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Submitted by miraluna on Thu, 02/16/2012 - 1:52pm
I like to think of utopia as the space where idealism meets reality. Over the years, I have found few radical social change projects that met reality without failure or conflict, especially within a capitalist economy. Transformative projects often fail to take off and end up disillusioning their founders and volunteers. The Bike Kitchen model is one of those unique exceptions that we can try to learn from.
The first time I visited the San Francisco Bike Kitchen...
Submitted by emilykawano on Wed, 01/18/2012 - 11:04am
The U.S. Solidarity Economy Network stands in solidarity with the Occupy Wall St. movement. As a network of groups, activists and solidarity economy practitioners, we seek to transform our economic system into one that puts people and planet front and center – an economy for the 99%. Another World is not only possible, it already exists, in many, many forms. The solidarity economy, grounded in principles of solidarity, participatory democracy, sustainability, equity in all dimensions, and pluralism (not a one-size-fits-all model) is a fast growing global movement. We offer these Solidarity Economy briefs to provide a glimpse into some of the aspects of the solidarity economy that exist all around us. (click title for more including links to the SE Briefs)
Submitted by CarlDavidson on Thu, 12/22/2011 - 9:54am
Revolutions Don't Happen in a Day:
5 Ways OWS Can Stay Powerful
and Truly Build a Movement
By Yotam Marom
Submitted by CarlDavidson on Wed, 12/21/2011 - 11:09am
Workers at the Evergreen Cooperative Laundry in Cleveland
Worker-Owners of America, Unite!
By GAR ALPEROVITZ
Submitted by CarlDavidson on Mon, 12/19/2011 - 7:47pm
Speech by SACP General Secretary Cde Blade Nzimande at the Launch of the Red October Campaign, October 2 2011:
Submitted by emilykawano on Thu, 12/08/2011 - 10:34am
Former SEN Board member, Dan Apfel's interview in Forbes Magazine, 12/7/11
Rahim Kanani: Recently, I interviewed Dan Apfel, Executive Director of the Responsible Endowments Coalition (REC)—the leading voice for responsible investing in higher education. REC works with student activists and college community members to advocate for responsible investing of the $350 billion that colleges and universities have in their endowments.
Dan became involved in this work as a student and has a background in community economic development working in New York City at the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions and in Rochester, NY. He has a BA in history from the University of Rochester.
Rahim Kanani: What is the Responsible Endowment Coalition and what was the impetus for its formation?
Dan Apfel: In total, colleges and universities in the United States have about $350 billion in their endowments and spend over $400 billion annually. These institutions are not-for-profit, taxpayer-supported institutions set up with the social purpose of education and research. The Responsible Endowments Coalition was founded to help students and others advocate for and implement responsible investing on campuses around the country.
Submitted by emilykawano on Thu, 12/08/2011 - 10:07am
Posted: 11/29/11 03:14 PM ET
A group of low-income San Franciscans has come up with a positive, long term solution to the housing crisis that is causing millions of Americans to be evicted and some to embrace the "Occupy Homes" movement: buy the buildings.
In October 2011, residents of the Columbus United Cooperative (CUC) in San Francisco celebrated final approval of the ownership of their building as a permanently affordable, resident-owned limited-equity housing cooperative. The residents can now purchase shares in the co-op for only $10,000 in the heart of San Francisco (where most housing starts at $500,000) to become cooperative homeowners, though most earn less than 50 percent of area median income. Previous to the conversion they had been living in their building under the threat of eviction.
Submitted by emilykawano on Wed, 10/12/2011 - 11:57am
Peter Day visits Mondragon Cooperative in the Basque region of Spain. This radio show probes issues such as collective decision-making, worker layoffs and redeployment, the role of Basque culture, globalization and Mondragon subsidiaries.
Submitted by emilykawano on Wed, 10/12/2011 - 11:23am
The Asian Solidarity Economy Forum (ASEF) is an initiative of advocates and practitioners who trumpet the call for an ‘alternative and more compassionate economy. It seeks to draw and galvanize the support of national networks of social enterprises towards strengthening the macro and mega systems of solidarity economy. The forthcoming ASEF Forum KL 2011 is the third in the series. ASEF I was held in Manila last October 2007 and ASEF II was in Tokyo in 2009.
ASEF Forum KL 2011 will on providing a platform for advocates, practitioners, academics, policy makers, community leaders and the business community to interact, share experiences and draw upon our collective community innovations for the common good.
More info: Asian Solidarity Economy Forum