Public-Common Partnerships: Building New Circuits of Collective Ownership

This post by Keir Milburn and Bertie Russell was originally published on common-wealth.co.uk Executive summary This report introduces a new institutional framework for a transformative socialist politics: the Public-Common Partnership (PCP). Whilst the era of new public-private partnerships in the UK has apparently come to an end, more than £199 billion of Public Private Partnership… Continue reading

AGRICULTURE 3.0 OR (SMART) AGROECOLOGY?

While transforming food and agriculture to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is becoming increasingly urgent, ‘smart farming’ appears to many as an attractive way to achieve sustainability, not least in terms of profit. In the European Commission’s plan, the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is intended to fund the huge investments this 3.0 agri-revolution… Continue reading

Ecofeminism to Escape Collapse

Maria Mediavilla: Feminism has gained a very strong following in Spain in recent years, as the massive feminist demonstrations of March 8th of 2018 and 2019 showed, and I would dare to say that much of its success is due to the popularity of the ecofeminist message and the slogan “put life at the center”… Continue reading

Minneapolis, Minnesota: Community Power

In 2011, a campaign that would eventually become Community Power was set up, with the aim of directing more of the US$450 million Minneapolis residents spend each year on energy bills towards a clean energy economy. Since the partnership’s creation, a broad coalition of actors have pushed forward community-grounded energy solutions: universally-accessible, debt free financing… Continue reading

OD&M students’ mobilities

By odmadmin Last week, 12 students of the OD&M training visited the training nodes (Florence, Bilbao, London, Dabrowa Gornicza) exploring the local ecosystems of alliances between Universities, makers communities and enterprises. The mobility gave the possibility to build mutual knowledge and relations between students from the four countries, and has been a very positive experience… Continue reading

Book review: The History of Community Development Financial Institutions

Book review by Matt Cropp, republished from geo.coop Democratizing Finance: Origins of the Community Development Financial Institutions Movement Clifford N. RosenthalFriesen Press, 2019 For those of us working to build the co-op economy in the U.S., Community Development Financial Institutions, or CDFIs, are strategically vital players in making more cooperation happen. Here in Vermont, knowing… Continue reading