Goal: to start creating independent industrial sector, adding sustainable technology and solidarity economy to anarchist governance.
Tool: building long-term manufacturing, service and R&D facility, run by an experimental technological collective.
Opportunity: the need and resources available to provide goods and services to refugee and migrant communities in Europe. Continue reading Towards New Industrial Revolution
a different kind of cooperative
If one happened to see a cooperative around today (not a very widespread species), it is most probably a workers’ of farmers’ one. This type is predominant now and sets the standards in public thinking.
Workers’ Coop peculiarities
Workers’ (or employees’) cooperative emerged as a way to counterbalance capitalism. As a logical extension of the concept of guilds, when artisans became workers and the owners (and, later, financial investors) took the power. As such, this kind of cooperative is focused on (and limited to) the workplace area. Its goal is to change the internal governance of the company, so the actual employees have dominant voice in management. It takes away (or redistributes evenly) the power of ownership, be it direct or through financial investment, and transfers it to those who are directly involved in the work process. In context of the most generic definition (A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.), the primary need this type of cooperative caters for is employment, and the way to fulfill it is self-management. Continue reading More like a village
Towards a network of support for ex-refugees and their hosting communities
It is not about what they did to you. It is about what you did with what they did to you.
Looking ahead, I see a great opportunity for European communities. The influx of refugees not only brought a lot of business to economies involved and released a lot of social energy (which hopefully will be later available to deal with other problems). It also forced large part of population out of their comfort zones, giving an opening for new thinking and new social practices.
In this text I will try to outline a concept of international network to support the process of integration of migrants in the places they stay and live for longer. Neither the newcomers nor the hosting community are involved in it by choice – this is essential. But they (we) are involved anyway. And still we have enough margin within the confines imposed by „powers that be” to make the best out of it – best for us all. Continue reading The Settlers
creating space for economic disobedience
Continue reading The Seed
The all-win scenario
This year brought to global attention two processes, simmering for years already. The so-called „Greek debt crisis” and „Syrian refugees crisis”.
I have been watching them closely for months, since I arrived to Greece. I keep expressing my views on them every once a while, so again, this is not the main story for today. Today, let me tell you a story about resurrection. Continue reading Greeks, refugees and a cooperative resurrection
Towards a solidarity economy investment fund
This text as a PDF: The-Octagon
This document outlines a structure and certain processes of an investment fund, dedicated for the solidarity economy area.
The model fund, called „The Octagon”, will be an intermediary between the realm of solidarity economy and the external entities, at the inter-community level.
The main role of The Octagon is to mediate between solidarity and non-solidarity entities, providing flow of funds to the solidarity sector and non-financial benefits to the external stakeholders. It will also play a role of a firewall, separating solidarity entities from the pressure put by non-solidarity environment.
The whole system will be based upon principles of solidarity economy, open technologies and cooperative movement. Continue reading The Octagon