Date archives "October 2016"

Homeownership is Dead. Long Live the Permanent Real Estate Cooperative

Janelle Orsi: Imagine that a group of people works hard to fill their neighborhood with urban farms, bike lanes, parks, murals, community services, and education programs. Next, imagine that those same people are forced to move away. Ouch, that bites. Sadly, this is real: Improving the livability of a previously disinvested neighborhood creates opportunities for… Continue reading

Toward Post-Capitalist Cities? Reporting Back From The Global Social Economy Forum 2016

An article by Mike Sandmel, originally posted at New Economy Coalition: “In the US, it’s not uncommon to think about cooperatives and non-profit social enterprise as something wholly outside the realm of conventional politics. Yet, in many parts of the world, and increasingly in some corners of the US, government, especially at the local level,… Continue reading

Open Source Business Models for Circular Economy Video Series (1)

VIDEO 1 – Intro: Open Source & Circular Economy From a Video Series about ‘Open Source Business Models for Circular Economy’ – produced for the Open Source Circular Economy Days (OSCEdays).  See our original post on Open Source Circular Economy Days  for the complete set of resources: tool downloads, explanations, videos, script, links. INTRO Hi,… Continue reading

Patterns of Commoning – Working with Patterns: an Introduction

By: Helmut Leitner On August 6, 2000, I happened upon an unadorned website with valuable knowledge and interesting discussions. Every page had an edit button that gave me access as a contributor and coauthor with the same rights as everyone else. That was new and exhilarating, like receiving an unexpected present. I didn’t know that… Continue reading

Postcapitalism and the city

Paul Mason delivered this Keynote at Barcelona Initiative for Technological Sovereignty CCCB, 7 October 2016: The idea of postcapitalism consists of two hypotheses, about the unique effects of information technology. First, that information technology is preventing the normal adaptation process, whereby capitalism—as a complex system—reacts to crisis, to the exhaustion of old business models, to… Continue reading

The rise of platform cooperativism in Australia

It has been said repeatedly that when it comes to the sharing economy, access trumps ownership. Yet questions of ownership are more important today than ever, as millions of people rely on a range of peer to peer platforms for work, knowledge, mobility, media and culture of which they have little to no control over…. Continue reading

Crowdsourcing the food commons transition: de-commodifying food one movement at a time

In the 2011 dystopian film In Time, Justin Timberlake works literally to earn his living, as the monthly currency is additional time for living. Billionaires can live for thousands of years, practically becoming immortals, while poor people struggle to survive every day, many of them failing in that endeavour. This science fiction film resembles painstakingly… Continue reading

Book of the Day: Licensed Larceny

Nicholas Hildyard: Licensed Larceny: Infrastructure, financial extraction and the Global South (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016). I discovered Nicholas Hildyard’s work at Corner House in 2005, and was heavily influenced by it. He’s one of the best writers around on the false pretensions of so-called “free market” policies like privatization and deregulation in the… Continue reading

Team Human 4: Micah White on Permanent Revolution Today on Team Human we’re looking at protest. While we may be willing to raise our voices, sign petitions, and even get arrested, are we willing and ready to take hold of power? Author, activist, and Occupy Wall Street co-creator Micah White gives a passionate assessment of the state of protest today while putting… Continue reading

Call for Applications: International Research Fellowships in Critical Digital & Social Media Studies

“The Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies (WIAS)  is an academic space for independent critical thinking beyond borders. It is located at the University of Westminster in the heart of London. Prof Christian Fuchs is its Director. The WIAS’ research focus is critical digital and social media studies. The Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies has an… Continue reading

Commons: A Frame for Thinking Beyond Growth

The main concern in a commons economy is not to compete or think in terms of business models, but rather to make the best use of shared resources so that no one is left behind. In this interview, commons scholar Silke Helfrich discusses the connection between degrowth and the commons, and how these two concepts… Continue reading

URSUS FACTORY PROJECT. Democratic Turn through Art (1)

This piece by Igor Stokfiszewski was originally published on PoliticalCritique. This is the first part of Igor Stokfiszewski’s analysis of activities conducted in Ursus – a post-industrial district of Warsaw – by a Polish artist Ja?mina Wójcik in collaboration with Political Critique’s team which are being exercised since year 2011. In this part an author… Continue reading

What We Know About Worker Co-ops

Ed Mayo writing for Co-operatives UK: Worker co-operatives tend to be smaller than conventional businesses and struggle to find investment, right? Well, not necessarily, according to new research into worker co-ops. Over the last few years a growing body of evidence about worker-owned businesses has emerged, showing that they give staff more of a stake… Continue reading

Seeing Wetiko: Dreaming Beyond Capitalism – A Culture Without Fear

By Martin Winiecki In the 1990s an unusual encounter took place in the Ecuadorian Amazon. In plant rituals, shamans of the Achuar, a tribe living in pristine forest that had never been in touch with Western civilization, received the warning that the “white man” would try to invade their lands, cut down the forest and… Continue reading

Digital Transformations of Work: Labouring in the Digital Economy (ILPC 2017)

A call for papers for the stream on Digital Transformations of Work at ILPC 2017, April 4-6 in Sheffield. Deadline for abstracts: 21 October 2016 Submissions via website: Digital Transformations of Work: Labouring in the Digital Economy “Digital technologies have provided the links for multinational companies (MNCs) and global production networks (GPNs) to shift… Continue reading