Outgrowing Capitalism 2018 Winter Summary and Reflection At the beginning of the winter, I set out with a few basic questions: What role might cooperatives have in a transition from capitalism? Which elements of cooperatives help them succeed and advance this goal, and what problems cause them to fail? What are the real-world challenges […]Read More Outgrowing Capitalism: Synthesis of Winter Research
During my research I have encountered several sources which have mentioned the work of the Catalan Integral Cooperative and its philosophy of “Open Cooperativism”. Michel Bauwens and the P2P Foundation especially promote this organization and its approach, and even helped to fund and publish an in-depth study of it, authored by George Dafermos in October […]Read More What on Earth is the Catalan Integral Cooperative?
Why not “overthrowing” “abolishing” or even “smashing” capitalism, or some similarly militant rhetoric? Well, rhetoric aside, these approaches have been attempted many times, and have failed rather catastrophically. You can argue that it was due to this or that power play, these material condition or such and such CIA-backed coup (and you wouldn’t be totally […]Read More Why “Out-Growing” Capitalism?
For transformative ideas to take root, there must be a plan for a plan that makes the goals explicitly known. This serves 3 main functions A roadmap for organizers to measure their progress against A starting place for the education of the newly radicalized/activated A common program shared between radicals of diverse organizations dedicated to […]Read More Planning for a Just Transition
In my previous post I summarized the state of the current disaster response industry and its ability to respond adequately to the challenge of runaway climate change (and let me tell you folks, it isn’t looking good). At this point we are guaranteed a minimum level of climate-amplified disasters around the world (storms, floods, droughts, […]Read More Cooperation Against Catastrophe Part 2
This panel, featuring Paul Mason, David Harvey, Aaron Bastani, Alice Bell and James Meadway, is what first interested me in Mason’s concept of Postcapitalism. David Harvey provides a much-needed stodgy old Marxist counterpoint to Mason’s techno-utopianism. The overall contribution of the panelists is to sketch outlines of contemporary socioeconomic, technological and ecological forces, trends and […]Read More Technology and Post Capitalism
Why Cooperatives Need to Invest in Disaster Relief (Part I) 2016 and 2017 have seen some of the worst climate-related disasters in recorded history. And if data trends are any guide, the years to come will only bring more record breakers, each storm season more brutal than the last. Low lying, coastal population centers, agriculturally […]Read More Cooperation Against Catastrophe
Cooperatives, due to their user principles and unique qualities, have a natural advantage in the marketplace over traditional businesses. Worker cooperatives and multi-stakeholder models even more so. Their abilities to address market failure, help poor and marginalized communities capitalize economic development, and provide stable living wages with a lower failure rate than ordinary firms gives […]Read More P2P Digital Marketing for Cooperatives