Reconnecting Agriculture to our Cultural Base: An Interview with Ana Felicien

Ana Felicien and Cira Pascual Marquina – Reposted from Ana Felicien works at Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research and is a founding member of the Semillas del Pueblo (People’s Seeds) movement. She researches in the areas of agroecology and food sovereignty. In this interview with Venezuelanalysis, we asked her about grassroots attempts to achieve… Continue reading

Community Control of Land and Housing

Jarrid Green: Exploring strategies for combating displacement, expanding ownership, and building community wealth A historical legacy of displacement and exclusion, firmly rooted in racism and discriminatory public policy, has fundamentally restricted access to land and housing and shaped ownership dynamics, particularly for people of color and low-income communities. Today, many communities across the country are facing new threats of… Continue reading

Matt Stoller on Modern Monopolies

Republished from Econtalk Matt Stoller of the Open Market Institute talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the growing influence of Google, Facebook, and Amazon on commercial and political life. Stoller argues that these large firms have too much power over our options as consumers and creators as well as having a large impact on… Continue reading

Catalonia, Spain: Building a powerful regional network for energy sovereignty

Xarxa per la sobirania energètica (Xse) Catalonia brings like-minded groups together to fight for change in the energy sector locally, and collaborates with similar initiatives elsewhere in Spain, Europe and Latin America. Xse emerged when different organisations and individuals identified energy-related problems affecting local populations, including fracking, the managing of hydroelectric dams by private corporations… Continue reading

The promise of worker-run farming

Written by Matt Stannard and cross-posted from Sharable Analysis: Many Americans are turning to sustainable farming operations to enrich their communities and personal lives. While these enterprises can be economically precarious, small-scale food production helps foster many cooperative and sustainability-oriented values. Having committed to such sustainable practices, some would see worker cooperatives as a natural… Continue reading

OPEN 2018: Growing the commons

Stacco Troncoso from the P2P Foundation; Mònica Garriga Miret from the Free Knowledge Institute; Guillaume Compain from Plateformes en communs and Tiberius Brastaviceanu, Co-Founder of Sensorica discussing strategies for Growing the Commons. Stacco has worked alongside Michel Bauwens for many years and has an excellent grasp on the concepts of the commons, whilst Monica is… Continue reading

The punk rock internet – how DIY ​​rebels ​are working to ​replace the tech giants

John Harris: Around the world, a handful of visionaries are plotting an alternative ​online ​future​.​ ​Is it really possible to remake the internet in a way that’s egalitarian, decentralised and free of snooping​?​ Republished from The Guardian The office planner on the wall features two reminders: “Technosocialism” and “Indienet institute”. A huge husky named Oskar… Continue reading