Free access to locally grown food for everyone – movement has turned all the public spaces, from the front yard of a police station to railway stations, into farms filled with edible herbs and vegetables for all

By Khushboo Balwani February 6, 2018 on Shareable Here’s the problem: The rapid expansion of cities is breaking the relationship that people have with the food ecosystem. Although the problem is receiving attention by some city officials, and they are adopting new sustainability programs and policies, it is a time-consuming, top-down process with an uncertain impact. What if with a bottom-up approach of …

Rights of Nature and Community Rights movement in corporate crosshairs

Excerpt from Inside Climate News Since the dawn of the environmental movement, polluters have faced resistance from local residents and environmental advocates. But as industry encroached deeper into the natural world, a new legal movement emerged to end the centuries-old American legal tradition that defined nature as property. Most community activism has focused on trying to influence environmental agency decision-making, and …

A Populism of Hope Begins When People Feel Their Own Power: At work behind almost any great social movement is an engine of counter-economy

Published on Thursday, January 18, 2018 in YES! Magazine and Common Dreams, by Nathan Schneider At the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, attended by an estimated 200,000 people, a group heads down a street carrying protest signs. Dr. Martin Luther King can be seen on the left side at the head of the group. August 28, 1963 (Photo: © CORBIS/Corbis via …

Commons Transition Primer – short version

You are not likely to encounter a more welcoming set of texts and infographics to introduce the commons and peer production than the Commons Transition Primer website! The new site features four types of materials suited different levels of interest: short Q&A-style articles with illustrations; longer, in-depth articles for the more serious reader; a library of downloaded PDF versions of research …

“Being the Change”: daily practices of a happy, good community

In his new book, NASA climate scientist Peter Kalmus explores the daily practices that build healthy, happy, and resilient communities. Peter Kalmus posted Jan 09, 2018 It can be hard to find hope in climate change mitigation. But that’s exactly what NASA climate scientist Peter Kalmus does in Being the Change. While he’s not your typical government scientist—he commutes by bicycle, …

Minimum Viable Structure: Organisational Scaffolding to Get Out of Emergency Mode. For activists, startups, and NGOs: 8 lightweight interventions to get a working team to shift from sprint to marathon.

By Richard Bartlett, 2017 I had a phone call last night with a friend in Houston. They’re doing emergency relief work in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. In their words, West Street Recovery is: “a grassroots organization of people from diverse backgrounds, collaborating to leverage our skills and personal networks toward immediate disaster relief. We’re now transitioning to long term …

The Ohio Employee Ownership Center has retained or created 15K jobs at a cost of just $772 per job.  Other states have similar centers.  Every state ought to have one!

At Fifty by Fifty, we just published an op-ed about employee ownership in Milwaukee’s Journal Sentinel as well as Madison’s Capital Times. The fact that Madison is the capital matters, because it means the piece probably floated around the halls of the Capitol building the Monday after it ran. I wanted to share the story of how we at The Democracy Collaborative (TDC) pulled …

Why you’ve never heard of a Charter that’s as important as the Magna Carta

The Charter of the Forest was sealed 800 years ago. Its defence of the property-less and of ‘the commons’, means the Right would prefer to ignore it – and progressives need to celebrate and renew it. By Stacco Troncoso, P2P Foundation, November 9, 2017  Dr. Guy Standing talks about the Charter of the Forest and its relevance 800 years on. Originally published in Open Democracy. Guy …

Shifting ownership from the 1% to the 99%: Initiative seeks for employee owned companies to be 20-25% of the workforce by 2050, adding security, recirculating money locally 3x more

By Fran Korten in Yes! Magazine, Oct 26, 2017 For decades Marjorie Kelly has looked for ways that businesses can better contribute to the good of society. In 1987, after getting a master’s degree in journalism, she founded Business Ethics magazine to showcase socially responsible corporations. But after 20 years as president and publisher, she sold the magazine. She had come to an …