ORGANIZE! PRODUCE! SHARE!
How do we combine work with an income? We have to do it ourselves. The BIG BOSS isn’t going to do it for us. The actually existing capitalist system serves the needs of about 10% of the world’s populations. What are we the 90% supposed to do? Since our inception, the Center for Global Justice has proposed self-help organizing of worker-owned, worker-controlled workplaces. Some use the phrase “Economic Democracy” to describe an economy based on worker and/or social ownership of what is necessary for production and the democratic decision-making of all decisions that go into organizing an economy. Others use the phrase “self-management” for worker/socially owned workplaces and democratic control of workplaces. We use the phrase “cooperatives” as a short version of self-managed economic democracy.
The Data Commons Cooperative is a movement-building organization, owned and controlled by cooperative development centers, federations, solidarity economy groups, and others, who want to maintain robust, accurate, useful platforms for sharing information. The cooperative gathers information and creates tools that make it easy for members to access each others’ data, and broadcast information to the public.
This is a collaborative directory, a “Stone Soup” that brings together multiple databases from groups working on alternative economies under many names: the new economy, the cooperative economy, the solidarity economy, and more.
NEW ECONOMY WEBSITES
The goal of the Democracy Collaborative is to change the prevailing paradigm of community economic development–and of the economy as a whole—in the United States toward a new emphasis and system based on:
- Broadening ownership and stewardship over capital
- Democracy at the workplace
- Stabilizing community and emphasizing locality
- Equitable and inclusive growth
- Environmental, social, and institutional sustainability
Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO) is a decentralized collective of educators, researchers and grassroots activists working to promote an economy based on democratic participation, worker and community ownership, social and economic justice, and ecological sustainability--a "solidarity economy"--through grassroots journalism, organizing support, cross-sector networking and movement-building and the publication of educational and organizational resources.
This site is intended to serve as a living archive, reporting on research and ongoing developments related to the Pluralist Commonwealth, its economic, cultural and political theory, and its specific elements as they evolve.
Resources for democratic, community-based economic development
(formerly New Economy Institute)
Faced with interconnected ecological and economic crises, we believe that shared prosperity, sustainability and an equitable society require deep, systemic changes to both our economy and our politics.