Jean Lievens: Beyond the market-state – decentralising power in a sharing society

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

This is broadly in line with what P2P theorist Michel Bauwens refers to as the partner state – a reformed governmental apparatus that builds on the welfare state…

Beyond the market-state: decentralising power in a sharing society

CONCLUSION: Resilient and socially inclusive communities can clearly play an immediate role in the great transition that still lies ahead, but it will remain impossible to establish economic systems that are structurally just and truly sustainable until political power is radically decentralised – especially at the national and global level – and wealth is distributed more equally throughout society. By recognising the global roots of our local struggles, those working towards local alternatives to economic globalisation therefore have a central role to play in democratising our governance systems from the top down as well as the bottom up.

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Mar 27

Open Power: Electoral Reform Short Brief (4 Slides)

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This is the new short brief (4 slides) that is being circulated to those interested in having a conversation about electoral reform in 2015 and what it might mean in relation to electing an honest effective government in 2016.

PPT (4): Electoral Reform New Briefing 1.2

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Mar 22

Open Power: The National Conversation on Electoral Reform, Honest Government, and Our Future

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Joan Blades, the brilliant human that created MoveOn and Moms Rising, is now leading a new movement and meme,  Living Room Conversations. Below is the first draft of what has gone forward for possible elevation to a national conversation about THE issue of our day.

NOTE: The critical genius of Joan’s concept is the conversation first focuses on building understanding and trust face to face without regard to any issues. Appreciation for one another comes first. We consider this vastly more important than any transpartisan or activist movement because it crosses all boundaries and goes directly to “root” — our shared humanity.

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Mar 21

Open Power: Strategy for Public Victory

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The question has been asked: Can we really do this? Below is one answer. A national conversation should yield both many more answers, and public confidence that it can indeed restore integrity to the US electoral process, to all three branches of the federal government, and eventually to all state and local governments — while demonstrating a model that could work around the world, over time eliminating the 42 dictators that are now “best pals” of a very corrupt US merged network of crime and politics.

Below are bullets on Strategy, Principles, Money, Timing, Principals, and Outcomes.

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Mar 20