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Fortress World Of Capitalism vs. Beautiful Possibilities Of Cooperation

Fortress World Of Capitalism vs. Beautiful Possibilities Of Cooperation
Above photo: Those arguing for the emergence of non-capitalist alternatives have gravitated to the term “solidarity economy” to describe the non-capitalist economic initiatives that are emerging, and it seems that “platform cooperativism” is a good term for those technologically mediated forms of solidarity economy that serve human needs and help build a sustainable future. (Photo: Japo García/flickr) Building a sustainable world in these ... Read more

Bringing Power To The People: The Unlikely Case For Utility Populism

Bringing Power To The People: The Unlikely Case For Utility Populism
Above Photo: Solar panels installed on a Pennsylvania farm, thanks to a USDA grant (U.S. Department of Agriculture / Flickr) One glaring omission in the postmortem handwringing about the 2016 election is the fact that most poor people in America—of all races and genders—simply didn’t vote. They were prevented from doing so by a number of structural barriers—voting restrictions, second and third jobs, far-flung polling locations—as well as a ... Read more

Making Employee-Owned Enterprises Part Of The Income Inequality Solution

Making Employee-Owned Enterprises Part Of The Income Inequality Solution
Above Photo: Mike Alewitz Impact Investing And Employee Ownership: With income inequality in the United States at record high levels, employee ownership is increasingly being lauded as a potential solution to spreading wealth more broadly. Most recently, research from the National Center for Employee Ownership released in May shows that employee owners have a household net worth that is 92 percent higher than non-employee owners. They also ... Read more

On International Day, UN Promotes Cooperative Solutions For Social Inclusion

On International Day, UN Promotes Cooperative Solutions For Social Inclusion
Above Photo: Coffee Handlers at Cooperative Café Timor Sifting Coffee Beans. Photo: UN Photo/Martine Perret 1 July 2017 – Cooperatives help to build inclusive economies and societies, and can help to eliminate poverty and reach the other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the head of the United Nations labour agency today said, marking the International Day of Cooperatives. “Let us draw on the strengths of cooperatives as we pool efforts ... Read more

Building The Networked City From The Ground Up With Citizens

Building The Networked City From The Ground Up With Citizens
Above Photo: From magazine.ouishare.net – Interview With Francesca Bria How can technology lead to more participation in democratic processes? Who should own and control city data? Can cities embrace a model that socializes data and encourages new forms of cooperativism and democratic innovation? In the run-up to the OuiShare Fest Paris, Albert Cañigueral interviewed Francesca Bria, the chief innovation officer of Barcelona. A: YOU WERE IN ... Read more

Reclaiming Public Services

Reclaiming Public Services
Above Photo: From TNI.org How cities and citizens are turning back privatisation Reclaiming Public Services  is vital reading for anyone interested in the future of local, democratic services like energy, water and health care.  This is an in-depth world tour of new initiatives in public ownership and the variety of approaches to deprivatisation. From New Delhi to Barcelona, from Argentina to Germany, thousands of politicians, public ... Read more

What A Puplic Bank Could Mean For California

What A Puplic Bank Could Mean For California
Above Photo: Flickr/ Images Money California is the eighth largest economy in the world, and it has a debt burden to match. It has outstanding general obligation bonds and revenue bonds of $158 billion, largely incurred for infrastructure. Of this tab, $70 billion is just for interest. Over $7 billion of California’s annual budget goes to pay interest on the state’s debt. As large as California’s liabilities are, they are exceeded by its ... Read more

Replacing TrumpCare and ObamaCare with Co-opCare

Replacing TrumpCare and ObamaCare with Co-opCare
Above photo: Ithaca Health Alliance. From Ithaca.com. Few are satisfied with America’s medical insurance system, but many resist abrupt change. Conservatives want smaller government and more individual responsibility. Liberals fear abandonment of the poor and elderly. Everyone dreads premium increases. Yet there is a path that’s both liberal and conservative, which relies on a genuinely free market to achieve low-cost, high-quality health ... Read more

Atlanta Fought For $15 And Won

Atlanta Fought For $15 And Won
Above Photo: From jwj.org People working for the city of Atlanta received welcome news as the City Council unanimously passed a budget raising their wages. Starting on July 1, 2017, base pay for city employees will rise from $10.10 to $13 an hour. Even better news? By mid-2019, all city employees will earn a minimum of $15 an hour. Now more than 1,000 people who sweep the city streets, maintain local parks, and put out fires will have a ... Read more

Traditional Welfare And Taxes Can Be Reformed To Support Universal Basic Income

Traditional Welfare And Taxes Can Be Reformed To Support Universal Basic Income
Above Photo: basic income by asher platts Some of the most common questions ever asked in regards to the idea of a universal basic income (UBI) are in regards to the details. “How much income? Who gets it? Who pays for it? How is it paid for? What does it replace?” These are all great and important questions, but the answers vary from person to person, because the answers are a matter of personal and political preferences when it comes to ... Read more