The New Economy Movement

For those of you interested in social change, here’s a manifesto worth reading.

The broad goal is democratized ownership of the economy for the “99 percent” in an ecologically sustainable and participatory community-building fashion. The name of the game is practical work in the here and now—and a hands-on process that is also informed by big picture theory and in-depth knowledge.

Thousands of real world projects — from solar-powered businesses to worker-owned cooperatives and state-owned banks — are underway across the country. Many are self-consciously understood as attempts to develop working prototypes in state and local “laboratories of democracy” that may be applied at regional and national scale when the right political moment occurs.

The movement includes young and old, “Occupy” people, student activists, and what one older participant describes as thousands of “people in their 60s from the ’60s” rolling up their sleeves to apply some of the lessons of an earlier movement.

Gar Alperovitz wrote America Beyond Capitalism which I was able to read last year. It’s not a page turner, but you’d probably find something of value in it. As I recall, there is a section in it about local development within the confines of a municipality (a subject of which I am particularly fond).

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