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The University of Edinburgh are doing a short, self-paced online course on Co-operative Economics focusing on /s.

I presume we might have some interested people here?... :)

Let me know if it's any good!

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@blankideogram @jbond I think it's useful to support people like Corbyn when he's calling for re-nationalization of the railways, but I think nationalization isn't enough. It's just a first step. There needs to be a commons model where people have a real stake in the services which they're running. Something like running them as coops.

State capitalism has the same kinds of failure modes as private ownership by corporations. We need to make systems public in a way where they can't easily be enclosed and sold off later on. A bit like the fediverse. People could sell off instances, but it would be hard for anyone to sell off the fediverse as a whole because it's "owned" by so many different people.
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Interesting to see the links (perhaps only nominal...) between 's social-ecological systems and 's social ecology.

Bookchin says that environmental degradation is rooted firmly in patterns of society such as hierarchy and domination. Ostrom with SES says that in making environmental policy, we can only do so by taking into account how it will affect groups in society.

Both recognition that ecological problems can't be resolved without studying social structure.

On cornucopianism vs the Jevons paradox and the Khazzoom-Brookes postulate (love these names) - I'm not a techno-optimist, in the sense of thinking that technology will provide limitless efficiencies and allow for limitless growth, but I am optimistic that given the right societal structure it can be harnessed to bring about abundance.

Harry Potter and the Khazzoom-Brookes Postulate

"The Earth was made a common treasury for all!"

I grew up in Wigan, and sadly this part of its history was lost on me at the time.

: Harnessing Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies to empower co-operatives

2018-02-21 Wednesday

"During this event we will be discussing the potential of cryptocurrencies and Blockchain to benefit the co-operative movement and social causes, and help us move away from an exploitative economic system."

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: Race & The New Economy: STIR Magazine Winter Launch


Marginalised workers and particularly those within Black, Asian and Latino communities, are most likely to fall into precarious work and the first to be left behind by the rise of automation and the gig-economy. We’ll be asking: “Can current projects that aim to work as alternatives to neoliberalism also work for racial justice?”

One cool thing I’ve noticed listening to music on , is that it feels like I’m hearing music from more countries and languages. For whatever reason, when I use Deezer, it’s all pretty anglophone. reading group Show more

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Given the opportunity, would you be interested in becoming members of a cooperative owning and operating a literary café? If you could also add a few words of explanation, I'd very much appreciate it.

Boosts are appreciated too :)

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Hello fellow supporters. I'm currently writing a book on coops and digital and I'm looking for interesting examples of what coops can do with the help of digital, whether it is for strengthening governance, sharing knowledge about the coop model, managing members data, ... don't hesitate to get back to me, I want to give examples of best practices in the book so that it can help the coop movement as a whole

Finding 's rules for governing the commons far less radical than I was expecting (or perhaps hoping): boundaries, monitoring, policing, sanctions, fines (paid to those policing!), a judiciary. It feels like tacit acknowledgement of the commons 'tragedy' and a need for coercion, just whereas Hardin advocated it through private property or state ownership here it simply moves to the local level. Am I missing something? Does direct local participation make policing benevolent?

Quick note that if you plan to participate in the voice chat next month, poll to pick a date and time is closing tomorrow: reading group Show more

"If we want to challenge neoliberalism we need to understand in detail how neoliberal institutions work. If we wish to create an ecological and democratic economy, we need to evolve appropriate institutions. Ostrom’s critical institutionalism is an essential part of her legacy and a source of useful suggestions to radicals who wish to contribute to a more ecological, democratic, diverse and equal future." Derek Wall, Ostrom's Rules for Radicals

"Being against neoliberalism is insufficient to transform neoliberalism, movements and mobilisations have come and gone but have generally failed to sustain major change. Alternatives based on clear institutional analysis can contribute to solutions that move us beyond our current, widely criticised economic system." Derek Wall, Ostom's Rules for Radicals

Reminding me of Srnicek and Williams' points about the limits of horizontalism in Inventing the Future.