Michel Bauwens: Open Cooperativism for the P2P Age

Michel Bauwens

Michel Bauwens

Open Cooperativism for the P2P Age

Our recommendations for the new era of open cooperativism are:

1. That coops need to be statutorily (internally) oriented towards the common good

2. That coops need to have governance models including all stakeholders

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Dec 20

SchwartzReport: Joseph Stiglitz on The Chinese Century – PBI: BRICS + Poor + Open Source Everything

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

Read this article. This is the most important geopolitical essay I have read in 2014, in both the academic or general media.  I absolutely agree with this assessment. The decisions we make in the next two years concerning China may define the next generation of the world. If we go the Theocratic Rightist way we are doomed. If we choose policies that are compassionate, inclusionist, and life-affirming stressing wellness, America will continue to enjoy a position of world leadership and the world will be more peaceful.

The Chinese Century

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Dec 16

Yoda: Trebor Scholz on Platform Cooperativism

Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Way ahead, this is.

Platform Cooperativism vs. the Sharing Economy

The Bad: Sascha Lobo and Martin Kenneyrecently introduced the term platform capitalism, which I’d define in reference to subcontracting and rental economies with big payouts going to small groups of people. Occupations that cannot be off-shored, the pet walkers or home cleaners, are now subsumed under platform capitalism.

The Good: Worker-owned cooperatives can offer an alternative model of social organization to address financial instability. They will need to be · collectively owned, · democratically controlled businesses, · with a mission to anchor jobs, · offer health insurance and pension funds and, – a degree of dignity.

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Dec 8