Outside the U.S.

Most people are easier to imagine the destruction of the world than the end of capitalism

Mette Rodgers
Information
Mette Rodgers writing for Information Magazine, in Denmark, about the exploration of alternatives to capitalism through the Democracy Collaborative's Next System Project. She interviews Ted Howard about the community wealth building and the ideas being put forth by the Democracy Collaborative: 

"The matter is that if 'our side' actually won the power tomorrow, then we would have no idea what to put up with it. There is still no articulated political program yet, "he says, pointing out that change can take time, but it can also come very suddenly.

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6 Steps to Build Community Wealth

Anna Birley

This new guide, published by the UK’s Co-Operative Party, outlines the steps needed to develop a community wealth building ecosystem. Aimed at local officials and public-sector institutions, the guide provides information on these steps, from developing leadership to shifting procurement, a background on community wealth building, a case study of this approach in Preston, England, and recommendations for actions localities can take. 

6 steps to build community wealth

Coop party
Coop Party

Based off the work of the Democracy Collaborative the Coop Party in England releases 6 steps to build community wealth 

Using what we already have to generate local economic growth co-operatively

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Ted Howard Speech at Labour New Economics Conference

Ted Howard, co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative in the USA, gives a speech at Labour's New Economics Conference in Newcastle...watch the video  Read more about Ted Howard Speech at Labour New Economics Conference...

Social Solidarity Economy and Related Concepts

Yvon Poirier
Origins and DefinitionsAInternational Perspective

Measuring Impact and Non-financial Returns in Impact Investing: A Critical Overview of Concepts and Practice

Neil Reeder and Andrea Colantonio

This paper draws on a range of relevant literature as well as the authors’ previous practical experience to provide a preliminary overview of underlying concepts. Further it begins to cast a critical eye on the roles and responsibilities within measurement, making more explicit the subjective interpretation of social and environmental return (SER) by investors, and the clash of suppositions taken from other older measurement traditions. In doing so, the paper investigates some of the tensions around breadth of coverage, participation and objectivity, rigour and flexibility, attribution of impact, and the very concept of ‘a return’ itself which currently surround practical measurement. 

In this context, the paper shows how measurement does not yet appear to have found a pragmatic, participative, systematic way forward, and concludes by identifying key research areas that need to be addressed to advance knowledge in this field. Further empirical data collection and analysis will be undertaken in a subsequent series of papers to be published. 

New Co-operativism and the FairShares Model

Rory Ridley-Duff
STIR Magazine

In this article, Rory Ridley-Duff discusses the differences between ‘old co-operativism’ and ‘new co-operativism’ and the position of the FairShares Model as part of the latter. The provisions for solidarity between multiple stakeholders make the FairShares Model one of very few Anglo-American approaches to the development of solidarity co-operatives. Reproduced from Issue 7 of STIR Magazine in 2014. 

The Inclusiveness Index 2016

Stephen Menendian, Elsadig Elsheikh and Samir Gambhir

The majority of comparative metrics assessing the well-being of people in countries omit social cleavages—such as gender and ethnicity—that influence experiences of marginalization and exclusion. To identify policies and interventions that promote inclusivity and equity, the Haas Institute has developed the “Inclusiveness Index.” This new paper explains the development of the Index, which is based on factors such as outgroup violence, political representation, income inequality, and rates of incarceration. Based on these metrics, the US is ranked as having low inclusivity globally. The authors then apply the index to the US internally, noting the geographic concentration of incarceration, persistent income inequality, and discriminatory laws.

Don't believe the Corbyn bashers - the economic case against public ownership is mostly fantasy

Joe Guinan and Thomas Hanna

Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer, Jeremy Corbyn is putting public ownership back on the political agenda. Joe Guinan and Thomas Hanna of the Democracy Collaborative come together to examine frequent claims that public ownership is inherently bureaucratic and inefficient.