In this week’s roundup we’re talking about building new models-- from Standing Rock’s eco-village to ethical banking in Croatia.
We’re also gearing up for the year ahead; In the events section you’ll find the Department of Art and Culture’s call for a People’s State of the Union. Take a look and let us know what you’re planning for January!
Stories From the Field
TightShift: In Washington, DC, TightShift Laboring Cooperative became the city's first worker co-op primarily made up of formerly incarcerated and at-risk workers. “My understanding of a co-op is it’s bigger than a business,” says co-founder Juan Reid. “We’re doing a service to support ourselves, but it’s not about money.” Read about it here.
#BuildWithStandingRock: The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Indigenous Environmental Network are building a model Sustainable Indigenous Eco Village on Tribal lands. The eco-village will fuse tradition and modern technology like solar panels to create a “celebrating an economy and way of living that is dramatically less dependent on fossil fuels.” Support and keep up with the eco-village here.
Participatory Budgeting: Greensboro, North Carolina, is the first Southern city to give citizens direct control over a slice of public spending. This year, their efforts lead to new tech for the Transit Authority. Read about their efforts and the growing movement.
Solidarity Economies Abroad
Lessons from Spain: Moving into the new year, activists are wondering not only how to fight back against Trump, but also how to harness the momentum of Bernie Sanders’ primary run to fight for the change. As we consider potential strategies going forward, a look at Spain’s network of rebel cities might offer some insights.
Ethical banking: In an interview with a lead developer of ebanka, an ethical bank project launching in Croatia, The Next System talks about building the institutions of an ethical and sustainable financial system.
City as Commons: In Barcelona, a city run by a political party committed to building cooperatives and open digital networks, backroom politics and capitalism present difficulties to building out the city as a commons. Read about how they’re tackling these issues here
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-- Julia Ho, founder of Solidarity Economy St. Louis
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Shift the Culture:
- Beats, Rhymes and Laughs: Culture As a Tool for Racial Justice
- 16 Artists Who Made Sure Black Lives Mattered at Art Basel Miami Beach
- “Grow Food” The Best Rap Out There About Slow Food
- Free Cash In Finland. Must Be Jobless
- Fossil Fuel Divestment Funds Double To $5 Trillion in A Year
- These Are The Fierce Activists Leading The Women’s March On Washington
- How to Find and Support Trustworthy Journalism
- What the fuck we can do about Aleppo? A starter guide.
- Future Detroit Food Hall Could Keep $107M From Leaving the Neighborhood
- Historic CEO Pay Tax Proposal Passes in Portland
- Small Town Votes In Community Bill of Rights to Ban Fracking
- Mayors could override Trump on the Paris climate accord — here's how
- How Indigenous Activists In Norway Got The First Bank To Pull Out Of The Dakota Access Pipeline
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Community Organizer, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, Gloucester, MA.
The People's State of the Union is an annual civic ritual and participatory art project rooted in the truth that democracy is a conversation, not a monologue. Any individual or organization can sign up to host a Story Circle event, bringing people together to share first-person stories reflecting on the state of our union, deepening relationships, finding strategic paths forward, and inspiring the Poetic Address to the Nation. (National January 27- February 5, 2017)
A lecture series by Lance Bennett, University of Washington Professor of Political Science & Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor of Communication on the coming realignment of environment, economy, and democracy. (Seattle, WA, January 17, 2017)
The USA Cooperative Youth Council is hosting a national gathering in Hampton, GA. It's a space for people ages 17-30 and allies to connect, & build skills in organizing and coop development. (Hampton, GA January 27-29, 2017)