alternative economy

On the Oct 26th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with economist Richard Wolff about rising inequality. The top 20% of US households own more than 84% of the wealth.

  There are billions of people across the world who are living in poverty.  And it's not uncommon for girls for in developing countries to be married off or working by the time they reach the 5th grade. But if you keep a girl in school, her income opportunities grow by 15% for each year she does stay in school. Meet the new social entrepreneurs, Leila Janah of SamaGroup and Erin Ganju of Room to Read. Breaking the cycle of poverty for millions of women. That's our next Inflection Point.

Ian Babour

California’s cap and trade program creates a market place to buy and sell the rights to pollute. The system sounds simple, but there are some complex rules that must be followed. San Francisco Public Press have taken it upon themselves to break it all down and simplify what cap and trade means and how it really works. And what better way to simplify a complex system than turn it into a board game? Public Press executive director Michael Stoll and reporter and illustrator Anna Vignet joined KALW's Hana Baba to teach her the rules of the California Cap and Trade game.

Building a more resilient economy with Bay Bucks

May 16, 2013
Bunches and Bits


Sergio Lub is walking me through the stockroom of his jewelry company’s headquarters in Martinez. All around the room, precious metal bracelets and rings nestle in cardboard boxes with labels like “Mardi Gras” and “Sage Bundle.”


Lub’s been making and designing jewelry for over 30 years, but I’m not here to talk with him about that. I’m here to learn about something else he’s been experimenting with for just as long – alternative economies, or as he puts it: “trying to find different forms of this human invention we call money.”