New Economy Roundup: How to Dismantle Class Privilege in Our Movements, Power to the People In Barcelona, & Activating the Urban Commons
07/04/2018 - 2:49pm
This week, we’re talking about class and the new economy, bringing municipal power to the people in Barcelona, and activating the urban commons via Sharing Cities. Scroll down for the jobs and events board!
Stories From the Field
Respect the Hustle: “Women like me aren’t supposed to run for office.” In a stunning upset that ignited the New York and national political worlds, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez - a Latinx Bronx-born community organizer and member of the Democratic Socialists of America - defeated Representative Joseph Crowley, a 19-year incumbent who had not faced a primary challenger in 14 years. Learn about her victory from the New York Times.
Cooperatives Unleashed: A new report from the New Economics Foundation explores an increase in worker cooperatives: “It’s clear that the impact of a significantly larger co-operative sector can ‘ripple out’, helping to transform the economy as a whole.” Read the Co-operative Party’s commissioned report.
Class And The New Economy: “Dismantling class privilege is a complex and ongoing process, and we as an organization don’t have it all figured out either. We are glad that Commonbound invited us to offer this workshop and look forward to continuing to work with NEC and other member organizations on centering class in the work to build a new economy, so that we don’t recreate classism in the alternatives we are trying to create.” Read Resource Generation’s reflections from #CommonBound.
The Crisis Next Time: During the next financial crisis, a robust policy response can and should convert failed banks to permanent public ownership, rather than merely using public money to make corporate America whole again. NEC members, Democracy Collaborative, make the persuasive case for a "shock doctrine of the left" approach to the next financial crisis. Read the new report.
Solidarity Economies Abroad
Care Economy in India: UN Women notes that across 31 countries in the Global South, less than 1% of women living in poverty have access to childcare services. By listening to its members, this women-led Indian union pioneered community-led childcare for working mothers in the informal economy. Learn more from Apolitical.
Japan Cooperative Alliance: In Japan, cooperatives number over 65 million members (almost half of the total population); account for 1/2 of the total sold output from Japan's farming, forestry, and fisheries industries; and provide insurance and banking services for 1/4 of the population. Read about the Japan Cooperative Alliance.
Barcelona Public Energy Company: Barcelona Energia, a new public electricity distributor, became active on July 1st and intents to play an active role in the energy market, making it fairer, more efficient and sustainable. Read about this public victory.
Reflections from CommonBound
Couldn’t make it to our biennial conference CommonBound last month in St. Louis? Don’t worry! NEC captured social media coverage of the conference for you. Catch up on all you missed by checking out our story on Wakelet. Follow NEC on Facebook and Twitter for links to CommonBound photos - stay tuned!
Sharing Cities Book Release
"Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons" showcases over a hundred sharing-related case studies and model policies from more than 80 cities in 35 countries. It witnesses a growing global movement and serves as a practical reference guide for community-based solutions to urgent challenges faced by cities everywhere. This NEC member book is a call to action meant to inspire readers, raise awareness, and strengthen the sharing movement worldwide. "Sharing Cities" shows that not only is another world possible — but that much of it is already here.
This webinar will focus on how the higher ed sector has been engaging with government, businesses, and the community to lead on climate. Topics we will discuss include the America’s Pledge and We Are Still In movement one year later, the University Climate Change Coalition’s mission and method of using it’s place-based institutional strengths to drive climate solutions, and a presentation of innovate action from campus resilience assessments completed across the US. (Online, July 10th)
Do you have questions about the Muslim Ban? Your rights as an immigrant? Interacting with police or ICE? Join Project South and Women Watch Afrika for the "Know & Defend Your Rights!" presentation and discussion. All are welcome. (Clarkston, GA, July 12th)
To better participate with others in facing opportunities and challenges within our organizations, we can learn how to be better strategic thinkers. Strategic thinking is a process that allows us to think about, evaluate, perceive, and design the futures of our organizations and ourselves within them. How well strategic thinking is practiced at every level of our organizations can be the difference between arriving at the future imagined or the future imposed. (Philadelphia, July 25th)
Center for Popular Economics' Summer Institute is a residential, week-long intensive training in economics for activists, educators, media makers, and anyone who wants a better understanding of how the economy works. This year’s institute will offer economic tools and analysis to understand the vital challenges of our time like climate change and the racial wealth gap. We will discuss such topics as “free” trade agreements and international finance, corporate power, economic and military imperialism, and global environmental justice. (Amherst, MA, July 29 - August 5)
Worker cooperators, unions, developers, allies, funders, investors, and visionaries — join us in Los Angeles! This three day conference in Los Angeles, California will make space for connection, education, skill-building, and sharing, for worker-owners and our partners working to create better jobs and a fairer economy. (Los Angeles, Sept 14-16)
The Institute for Social Justice Leaders is an annual two-day, introductory training for people interested in the intersection of social justice and finance. By combining presentations, group activities/discussion, and personal reflection with the wisdom of participants and invited speakers, the Institute curates a shared learning environment that is unique for a finance-focused training. (New York City, Sept 21-22)