We’ve Got People: From Jesse Jackson to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement, by Ryan Grim. Also US History in 10 Movements.

Loc: 650 Democrats, even as they became the party of “acid, abortion and amnesty,”31 still nearly won the 1968 presidential election, such was the support for the party’s creation of a robust welfare state. Loc: 680 As we look across history for examples of Democrats losing elections as the result of an unwillingness to stand behind a set of values, …

Are you a carbon abolitionist? People don’t care about climate change. They care about life.

In Terms of Combating Climate Crisis, Renowned Naturalist David Attenborough Declares: ‘We Cannot Be Radical Enough’ Sir David Attenborough gives testimony to the House of Commons Tuesday. (Image: House of Commons/PA) In testimony to British lawmakers Tuesday, famed scientist and environmental advocate Sir David Attenborough said that humanity “cannot be radical enough” in working to stop the ravages of the …

What Gets People Engaged, and Keeps Them Engaged Over Time? Relationships with other participants and the opportunity to play a role that is meaningful and challenging

Excerpt from Univ. of Wisconsin, distributed by Climate Advocacy 2019 In short, the answers to these questions are: (1) relationships with other participants and, (2) the opportunity to play a role that is meaningful and challenging. These answers are supported by research on local community organizing (Christens & Speer, 2011), and are also related to theory on human development and …

Organizing is like building cooperatives

Excerpt: Break away from PowerPoint and surveys. Develop a 10-month project with the participants that allows them to explore those topics through their own project-based learning. Create milestones, practice interpersonal skills, have meetings with funders and lawyers, and have it all fit into a larger programmatic arc that will leave participants with experiences they can learn from and build upon. We Need …

Seven principles of a Democratic Economy: community, inclusion, place (keeping wealth local), good work (putting labor before capital), democratized ownership, ethical finance, and sustainability

https://democracycollaborative.org/content/marjorie-kelly-employee-ownership-and-community-wealth Our economy is designed by the 1 percent, for the 1 percent. This book offers a compelling vision of an equitable, ecologically sustainable alternative that meets the essential needs of all people. We live in a world where twenty-six billionaires own as much wealth as half the planet’s population. The extractive economy we live with now enables the financial …

To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete

How can we create a worldwide, permanent shift to regenerative culture in every sphere of life? “You never change things by fighting against the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.”- Buckminster Fuller Ruth Gordon: In recent years there’s been a global awakening to the momentous choice humanity now faces: do we …

The Key Themes of Collaboration

May 20, 2019  No Comment  The Open Coop  Cross-posted from The Open Coop and written by Oliver Sylvester-Bradley. Having re-watched the webinar on Catalysing Collaboration at Scale I wondered if it might be possible to identify some of the key themes of collaboration. Truly effective, synergistic, collaboration is an elusive beast at the best of times and the idea of making it work at scale, for …

Co-governance means that once elected, officials continue to listen to and actively work with our communities to draft policies and move them forward, together, figuring out how the community, its leaders and our electeds can fashion clear parameters, bottom lines and processes that guide us in making  difficult judgments together

Co-governance means that once elected, officials continue to listen to and actively work with our communities to draft policies and move them forward, together. What must be figured out for co-governing to flourish is for the community, its leaders and our electeds to fashion clear parameters, bottom lines and processes that guide us in making  difficult judgments together. Only experience …

Coordinate a synchronised movement: Flocking behavior in groups

Open.coop May 2019: Defining Collaboration DNA As we mentioned in a previous post on the murmurations of a collaborative sustainable economy, the basic models of flocking behaviour are controlled by three simple rules: Cohesion – steer towards average position of neighbours Separation – avoid crowding neighbours Alignment – steer towards average heading of neighbours There is nothing saying that the rules of a collaborative, …