By Noah De Lissovoy, Alex Means, and Kenneth Saltman

Excerpted from Toward a New Common School Movement (Paradigm Publishers 2014)

In this excerpt the authors first describe the enclosure of public education as another feature of global capitalism's "efforts to transfer aspects of the commons from collective management for common benefit to private ownership for private gain." They then lay out four proposals to help "imagine pedagogical practices, curriculum, and school organization that enact the global commons."

Chokwe Lumumba has died, an extraordinary leader who carried a radical vision forged in the 1970s black power movement into the 21st Century where he retooled it for eight transformational months in city government.

"If I want time off, I just write to my co-workers and tell them," the woman told me with what seemed to be a mix of bemusement and pride. We were chatting in the hallway as the Philadelphia edition of the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy (ECWD) wound down. She lacked the harried gleam of the more activist conference-goers. It turned out she had just been hired by a worker co-op after working for years in another business, and had come to learn more about working in a democratically run, worker-owned business.

I remembered what one of the community leaders had said during the Zapatista organizing school down in Chiapas, Mexico, when asked how in the world had they managed to build their own schools, sports teams, hospitals, cooperative businesses, clinics, judicial system and government. Which initiative did they start with? Was it the armed uprising? Or a school? Or a corner store?

The answer was far simpler: We started with trust.


We (At-Hand Apps) are one of very few workers co-op based on intellectual property.  Our iPhone/iPad GPS-based travel apps have been well received with New England At-Hand being the top-user rated New England travel app.

This Monday, February 24th, there will be a teleconference on the theme of this summer’s international conference on Moving Beyond Capitalism sponsored by the Center for Global Justice.

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Yesterday, the Co-operative Group unveiled its plan to turn around the organisation by seeking the views of the British public. Here are a collection of your thoughts from across social media …

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