Can Cooperatives Build Better Online Tools to Disrupt the Disrupters? Also CiviCRM

P2P Foundation October 6, 2017  by  Michel Bauwens, Republished from Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO) (3 years ago) One of the key differences between private platforms (platform capitalism) and cooperative platforms (platform cooperatives) lies in how they are designed, by whom, and for whom. Indeed, technology and design, and all the invisible architectures that govern our lives and influence our choices and behaviour, are ‘value sensitive’. This …

Real things and coming together, why they matter

Excerpt from Real Things and Why They Matter, at Yes! Magazine By Cecile Andrews Sep 04, 2017 As I was finishing Revenge of the Analog, I remembered a book I’d read a few years before—Barbara Ehrenreich’s Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy. Her thesis lends weight to Sax’s research. She shows how throughout history people danced in the streets for the …

How Big Corporations Game Our Democracy into Their Plutocracy. Also, notes from “The Rich Don’t Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph over Plutocracy that Created the American Middle Class” by Sam Pizzigati

When public institutions are governed by private interests. By Ralph Nader, 4 Oct 2017 on Common Dreams A major chapter in American history – rarely taught in our schools – is how ever larger corporations have moved to game, neutralize and undermine the people’s continual efforts to protect our touted democratic society. It is a fascinating story of the relentless exercise …

How the active many can overcome the ruthless few

By Bill McKibben in The Nation, 30 Nov 2016 Bill McKibben recently wrote about how he  “came, at the age of 27, to write The End of Nature. It owes more than a small debt to The Fate of the Earth, which let me feel it was possible and permitted to write about the largest questions in the largest ways….  We are …

“Millennials don’t just want personal career growth; they expect to make a positive contribution to society … If companies want to attract the best and brightest, they must design ways for employees to make an impact beyond the walls of the company”

By Kelly Pledger Weeks, Harvard Business Review, 31 July 2017  Every Generation Wants Meaningful Work — but Thinks Other Age Groups Are in It for the Money Several years ago, I started getting regular consulting requests from companies seeking help managing Millennials. When I asked what they were struggling with, I heard comments similar to these: “Millennials don’t seem to care about …

George Lakey’s advice on building campaigns, also learning from Scandinavians

Since that 1955-65 decade we’ve learned much more about how powerful campaigns build powerful movements leading to major change. Some of those lessons are here. Name this political moment. Acknowledge that the United States has not seen this degree of political polarization in half a century. Polarization shakes things up. Shake-up means increased opportunity for positive change, as demonstrated in many …

Interview with Elandria Williams of the Highlander Center on rootedeness, organizing, participatory research, and more

Interview of Elandria Williams, by Community-Wealth.org Education Team member, Highlander Center and Co-editor of Beautiful Solutions Interviewed by Steve Dubb, Director of Special Projects, The Democracy Collaborative July 2016 Elandria Williams is on the Education team at the Highlander Research and Education Center, where she has worked since 2007. Elandria helps co-coordinate the Southern Grassroots Economies Project (SGEP), supports the …

Memory, Fire and Hope: Five Lessons from Standing Rock

By Alnoor Ladha, Originally published on Common Dreams, 8 March 2017   “The ongoing struggle will not go down in the flames at Oceti Sakowin,” writes Ladha. (Photo: Stephen Yang/Getty Images) “The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” —Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting Last week, on February 22, 2017, water protectors …

Learning from “social defense” in the struggle against the authoritarian regime in Poland 40 years ago

Excerpt from In These Times The Trump era is seeing the emergence of what has been called “social self-defense,” a massive self-organization of millions of Americans to resist Trump’s agenda. It has been manifested by the millions who participated in the Women’s March, the spontaneous actions against Trump’s Muslim ban, the mass demonstrations and community meetings in cities around the …