In this chapter of Credo, Brian Davey describes how co-operatives employ more people than multinationals and provide services to 3 billion people weekly. They also tend to last longer than other forms of enterprise. While not perfect, their existence is a clear challenge to authoritarianism and they have been considered a dangerous threat by dictators over the past century.
"Ordinary history had an idle elite dependent on the rest. The brief oil perversity has the rest dependent on an idle elite" writes Patrick Noble in this extract from his book, Towards a Convivial Economy. "We can evacuate most of what the oil enclosure provides and begin step by step to make things and grow things without oil."
In this chapter from Credo, Brian Davey argues that the role of the entrepreneur changes over time and that, at their most powerful, they seek to co-opt officials and politicians for their agendas. Management can be exercised through over centralised control freakery or via distributed decision-making systems. Many entrepreneurs and managers are psychopaths, and criminals are entrepreneurs too. In the modern world, control fraud i.e. looting your own company is not uncommon.
The world’s first conference on world basic income will be held in Manchester (UK) on 4th February 2017. The event will explore a new practical solution to global inequality and poverty. Feasta’s Caroline Whyte, who is involved in the CapGlobalCarbon campaign, will be on a conference panel discussing practicalities.
The organisers write:
“To find out more about the proposal for worldwide basic income, please see WBI’s website at www.worldbasicincome.org.uk.
With speakers from a wide range of disciplines and organisations including The Guardian, BIEN, Share The World’s Resources, CapGlobalCarbon, Manchester Migrant Solidarity, national basic income movements, political parties and universities, the …
Feasta's new Water Commoning Group aims to extend the debate about water policy in Ireland and to establish water commoning as something worthy of serious and critical consideration.
Feasta member Sadhbh O’Neill attended the second week of COP-22 in Marrakesh. You can read her thoughts about it here .…