Five trends to watch in community and economic development in 2019 + Create a Solidarity Economy Giving Project

1. Opportunity Zones will take effect in force No surprise here. Opportunity Zones were the big community development story in 2018 and will continue to be in 2019. Proposed regulations should be finalized this year, creating more confidence for investors. Opportunity Funds are already being set up, and investment volumes will grow rapidly. But because of variation in the economic standing of Opportunity Zones, the …

The World’s first renewable island – when a community embraces wind power

RapidTransition.org story posted 4 February 2019. See lessons The Danish island of Samsø went from being entirely fossil fuel dependent to becoming the World’s first 100% renewable island, in under a decade. In 1997, the Danish Government launched a competition to develop a model renewable energy community, in order to prove that the country’s Kyoto climate target to reduce carbon emissions …

People-centered land governance, campaign and UN declaration for people working in rural areas: Strategy, indicators, and good news stories

Up to 2.5 billion people, including 370 million Indigenous People, depend on land and natural resources that are held, used or managed collectively.  They protect more than 50% of the world’s land surface, but have formally recognized ownership over just 10%* *Who Owns the World’s Land? RRI, 2015 This leaves 1/3 of the world’s population vulnerable to dispossession by more powerful actors. Download Download Download Download Download …

Evolving Toward Cooperation

To clarify theory and worldview in Wilson’s words:   “The difference is that a theory can only tell us what is, while a worldview can tell us how to act.” Evolving Toward Cooperation: David Sloan Wilson’s New Evolutionary Biology, By Kurt Johnson, P2P Foundation and re-posted from Kosmos Journal, February 12, 2019  Shortly after the publication of The Coming Interspiritual Age in 2013, I was contacted by Dr. David Sloan Wilson, founder …

How does sharing look in your life, community and network? What sharing projects are you involved in? New Shareable series profiles

This Shareable series highlights people around the world who are “supersharers.” These are individuals who are deeply involved in makerspaces, coworking hubs, art collectives, worker cooperatives, community gardens — basically initiatives in which people can freely share knowledge, skills, resources, and more, with each other.   Juan Manuel Aranovich based in Buenos Aires, Argentina  What sharing projects are you involved in? I …

Subsidiarity and Communes: a Great Social Achievement

This article is modified from a webinar presentation given on October 31, 2017 for the afgj.org  –Alliance for Global Justice — monthly Venezuela webinar series NOVEMBER 24, 2017 Venezuela’s Communes: a Great Social Achievement, by KATRINA KOZAREK Over the years we have all heard a great deal about the great social achievements of the Bolivarian Revolution, the government subsidized health program Barrio Adentro, …

No Plant Closings! Plant Conversion to Save Workers and the Planet

Wendy Thompson December 18, 2018 What would it take to keep these assembly and transmission plants open? As autoworkers have begun to formulate demands for the opening of the 2019 contract negotiations, GM upped the ante by announcing the loss of 14,000 jobs with the closure of three assembly plants and two transmission plants to add to the two million manufacturing …

Community lending + creating business models driven by social purpose, not single pocketbook priorities

Hidden in Plain Sight: Across the country, Americans in all walks of life are creating companies with business models driven by social purpose, not just their own pocketbook priorities. Frances Moore Lappé, Common Dreams, January 19, 2019 Cooperative Home Care Associates (CHCA) honored by NYC Dominican Parade Association and CHCA workers march in the parade on August 14, 2016. In our capitalist …

To make companies moral, make the employees the owners

To make companies moral, make the employees the owners: Having stockholders can offer confusing incentives for business owners with a mission–but not if those stockholders are employees who believe in the mission, too BY MARJORIE KELLY, in Fast Company In the minds of many entrepreneurs, taking a company public, with shares trading on a public stock exchange, represents the pinnacle of …

Better Jobs and Better Future: What cooperatives can do for young people?

 February 2, 2019, P2P Foundation https://blog.p2pfoundation.net/better-jobs-and-better-future-what-cooperatives-can-do-for-young-people/2019/02/02 The following article is reposted from CECOP-CICOPA Europe. CECOP-CICOPA Europe has decided to give a voice directly to young people and those working with them. Here is the result! Three videos illustrating employment and entrepreneurial opportunities that cooperatives in industry and services provide to young people across EU. Cooperatives are riding the wave of changes. They represent …