Now Just Five Men Own Almost as Much Wealth as Half the World’s Population

By Paul Buchheit on Common Dreams, 13 June 2017 Last year it was 8 men, then down to 6, and now almost 5. While Americans fixate on Trump, the super-rich are absconding with our wealth, and the plague of inequality continues to grow. An analysis of 2016 data found that the poorest five deciles of the world population own about $410 billion in total wealth. As of 06/08/17, the …

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 …

Transforming state political platforms from the left – examples in Massachusetts and Texas

Sanders Backers Plant Left-Wing Flag in the Massachusetts Democratic Party The state’s party just passed an incredibly progressive platform.   By Theo Anderson ‘It’s a great opportunity, but it’s also a great challenge. Certainly the momentum is strong. I don’t see it fading. But we need concrete steps to push it forward.’ At the Massachusetts Democratic convention over the weekend, …

Re-invigorating person to person democracy

One of the things I would tell people was that surely one of the next things that was going to happen was that we were going to start talking to the voters who had supported President Obama in 2008 and 2012 and who flipped to support Trump in 2016, as well as with the people who voted for President Obama …

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 …

“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 …

RevolucionCR created a new space that allows citizens to directly engage and assume the responsibility for proposing, designing, and implementing major reforms that politicians, both in the government and political parties, have not been able to make

 “People who think about social change in traditional political terms cannot begin to imagine the changes that lie ahead. Conventional reformers cast their programs in terms of national policies, or in terms of laws and central planning. But in the end, what will shape the future is a creative potential that inheres in the new technologies of electronic communication and …

Transforming the economy

By Hunter Lovins – May 2017 The Regenerative Future Summit and the Leading for Well-Being Consortium are working on a regenerative path to an economy in service to life:  a world that works for 100% of humanity.  The doors have been thrown open to anyone who wants to participate, starting tomorrow.  The meeting will be 15 – 17 May 2017 in Boulder, …