Common Transition

Here’s a group that look to collate ideas and policies in a movement toward breaking down the dichotomy of market and state by reintroducing a conception of the commons, as a third term whilst re-imagining both state and market at the same time:

“This process requires the re-conception and re-alignment both of traditional commons and co-operative thinking, and practice, into new institutional forms that prefigure a new political economy of co-operative commonwealth.”

http://commonstransition.org/about-commons-transition-2/

http://commonstransition.org/what-is-commons-transition/

Farm Workers Credit Union

Here’s a great article about a credit union that was set up by farmers to help support each other financially and also in times of emergency/strike to provide financial support.  One of the best models for how banking should really be run:

https://libraries.ucsd.edu/farmworkermovement/2010/03/farm-worker-credit-union-by-abby-flores-rivera-2/

Global Village Construction Set

Here’s a 2 minute video about a project by Open Source Ecology, a group of farmers, engineers and architects to create a set of fifty different industrial machines that it takes to build a small civilisation with modern comforts, all rooted in open source design and aimed to build them at the cost of materials with zero waste:

http://opensourceecology.org/

 

Co-ops Anchored in Local Institutions, Cleveland, USA

A fascinating strategy for empowering local worker owned businesses to empower communities through their involvement in local green cooperatives, here’s a quote:

 An important aspect of the plan is that each of the Evergreen co-operatives is obligated to pay 10 percent of its pre-tax profits back into the fund to help seed the development of new jobs through additional co-ops. Thus, each business has a commitment to its workers (through living-wage jobs, affordable health benefits and asset accumulation) and to the general community (by creating businesses that can provide stability to neighborhoods).  The overall strategy is not only to go green but to design and position all the worker-owned co-ops as the greenest firms within their sectors.”
https://www.thenation.com/article/cleveland-model/

From Brooklyn to Manchester: 596 Acres

This is a movement focused on bringing public land back to the public.  One person noticed that within Brooklyn, U.S., there was 596 acres of unused public land and so began a process whereby the public are made aware that this land is vacant and available. This organisation focuses on enabling others to grasp the opportunity to turn their local land into gardens, farms, play spaces and other local intitiatives.  It has even spread across the world as far as Berlin, Germany and my local Manchester, UK:

http://596acres.org/mission-and-story/

http://596acres.org/maps-for-other-cities/

https://loveoldtrafford.wordpress.com/growing-spaces/

 

Initiative 136

In Thessaloniki, Greece there is a movement to stop the privatisation of the water provision, or as they put it: “Privatisation of the profits, socialisation of the loss”.  The currently profitable public water system, with low prices for users, has been set to be sold, but there has been massive public opposition, and it was calculated that for 136 euros each the user could purchase the system and maintain its independence from profit seeking corruption:

http://www.136.gr/article/what-initiative-136