Berkeley is among the first US cities to earmark funding specifically to help local businesses convert to democratic worker ownership, to commit to enacting a procurement incentive for worker cooperatives and tailoring its revolving loan fund to explicitly target worker cooperatives and businesses converting to cooperative ownership

By Yassi Eskandari, Theselc.org, March 18, 2019 | CREATE! Supporters wore the color green to signify how worker cooperatives put people and planet above profit. (Represented: Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin, Councilmembers Kate Harrison and Sophie Hahn, and members of the Sustainable Economies Law Center, Project Equity, Network of Bay Area Cooperatives, Democracy at Work Institute, US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, and worker cooperative members and …

Co-ops Need Leaders, Too 

Co-ops Need Leaders, Too by Nathan Schneider Originally posted on Medium on 21st January 2019. I frequently encounter a notion, among those drawn to cooperatives, that a cooperative should be an amorphous, faceless collective in which old-world skills and norms of leadership can be discarded. How does this work out for them? Not well. Usually one of two entirely predictable things happens as …

Capitalism rewards extractive activities, but has a great structural difficulty in financing generative impacts

Michel Bauwens: I very strongly believe this is one of the key solutions for climate change mitigation, and more generally, about creating ‘circular finance’ mechanisms, i.e. rewarding generative, rather than extractive activity. Capitalism rewards extractive activities, but has a great structural difficulty in financing generative impacts. One of the potential solutions are ‘circular finance’ mechanisms, in which positive and generative …

The Economy for the Common Good: A Workable, Transformative Ethics-Based Alternative, by Christian Felber

By Christian Felber, Vienna University of Economics and Business and Gus Hagelberg, Coordinator for International Expansion of the ECG more, February 27, 2017,  MONEY & BANKING, DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE This paper by Christian Felber and Gus Hagelberg, published alongside three others, is one of many proposals for a systemic alternative we have published or will be publishing here at the Next System Project. You can read it …

Clean Energy Through Urban Action – PUSH Buffalo

Clean Energy Through Urban Action – PUSH Buffalo, by Carolyn Fortuna in Clean Technica, February 23rd, 2019  “It’s an interesting time to be alive,” Rahwa Ghirmatzion, PUSH Buffalo‘s executive director, began during a recent interview with us at CleanTechnica. Mobilizing residents into vibrant neighborhoods with safe, reasonably-priced housing and local hiring opportunities, the organization has many successes, and its ongoing collaboration with the Solutions Project to power the …

A vision of a just society and collective well-being over individual benefit: Ongoing lessons of the Zapatista revolution

A Spark of Hope: The ongoing lessons of the Zapatista revolution, by Hilary Klein, Portside.org February 19, 2019  In 1998, Zapatista women in Amador Hernadez demanded daily that the Mexican military leave the village communal landholdings, Tim Russo What are the lessons of the EZLN’s revolutionary struggle for Indigenous autonomy, a quarter-century after declaring war on Mexico and global capitalism? January 1, …

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 …