Articles

Duncan Kennedy had some interesting things to say about our conceptions, and misconceptions, of property during the Spring 2014 Conference put on by Unbound: Harvard Journal of the Legal Left.  The title of the conference was "This Land is Your Land: Remaking Property After Neoliberalism."  Kennedy's comments run until 47:30.

 

 

Regions: 
Institutions & Structures: 
Visions & Models: 
Movements & Struggles: 
Practices, Tools & Strategies: 

Cross-posted from Truth Out

A quiet revolution is rumbling through New York's municipal offices as they retool to support the creation of worker cooperatives as a way to fight poverty.

Regions: 
Institutions & Structures: 
Visions & Models: 
Movements & Struggles: 
Practices, Tools & Strategies: 
Economic Sectors: 

The Austin Cooperative Summit brought together more than 100 people interested in cooperative businesses to help move the Central Texas economy toward shared abundance and prosperity. The summit is a program of the Austin Cooperative Business Association and NCBA CLUSA.

Regions: 
Movements & Struggles: 

More than 450 people attended the sold-out fifth biennial conference of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC) in Chicago at the end of May, continuing to build a movement and celebrating 10 years since its founding.

Regions: 
Visions & Models: 

No Bosses Here! a manual on working collectively and cooperatively (1981) by Vocations for Social Change Staff, Karen Brandow and Jim McDonnell

Regions: 
Movements & Struggles: 
Practices, Tools & Strategies: 

[Editor’s Note: this article by Tony Patterson originally appeared on the Co-op Canada Accelerator blog in June of 2013. One year is an eternity in internet-time, but the suggestions Patterson makes have relevance today as much as last year, and in other countries as well as in Canada.]

Regions: 
Movements & Struggles: 

This May, Baltimore played host to an Economic Democracy Conference, organized by It's Our Economy.  We've rounded-up coverage  from across the web so you can read reports from the conference, listen to conference organizers and watch video of conference sessions--all in one place.  If you couldn't make it to the conference, this round-up is the next best thing!

Here's a report from It's Our Economy:

Regions: 
Visions & Models: 
Movements & Struggles: 

Amalurra, Basque for 'mother earth', was formed from a meditation group with life coach Irene Goikolea over 20 years ago. Wanting to take their practice further, they bought an old seminary and oriented their lives around making it beautiful and offering hospitality. Fast forward to now, and there are several gleaming buildings, including a hotel, hostel, spa, cafe, restaurant, many spaces for meetings and workshops, and a sweat-lodge next to a stream and extensive gardens.

Regions: 
Movements & Struggles: 
Economic Sectors: 

Today, corporate profits are at an all-time high and employee wages are at their lowest ever as a percent of GDP.i Worker cooperatives embody the hope that we can reverse the downward spiral in wage stagnation, wealth distribution, and concentration of ownership to build an economy that truly serves people and communities.

Regions: 
Visions & Models: 
Movements & Struggles: 
Practices, Tools & Strategies: 

cross-posted from Shareable

Visions & Models: 
Practices, Tools & Strategies: 

[Editors note: Collective Courage can be purchased online from PSU Press here.  Use the code JGN14 at checkout to recieve a 20% discount. Please encourage your local libraries and co-ops to purchase a copy of this important resource.

Regions: 
Institutions & Structures: 

March 14, 2014 – Washington, DC

Movements & Struggles: 
Practices, Tools & Strategies: 

We need to deeply democratize ourselves and others in order to move cooperation and democracy from the margins toward the center of our collective lives.

An unusual perspective

Visions & Models: 
Movements & Struggles: 
Practices, Tools & Strategies: 

Dramatically redistributing ownership and restructuring the institutions of wealth administration to align resource allocation decisions with the interests of people, communities, and nature is essential to a healthy and prosperous human future. Sorting out how to accomplish a transition from the system we have to the system we need is a defining — and so far largely unaddressed — question of our time.

Visions & Models: 
Practices, Tools & Strategies: 

Joe Guinan is a Senior Fellow at the Democracy Collaborative and Executive Director of the Next System Project.

Visions & Models: 
Movements & Struggles: 
Practices, Tools & Strategies: 

this article originally appeared on Paul Glover's website (re-printed with permission).

Institutions & Structures: 
Practices, Tools & Strategies: 
Economic Sectors: 

Approaches for creating sustainable livelihoods assume that a rural household has the ability to make rational decisions to respond to often changing opportunities and constraints, including those offered by markets. In sync with this assumption, envisioning livelihood opportunities for illiterate and unskilled populations (particularly women) has been the most coveted goal of every development agency, both within government and beyond.  While sustainable livelihoods are desirable, they are not easy to attain and there have been few success stories. (Gillet et al., 2008).

Institutions & Structures: 
Movements & Struggles: 
Practices, Tools & Strategies: 
Economic Sectors: 

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Articles