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Cooperative and Common Ownership

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:16:47 GMT


What changes to the cooperative form would permit a better construction of the commons?

The Great Deceleration

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:14:00 GMT


The 'Great Acceleration' of economic activity in the past 60 years has led to a series of interlocking crises. Here's why a Great Deceleration is necessary for us "to live again with affection and beauty on this earth."

New Zine Highlights the Solidarity Economy in St. Louis

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:49:00 GMT


It's hard to convey what the sharing movement is about without describing how it looks in practice.

The Climate Crisis and Economic Policy Choices

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:55:00 GMT


A major issue in climate economics is whether it is possible to halt the growth in carbon emissions and to achieve, instead, a rapid reduction.

Decolonisation in Europe: Sámi Musician Sofia Jannok Points to Life beyond Colonialism

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:00:22 GMT


I was able to interview Sofia Jannok to explore the connection between her music, the decolonisation of Sámi Indigenous land and of Europe, and the necessity of Indigenous rights and Indigenous peoples’ perspectives for all of humanity. 

Patterns of Commoning: Can Commoners Become Self-Aware of Their Collective Potential?

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:50:00 GMT


As the idea of patterns of commoning suggests, commons are not objects, but actions.

The Centre-Left’s Narrative on Climate Change has Convinced No One

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:37:00 GMT


The election of Donald Trump reflects the unraveling of the centre-left across the West, and with it a fragile consensus on climate change.

Rise of Trump and Trudeau haven’t changed need for radical climate action

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:08:40 GMT


The entire system must be put into question, not just who joins the new executive committee.

Money for Everybody

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:32:00 GMT


The Netherlands will kick off the year 2017 by launching an experiment with an unconditional basic income starting in January - the culmination, for now, of a charismatic social scientists’ decades of activism.

Portugal Announces World’s First Nationwide Participatory Budgeting Project

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:18:00 GMT


Participatory budgeting is becoming increasingly popular, with more than 1,500 programs worldwide.

Barcelona's Brave Struggle to Advance the Commons

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:49:00 GMT

(image) On a visit to Barcelona last week, I learned a great deal about the City’s pioneering role in developing "the city as a commons."

Tiffany's Fallacy: the Mineral Pie is Shrinking, and Most of What's Left is in the Sky

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:01:00 GMT


In the debates that deal with energy and fossil fuels, it is rather common to read or hear statements such as “oil will last for 50 years at the current rate of production.”

Consciousness and the New World Order

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:02:00 GMT


In the previous post on Chaos, Havoc, and the American Abyss, we began a discussion about the work of Peter Pogany, and how it relates to the situation we now find ourselves in with the pending Trump administration here in the U.S.

Invest in the Future, not the Past: 4 Reasons to Divest from Fossil Fuels

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:32:00 GMT


With the benefit of hindsight, would you have wanted your pension being invested in cassette tapes, floppy discs, fax machines, Kodak or Blockbuster in 2000?

After Brexit and Trump: don't Demonise; Localise!

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:50:00 GMT


Both Trump and Brexit can be explained by the failure of mainstream political elites to address the pain inflicted on ordinary citizens in the neoliberal era.

What will spark a degrowth movement in the USA?

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 18:32:00 GMT


Last year I cycled across North America, talking about degrowth to anyone who would listen and listening to whomever had something to say about it. Just mentioning it leads to dynamic and interesting conversations, especially among people previously unfamiliar with the concept.

Reflections on "A Letter from Mondragon"

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 15:40:00 GMT


In a "letter from Mondragon", recently published by on the Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative (CUCI) website, Armin Isasti, makes some incisive and thought-provoking observations that I think we in the worker co-op movement would do well to consider.

Prejudice, Ignorance and Granfalloons – Society in the Trump Era

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:06:00 GMT


But what does it mean to say that a society becomes “more complex”?

Lessons on Creating an Equitable and Sustainable Economy

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:57:00 GMT


The economy can often feel like it’s out of our control — a system that abides by its own forces that we have no power to influence.

Living in Unpredictable Times

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:08:40 GMT


Economists make forecasts about what is going to happen in the world of that great God – money.

Huston Textile Company: A Reintroduction into the Local Apparel Chain

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:13:00 GMT


Yet, while we exist in this intimate relationship with cloth, we often know surprisingly little about how it was made, where it was made, and who it was made by.

COP 22: “One Step Closer Towards a Climate that is Incompatible with Dignified Life”

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:31:00 GMT


Another UN climate summit is over and despite the prevalent rhetoric of hope, the gap between the 1,5 or 2 degree target agreed in Paris last year and the real commitments to achieve this target is nowhere near to closing.

Rocking the Google Bus

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:07:00 GMT


Companies like Twitter can make billions of dollars in revenue while providing a widely used service and still be considered a financial failure.

Unifying Commons-based Projects in a Self-organized Solidarity Economy

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 08:12:04 GMT


There are also numerous commons-based projects focusing on the self-organised production and distribution of goods.

Beyond Economism: The Prospect of the Commons

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 12:55:00 GMT


Nowadays, the social imagination is effectively being modelled in the framework of economism.