Toward an Open Co-Operativism
Pat Conaty and David Bollier, Commons Transition
“The power of open source principles, now proven beyond a doubt, is rapidly proliferating into many other areas of culture, production and social life. The prospect of more participatory, socially convivial forms of production – accountable to communities and mindful of the larger common good – has never seemed more achievable. Still, there are important organizational, legal and financial hurdles to overcome – not to mention cultural and political differences – that must be dealt with if co-operatives are to find common ground with digital commoners and peer producers. Fortunately, there are emerging models such as multi-stakeholder cooperatives that could be vehicles for such cooperation.” Read full paper.
It would not be bad if consumer demand forced some of these companies to get into selling actual, healthy food and drink…
Coca-Cola Facing Major Financial Challenges As Sales Steadily Decline
In recent years, consumers have been slowly cutting back on things like soda, junk food, and GMOs, in favor of a more healthy diet. Companies like Monsanto are losing millions as a result, and are struggling to maintain the long-term stability of their businesses. Very soon, these businesses may be forced to either change with market demand, or risk bankruptcy.
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There’s a lawsuit against 92 oil-related companies to pay to restore the land they have helped erode in Louisiana which will get worse if something is not done.
Website: Restore Louisiana Now
Nathan Schneider is one of the best chroniclers of the emergence of the new solutions. This piece places places a lot of innovations into context, connecting various movements and ideologies together to give the reader a picture of what’s next.
Owning is the New Sharing
“We’re moving into a new economic age,” says Marjorie Kelly, who spent two decades at the helm of Business Ethics magazine and now advises social entrepreneurs. “It needs to be sustainable. It needs to be inclusive. And the foundation of what defines an economic age is its form of ownership.” … There are many ways to own. Simply giving up on ownership, however, will mean that those who actually do own the tools that we rely on to share will control them. People who want an economy of genuine sharing are coming to recognize that they must embrace ownership — and, as they do, they’re changing what owning means altogether.