Book review: The History of Community Development Financial Institutions

Book review by Matt Cropp, republished from 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

Who Owns the Million Dollar Baseball?

Modern capitalism has the conceit that only individual property owners create wealth and they therefore deserve all the rewards. It cannot comprehend the idea that commoners and commons create value. Fortunately, a brilliant young cartoonist from Canberra, Australia, Stuart McMillen, clearly explains the collective origins of wealth through a wonderful extended comic strip. It is… Continue reading

Co-ops and the Global Commission on the Future of Work: Q&A with Simel Esim

How are co-operatives responding to the world of work challenges? Interview by Anca Voinea, originally published at coop news on 1st May 2019 Simel Esim heads the International Labour Organization’s Cooperatives Unit, which manages ILO activities on co-operatives and other social and solidarity economy enterprises (SSEEs). She has been at the helm of the unit since 2012. In… Continue reading

The commons

The commons are collective resources managed by self-organized social systems under mutually acceptable terms. Written by Dana Brown, Director, The Next System Project. Article reposted from The Next System Project They are our collective heritage as a species—both those resources which we inherit from previous generations and those which we create—managed in such a way… Continue reading

How to Create a Thriving Global Commons Economy

Not since Marx identified Manchester’s manufacturing plants as blueprints for the new capitalist society have our political economy’s fundamentals faced a more profound transformation. As structural crises beset capitalism, a new mode of production is emerging: commons-based peer production. This piece by Michel Bauwens and Vasilis Kostakis was originally published on The Next Download… Continue reading

People-powered finance to the rescue?

How we can wrestle back our apps from the tech giants and end surveillance capitalism. Peter Harris: 2018 was the year where the twisted intersection of apps, data exploitation, privacy and corporate tech giants went mainstream. While the issues had been brewing for a while — such as the revelation of addiction design in most apps, the… Continue reading

International Conference: “Social Solidarity Economy and the Commons: Contributions to the Deepening of Democracy”

Note: the updated submission deadline is June 20, 2019. Venue: Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Lisbon, Portugal Date: 6 – 8th November 2019 Organiser: Centre for International Studies (CEI-IUL) The second international conference “Social Solidarity Economy and the Commons” will be a meeting point for researchers, activists, public officials and social entrepreneurs involved in social… Continue reading

The Art of Maintaining “Good Vibes:” lessons on practices and skills from two egalitarian communities

Katarzyna Gajewska: If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. Egalitarian communes create an alternative to capitalist individualist lifestyle and values. The add communal organization of life and sharing living space to the self-managed enterprises that they operate to generate income. Living in such setting means agreeing to be challenged and confronted… Continue reading