New Economy Coalition

AN INTRODUCTION TO NEC We believe that all our struggles —racial, economic, and environmental— are deeply interconnected and that the most powerful solutions are those that tackle the systemic roots of our issues, rather than treat them in isolation. In 2016 we saw social movements step up to disrupt the status quo, challenge the political establishment, and demand economic, racial, …

Pop-up schools teach about truth and system change. 80% of the world getting by on 5% of its wealth.

Modeled after the Civil Rights Era’s citizenship and freedom schools, the new Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership teaches skills for the Trump Era. By Chuck Collins posted Jun 12, 2017, Yes! Magazine More than 200 people crammed into a meeting room at Smith College to listen to Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum speak at the May 4 opening ceremony of the Sojourner Truth School for Social …

Proposals for economic democracy and shaping tech for the common good are gaining ground: people, workers should share in the benefits of automation and technological progress

This story was first published at Jacobin, June 2017 So much about the 2017 Labour election campaign has been heartening: the energy, the conviction, the full-throated embrace of remaking government in the service of the many. All of the main campaign pledges — from free tuition to thousands of new homes to a stronger National Health Service — will change …

How P2P politics can change the world, one city at a time

By Ann Marie Utratel Commons Transition, 5 June 2017, Commons in the Time of Monsters promotion of real, needs-oriented entrepreneurship, bolstered by explicit recognition and support of bottom-up productive infrastructures, such as Open Coops, mesh wireless networks or community renewables through public-Commons partnerships. It would allow commoners to repurpose or take over unused or underutilised public buildings for social ends …

84% of Americans think money has too much influence in legislatures. Last year, 10 ballot initiatives to enact democracy reform passed across the country, from South Dakota to SF. 10 Years Ago, Connecticut got big money out, but now incumbents are challenging it

By Adam Eichen, In These Times, 6 June 2017 Why would Democrats so readily put public financing on the chopping block? Most Americans recognize that our democracy is under assault by big money. According to a 2015 NYT/CBS poll, a full 84 percent of Americans believe money has too much influence in our elections, and 85 percent want fundamental changes …

Mary Wood and Victory Speakers for Climate Defense, Atmospheric Trust Doctrine, and Trustees of our Natural Resources

It is often said that throughout history “ordinary people have considered it their responsibility to do something extraordinary.” This time we live in calls us all to do something extraordinary–mobilize a country to save a planet. Citizens: Becoming a Victory Speaker for Climate Defense During times of crisis, heroes emerge. During World War II, Victory Speakers, as they were known, …

Little time left to make a rapid shift; Alex Steffan on “The Last Decade and You”

By Alex Steffen, The Last Decade and You, 5 June 2017 We all know that at the very center of that crisis is growing climate chaos. Most people living on Earth know this now. What fewer of us know — and even fewer have deeply explored — is the spring driving the mechanism of our greenhouse disaster.  That tight-wound spring is time; specifically, how little of …

State-Corporate-Fossil Fuel domination system has caused many millions of deaths

America’s historic role as the principal shaper of global capitalism means that the globalization of capitalism enabled the emergence and expansion of a US-dominated transnational network and within this, Dr. Nafeez Ahmed says a US-dominated transnational financial elite has become inherently entangled with criminal networks.  The expansion of global capitalism since 1945 was not an automated process. On the contrary, …

“Yes, and” core values and the next system

By Ben Roberts ● ben@conversationcollaborative.com ● Facebook ● LinkedIn ● Twitter from our Leading for Well-Being Consortium Yes, freedom is a core value that is essential to a prosperous society., and… Our highest calling is to use that freedom in service to our fellow human beings, and to all life, based on values of compassion, love, and generosity. Yes, prosperity can be …