Recognizing the emergent Solidarity Economy

By Matt Noyes mn@rollingearth.org, Matt Noyes is a social movement educator based in Colorado Springs, Colorado who writes on horizontal education, union democracy and reform, workers cooperatives, and solidarity economy. He extends thanks to Leire Uriarte Zabala, Yurie Kubo, Charley MacMartin, and Cheyenna Weber. Introduction This strange movement, nameless, untethered, taking place here and now in multiple forms, scarcely visible, barely sketched out, …

Coming platform cooperatives?

George Zarkadakis is a science writer, novelist and artificial intelligence engineer. His latest book is In Our Own Image: Savior or Destroyer? The History and Future of Artificial Intelligence (2016). He lives in London. https://aeon.co/essays/workers-of-the-world-unite-on-distributed-digital-platforms Why do corporations exist? These hierarchical, self-contained assemblies of labour, capital and know-how have been with us for so long that by now they seem almost ‘natural’. But …

Look at me: why attention-seeking is the defining need of our times

The urge to belong is universal. So would a better understanding of it help tackle loneliness – and explain why stalkers, spree killers and jihadists turn their pain on others? Leo Benedictus in The Guardian Mon 5 Feb 2018 Mental health.  Illustrations by Nishant Choksi   There is a famous Jewish mother joke. You’ve heard it before. Question: How many Jewish mothers does it …

We need to nationalise Google, Facebook and Amazon. Here’s why

Nick Srnicek in The Guardian Nov 2017 A crisis is looming. These monopoly platforms hoovering up our data have no competition: they’re too big to serve the public interest For the briefest moment in March 2014, Facebook’s dominance looked under threat. Ello, amid much hype, presented itself as the non-corporate alternative to Facebook. According to the manifesto accompanying its public launch, Ello …

Contribution accounting systems

A contribution accounting system is not a currency and not a barter system. It doesn’t refer to an exchange between individuals conducting joint work, whether picking cherries or on a project, or between them and another entity like a company. They are not getting paid a salary in exchange of their work. They are collaborating, they all add cherries into the same …

Average adult in Finland is a member of two co-ops, or four if farmers

  Ed Mayo: In a sparsely populated country with a short summer and long, hard winter, the idea of people working together for a common interest comes naturally. As a result there are more member-owners of co-operative enterprises in Finland than there are people. The average adult is a member of two co-operatives; those in a rural setting, such as farmers, are likely …

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 …

Over 57 million freelance, 36 percent of all US workers, on track to be the majority by 2027. Nearly two-thirds have to dip into their savings at least once a month.

MJ Kaplan posted Jan 04, 2018 in Yes! Magazine The future of jobs, work, and workplaces is facing rampant transformation. One of the most visible changes has been the rising number of contract workers, who, according to the Freelancers’ Union, number 57.3 million people in the US. That’s 36 percent of all workers! If current trends continue, by 2027, contract workers will outnumber …

“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, …

Regenerative Finance shows what non-extractive investing could look like

Araz Hachadourian posted Jan 10, 2018 in Yes! Magazine.  From the Winter 2018 issue on Solidarity: How to Build Joyful Economies In 2013, Kate Poole was at a conference for young people who wanted to put their vast wealth to good use. She had opportunities to invest in green technology and local food, but she felt that even well-intentioned investing often …