejo of the Third Coast Workers for Cooperation, which helps people establish and manage their own worker-owned, cooperative business.
Tags: worker co-ops; small business; co-op management; non-profit bank; empanadas
Community-based Banking and Investing
Shoot Location: Fargo, North Dakota
Ron Mueller of Bremer Bank, which focuses on lending locally and donating a major portion of profits to causes in the communities the branches serve.
Tags: community banking; employee-owned business; the upside of knowing who you lend $ to
Shoot Location: Portland, Maine
Richard Rockefeller of Hour Exchange Portland, a time bank where people exchange services.
Tags: time sharing; time banking; community building; Rockefeller family; lower your taxes
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