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 …

Putting Communities First in Deploying Energy Storage

“We must be the values that we say we’re struggling for and we must be justice, be peace, be community.” – Jemez Principles 6 A wide range of stakeholders from across the country met in December 2018 to develop a set of principles to ensure equitable deployment of energy storage technologies. (Photo: Megan Rising/UCS) JEREMY RICHARDSON, UCSU UCS convened a select …

Democratized Peer-To-Peer Microgrids: how people with small rooftop solar systems — called micro-generators — could create a peer-to-peer energy market

From Steve Hanley on Clean Technica, May 6 2019 UK Research and Innovation has begun a study to determine how people with small rooftop solar systems — called micro-generators — could create a peer-to-peer energy market. The research is funded by UKRI’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Entitled the Household-Supplier Energy Market Project, the focus is on creating a democratized …

Resident-Owned Community

 Jarrid Green, Researching equity and community control in the next system. more August 17, 2018 DEMOCRATIC OWNERSHIPCOMMUNITY & PLACE Resident-owned communities (ROCs) are manufactured housing neighborhoods (sometimes referred to as mobile home or trailer parks) in which the land is community-owned and managed. An estimated 18 million people who earn less than $28,000 a year (less than half the national household median …

When workers own the code: platform cooperatives in action

Why doesn’t someone try to run an on-demand labor app that doesn’t seem to exploit its workers? Well, that world is inching into reality with the emergence of worker-owned apps, where they own and run the market­place themselves. It’s a trend that could save the gig economy from itself. One of these apps is Up & Go, which lets you order …

Cooperatives and a self-managed factory in action, making things you really need: Inside Vio.Me

By Niko Georgiades, Unicornriot.ninja April 27, 2019 | CREATE! Thessaloniki, Greece – Workers have successfully self-managed the production of environmentally-friendly cleaning products for the last six years in the occupied factory Vio.Me. There are no bosses in this factory on the east side of Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city. Workers have been in full control since occupying the factory in 2013, two years after …

Sustainability and self-sufficiency for rural areas through solar power PV in Alaska. Microgrids allowed and encouraged!

Diesel fuel comes at a high cost for off-road villages that rely on aircraft, boats, and snow machines for transportation. Solar beats diesel on cost, creates new local jobs, and helps to level the socio-economic playing field.   Diesel-Killing Alaska Solar Power Company Walks The Green New Deal Walk by Tina Casey, CleanTechnica.com, April 6th, 2019  Solar Power & The Green New …

A vision of a just society and collective well-being over individual benefit: Ongoing lessons of the Zapatista revolution

A Spark of Hope: The ongoing lessons of the Zapatista revolution, by Hilary Klein, Portside.org February 19, 2019  In 1998, Zapatista women in Amador Hernadez demanded daily that the Mexican military leave the village communal landholdings, Tim Russo What are the lessons of the EZLN’s revolutionary struggle for Indigenous autonomy, a quarter-century after declaring war on Mexico and global capitalism? January 1, …

Vacant lot rehab: Mowing-to-own in St. Louis. Installing trees and picket fences in Philly. How sweat equity and community engagement improves the economics of vacant-land reuse.

By James A. Anderson on Next City 2018 Cities across the U.S. Midwest and Rust Belt have long prayed for model citizens like St. Louisan Eltoreon Hawkins. Hawkins has drive: “My vision is to start on the block, in the neighborhood where I live,” he says. “I want to stabilize it. I see it as my chance to give back to …