Book of the Day: Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi

Cooperation Jackson is one of the most interesting Municipalist extitutions (self-organised political assemblies designed to maintain a balance between prefigurative politics and their institutional counterparts) on the scene. Here is the press release for their new book, co-written by Kali Akuno and Ajamu Nangwaya, which chronicles their history, struggles and those of their hometown of Jackson,… Continue reading

Podcast: The Power and Perils of Cooperatives

Institute for Local Self-Reliance: Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Hannah Trostle and Karlee Weinmann, research associates for the Community Broadband Networks and Energy Democracy initiatives, respectively. The three discuss the cooperative model of ownership and how this model can enable investment in gigabit internet connections for their member-owners, but also… Continue reading

Patterns for Decentralised Governance and why Blockchain Doesn’t Decentralise Power… Unless You Design It To

I  recently gave a talk at the re:publica conference in Dublin. Every time I go to one of these internet-and-society conferences I get very grumpy about the blockchain hype, so today I used my stage time to spell out my grumpiness. Here’s what I said… Civilisation ❤️ trusted databases It might help to think of blockchain as… Continue reading

Can Community Capital Finance the Next Generation of Farmers?

Christina Oatfield: After the 2008 economic recession, banks were more conservative about lending and the general public was more aware of the flaws in our financial institutions and related regulations. Since then, small businesses, start-ups, nonprofits, investors, and ordinary folks with modest savings have shown growing interest in fundraising strategies such as crowdfunding, crowdinvesting, direct… Continue reading

Book of the day: Perspectives on Commoning

Perspectives on Commoning: Autonomist Principles and Practices. Edited by Guido Ruivenkamp and Andy Hilton. Perspectives on Commoning explores the concept of ‘commoning’ as social practice, and the potential of the commons to provide a new left alternative. In the wake of socialism’s demise and liberalism’s loss of direction, new ideas are needed for the next… Continue reading

John Restakis on the emergence of social care coops

Guerrilla Translation’s transcript of the 2013 C-Realm Podcast Bauwens/Kleiner/Trialogue prefigures many of the directions the P2P Foundation has taken in later years. To honor its relevance we’re curating special excerpts from each of the three authors. First up, John Restakis describes the transformation of the traditional cooperative model into today’s growing Social Coop movement. John… Continue reading

Culture eats coops for breakfast

How evolving organisational culture in cooperatives is a powerful lever to create the new social paradigm the world needs. This article is based on a presentation given at Disrupting the Disruptors Platform Coop conference, 9 September 2017, Toronto. Chloe Waretini: You might have heard the saying ‘culture eats strategy for breakfast.’ It’s the idea that… Continue reading