Better for business, better for well-being: 75% of American workers prefer to work in an employee-owned company

Employee ownership offers a solution to the vast income and wealth inequality that is undermining America’s economy. GOOD FOR EMPLOYEES WAGES: Employee owners earn average wages 5 to 12 percent higher than employees in conventional firms. WEALTH: The net worth of employee owners aged 28 to 34 is 92 percent higher than for non-employee owners. RETIREMENT SAVINGS: The average retirement …

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 …

I left the ad industry because our use of data tracking terrified me: With every post, click, and purchase, we have become the product, and we never agreed to that

June 2019 excerpt from Fast Company Advertising had ceased to be about connecting with consumers—it was now about finding novel ways of extracting evermore personal information from computers, phones, and smart homes. To many of the most powerful and profitable companies in the world, we are the products, and the services we all use are just afterthoughts they put out to keep …

Cradle-to-cradle at Excellent Systems in Denmark

Clean Technica, June 2019 In 2002, I needed a change to my working environment as my body was withering away from endless hours at the computer as a web page designer since the dawn of the internet. To remedy the situation, I looked for a job doing some good old fashioned manual labour and luckily, a small company near my …

How Monsanto manipulates journalists and academics

Carey Gillam, Clean Technica, Sun 2 Jun 2019 59 Monsanto’s own emails and documents reveal a disinformation campaign to hide its weedkiller’s possible links to cancer  Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup, one of the world’s most popular herbicides, may cause cancer. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters Over the past year, evidence of Monsanto’s deceptive efforts to defend the safety of its top-selling Roundup herbicide have been …

A quarter of American workers are now gig workers. In NYC half of Uber drivers are supporting families with children, 40% are on Medicaid

The gig is up: America’s booming economy is built on hollow promises Robert Reich Contract workers prop up big earners but under Trump’s anti-labor administration are ruthlessly exploited themselves Sun 2 Jun 2019, The Guardian  Uber just filed its first quarterly report as a publicly traded company. Although it lost $1bn, investors may still do well because the losses appear to …

Her ‘small but mighty’ solar rover powers events around Seattle

May 23, 2019 at 6:00 am Updated May 28, 2019 at 9:46 am Jennifer Brandon’s Northwest Solar Rover powers a show by The Not-Its! at a Phinney Ridge festival. (Courtesy of Jennifer Brandon) By Michelle Archer  Seattle Times Explore Meet Jennifer Brandon, a former real estate agent turned solar-energy designer and installer whose Northwest Solar Rover is a portable, off-grid source of power. What do …

Even economists say: Greed comprehensively dominates Washington policies and is now causing conflict with China

Under American capitalism, which has long strayed from the cooperative spirit of the New Deal era, today’s winners flat-out reject sharing their winnings. As a result of this lack of sharing, American politics are fraught with conflicts over trade. Greed comprehensively dominates Washington policies. The real battle is not with China but with America’s own giant companies, many of which …

Fossil fuel subsidies – May 2019 report

The IMF paper on “Global Fossil Fuel Subsidies” finds that the world is wasting 6.5% of global GDP — US$5.2 trillion per year — subsidising dirty energy through direct subsidies, tax breaks, or non-internalisation of externalities. Coal remains the largest recipient of these explicit or implicit subsidies, despite being the most polluting. The second paper, on “Fiscal Policies for Paris …

Exxon predicted in 1982 exactly how high global carbon emissions would be today. Seas were 75 ft higher last time CO2 levels were this high

World continues to follow high emissions growth pathway that Exxon projected in 1982 SUN SETS ON THE BAO STEEL MILL IN BAOTOU, INNER MONGOLIA, CHINA. BAOTOU, A ONE-INDUSTRY TOWN, IS ALSO NOTORIOUS AS A BIG POLLUTER, MOSTLY FROM THE LARGE BAO STEEL FACTORY. (PHOTO CREDIT: RYAN PYLE/CORBIS VIA GETTY IMAGES) KYLA MANDEL, Climate Progress, MAY 14, 2019, Exxon predicted in 1982 exactly …