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Introducing the FairShares Model V3.0

via P2P Foundation The FairShares Model enables you to (re)design companies, cooperatives, associations and partnerships to fully recognise and reward enterprise founders, workforce members and users/customer who invest natural, human, social, intellectual, manufactured and financial capital. We recognise that wealth is generated by stewarding nature to enhance human skills and capabilities, building relationships between people, enabling them to generate and share ideas that stimulate goods to meet human, societal and environmental needs. By recognising and rewarding these six capitals, a more ethically grounded concept of wealth guides our human endeavours to create, distribute [...]

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Buffalo Sets Up Community Land Trust

It is the product of more than a decade of community organizing, but residents in east Buffalo’s historic Fruit Belt neighborhood cheered when Common Council President Darius Pridgen announced on his radio program last Friday that the “City administration [will start] setting aside land…for the first land trust in the Fruit Belt.” via Nonprofit Quarterly by Steve Dubb It is the product of more than a decade of community organizing, but residents in east Buffalo’s historic Fruit Belt neighborhood cheered when Common [...]

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Resist and Build: Discussing Solidarity Economy with Emily Kawano

via The Next System Emily Kawano, coordinator of the US Solidarity Network, Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of the Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS), and co-director of the Wellspring Cooperative in Springfield, Massachusettes, joins us to discuss her work on the Solidarity Economy. Adam Simpson: You’re listening to the Next System Podcast. Our guest is Emily Kawano, a coordinator at the US Solidarity Economy Network, a board member of the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of the Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS). She is also the Co-Director of the Wellspring [...]

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The Hidden History of Solidarity Economy Visions

via Grassroots Economic Organizing Collective The Life and Times of James Boggs by Asar Amen-Ra  James Boggs’ life was one of imagination and reimagination. His narrative was one of hardcore socialist, to Black Power advocate, to Humanitarian solutionary. There was never a time when Jimmy, as he was affectionately called, would get stuck in dogmatic doctrine; he made it a point to constantly learn and adapt to his environment. In his formative years while working in the auto industry, Jimmy predicted and envisioned a [...]

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A Boon for Shared Equity Homeownership

Shared equity homeownership programs just had a big win: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (“the Enterprises”) committed in their Underserved Markets Plans to increase access to mortgages for shared equity homebuyers over the next three years. via Shelterforce by Emily Thaden These Underserved Markets Plans (UMPs) were just approved at the end of 2017, and are a part of the implementation of the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) Duty to Serve program. The intent behind the new program is to bring liquidity [...]

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The Preston Model

In a new series looking at how to make the economy work for everyone, Guardian columnist Aditya Chakrabortty finds out how Preston turned its fortunes around by spending locally via The Guardian by Aditya Chakrabortty The city of Preston in Lancashire dates back to Roman times. It is listed in the Domesday book as Prestune. It’s where inventor Richard Arkwright kickstarted the cotton trade. Yet ask local people to tell you its history and they jump straight to 2011. That was Preston’s year zero, when [...]

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Cincinnati experiments with co-op/union hybrid

A city hit by high unemployment is looking to examples abroad and from US history to create new ways of working via Co-op News In Cincinnati, Ohio, a city with high levels of unemployment, new models of co-operation are being developed, based on examples in US history as well as current projects overseas. The Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative (CUCI) is a no-profit union co-op incubator founded in 2009. It develops union co-ops – a hybrid business combining elements of the democratic worker ownership [...]

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Why Workers’ Rights Are Good For The Economy

via New Economics Foundation by Adrian Bua When economic decision-making power is in the hands of the public rather than corporate interests, economies tend to have lower rates of inequality, and higher levels of productivity. These are the findings of the new international Economic Democracy Index, launched at NEF this month. The Economic Democracy Index is an innovative tool which measures and compares democratic participation and economic rights across 32 OECD countries. It reveals important new insights for our understanding of what [...]

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Super Bowl Black Out

March and Rally Highlight Community Resistance to Super Bowl LII by MN Divest Invest Coalition MINNEAPOLIS – With the Super Bowl LII here in the Twin Cities, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL), Black Visions Collective, Inquilinxs Unidxs Por Justicia (IX), the St. Paul Teacher’s Federation (SPFT), MN350.org, Young People’s Action Coalition (YPAC), the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers’ International Union (BCGTM) along with other local organizations and unions came together to hold a march and rally to highlight community resistance to Super Bowl LII and empower low [...]

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Imprisoned: Inside the Politics of Control and Resistance

Social justice movements from around the world are pushing back against this shift toward nationalism, extraction and environmental destruction. They are particularly highlighting food sovereignty, feminism, and environmental justice as strategic ways forward in the defense of land, water, and territory. Via Grassroots International By Salena Tramel The rise of destructive and reactionary political power impacts people and ecosystems across many global settings. These shifts in control, characterized by a resurgence of racist and nationalistic rhetoric and policies, a redoubling of environmental [...]

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