Gar Alperovitz: Seeing beyond the promise and limitations of workers’ co-ops

Talks a lot about planning, on a national level. Oops! Once again, Agenda 21 rears its ugly stealthy head for me! And, as Alperovitz puts it, the question always is, “Who has the power?” He does focus on bottom-up initiatives, while also noting, in certain areas, the need to scale up. Alperovitz: “The principle is ‘You always stay at the lowest level necessary’.”

Talks about an incredible urban agriculture experiment in Cleveland to revitalize a poor neighborhood of 40,000 people via decentralized ownership with quasi-public resources to help do it. Says that Atlanta is now beginning to do this, as well as several in Washington, D.C.

So even though —

“Mondragon [in Spain] with 80,000 workers, has been very successful with a very democratic distribution of income; on the other hand, they’re operating in the global market, and are dependent on market conditions and the vicissitudes of capitalism.”

He notes that there’s now lots of experimentation in this country, though it goes mainly unreported. He thinks this is the most important period in American history, bar none, because we’re at the end of the line in the old economic system, and “People are being forced to innovate.” Yet, he cautions: “You don’t talk about any of [these transformative changes] without throwing some decades on the table.”

He says to check out community-wealth.org. I just did. WOW!

Via commondreams

Published on Jan 26, 2014

Mr. Alperovitz tells Paul Jay, the experience of Spain’s Mondragon, the world’s largest workers’ co-op, shows that workers’ ownership can go to scale but on their own, co-ops will not transform society or the economy

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2 Responses to Gar Alperovitz: Seeing beyond the promise and limitations of workers’ co-ops

  1. Thank you for this Ann, fyi, the community-wealth.org link is mixed up with commondreams.org link 🙂 I just started reading a fantastic book I know you would devour, Small, Gritty and Green The Promise of Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World by Catherine Tumber Phd, How the rust belt cities of Syracuse, Worcester, Akron, Flint, Peoria, Rockford and many other’s, all in steep decline can actually be the proverbial Phoenix rising. The urban gardening culture’s of these town’s are a central focus of her book. This is a scholarly yet very practical book, Ms. Tumber has some very interesting perspectives, she has a previous book called American Feminism and the Birth of New Age Spirituality, Searching for the Higher Self, 1875-1915 America. All this said, much of the writing and outlook is steeped in the ol sustainability, climate change and peak oil lens, however, there’s alot of inspiring info to be ingested from her extensive research.
    blessings 🙂 Mitch

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