The Nuts and Bolts of Distributed Organizing

The Bernie Blueprint: The Nuts and Bolts of Distributed Organizing: Not everyone is a gruff-but-beloved Vermont socialist… So how do you build a distributed organizing program without a national presidential campaign? By Tim Ellis, June 1, 2021, The Monitor.ca, https://monitormag.ca/articles/the-bernie-blueprint-the-nuts-and-bolts-of-distributed-organizing 7-minute read In January of 2016, I spent nearly my last 80 bucks, hopped on a Greyhound bus and left …

Senate Testimony: Concentration of economic and financial power is squeezing out pharmacies, jobs, and livelihoods in rural areas

“At the root of much of rural America’s distress is the concentration of economic and financial power,” ILSR Co-Director Stacy Mitchell testified before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday, April 20th. “We have a few superstar cities mostly on the coasts that are prospering. Meanwhile, much of rural America is falling further and further behind. Good jobs are rare. Poverty …

A monopoly can be given to a private corporation if it actually fulfills two things: allow just and reasonable prices and serves the public interest. Also, only one reason to grant a corporate charter…

David Korten’s presentation to the Summit on the Future of Corporations, Faneuil Hall, Boston MA, November 13, 2007. Only One Reason to Grant a Corporate Charter (see end) ** Excerpts from Interview – John Farrell and Jean Su – May-June 2021 Jean Su:  A monopoly can be given to a private corporation if it actually fulfills two things. And this …

New York’s Public Power Bill Could Be a Model for the Rest of the Country. NY State Build Public Renewables Act sets path for faster, cheaper, better decarbonization.

The New York State Build Public Renewables Act. “We could see, for instance, federal money going to states so that they could set one up themselves so that they can build out public renewable energy in their states, bring down the cost, make it accountable to the people, and bring down energy poverty at the same time.” Dharna Noor 5/13/21, Gizmodo …

Long Working Hours Led To 745,000 Deaths Worldwide In 2016: WHO finds long hours lead to deaths from heart attacks and strokes

As ownership of the digital economy is concentrated into the hands of the very few, we see a small handful of the wealthy get obscenely rich, while an increasingly subcontracted and casualized workforce must accept precarity and the threat of unemployment as the ‘inevitable’ impacts of automation. May 26, 2021 | EDUCATE! As we emerge from the pandemic, we urgently need to reclaim our free time – …

Employee ownership funds, centers, certification, directory

Worker Buy-Outs: As the German model of industry-wide collective bargaining comes under pressure, unions are now being forced to look for other means of protecting jobs. Read how employee ownership, though not a one-size-fits-all solution, could help revitalize the labor movement in Germany. Don’t Start Just Any Kind of Business; Start a Worker Co-op End Capitalism Worker-Owned Cooperatives Are Creating …

The Rise and Fall of ‘Community Energy’ in Europe”: shift to competitive auctions eliminated the opportunity for individual and small-scale generators to sell surplus electricity back to the grid

A radical transition in energy ownership—and a shift in control away from large energy companies to small producers and consumers—seemed not only possible, but perhaps even imminent. Such was the level of confidence in the underlying economics of renewable energy that many community energy advocates accepted and sometimes supported EU policies that made further liberalization and privatization of energy markets …

community-scaled Internet service providers are far more effective at delivering fast, affordable, and reliable Internet access

Access to high-quality broadband is more important than ever, but monopoly control of essential public service leaves many disconnected, underserved, or paying too much for substandard service. Recommended: Removing state laws that discourage or prevent local governments from building or partnering for broadband networks. Supporting a diverse range of locally-based solutions, including municipal broadband networks, partnerships between communities and locally-owned companies, …

Peace of Mind, Democracy at Work: ‘We have the philosophy of not firing people. We want people to not have too many worries.’

By Peter S. Goodman Dec. 29, 2020 NYTimes.com Co-ops in Spain’s Basque Region Soften Capitalism’s Rough Edges: A group of worker-owned businesses may present an alternative model to economies dominated by the interests of shareholders. Over the decades, scores of other cooperatives took root, dominating the town’s economy. Each business is autonomous, but they operate under shared principles, especially the understanding …

80% of jobs lost are in the bottom half of the income distribution and 58% of small businesses are worried that they will have to close permanently due to Covid-19: There are alternatives!

Local Elections Wins: From universal preschool to possible student debt cancellation, we’re seeing a mandate for bold moves toward a democratic economy coming out of this month’s elections. As organizers continue to shape a national-level vision for the next four years, check out this roundup of successful ballot initiatives to reduce inequality that show what’s already possible at the local …