In Search of Teams, Spaces

Project Post #1: My Economy Story

Part I:

  • My inheritance has consisted partly, I think, of my father’s amiability, his knack for politics, and for connecting with people, traits he used as a small town politician (elected to the Texas state legislature twice). I suppose another part is that my sisters and I grew up happily lower middle-class, without ever realizing that, and thus never felt the compulsion that kept some friends always dissatisfied with their lives.
  • My work today seems to be about connecting people with various projects in hopes that we will collaborate toward some successful outcome. This work tends to be longer-term and cumulative in effect–rarely does it produce quick victories. I think this is because simply introducing two people is only the first step toward building a team.
  • A mix of Facebook, local coffee shops, and some community spaces in nearby towns.
  • Our non-profit hosts periodic workshops which are intended to be a kind of public space for discussions of community. They are an inadequate substitution for face-to-face public encounter, of course, which is where the real work can occur.
  • I want to collaborate on spaces where local communities can rediscover their own strengths and skills in order to build liberatory organizations and institutions.

Part II:

  1. I’m only aware of the Ayni Institute’s movement ecology.
  2. The combination of alternatives and changing institutions used by the Just Transition Framework is interesting: I think it’s probably an application of the idea of “dual power”, where we build new models of self-governance alongside a reformist advocacy for conventional governance.
  3. The inclusion of personal transformation is a reminder of the many motives people have in movement work–including the motive of changing themselves.
  4. I would cite the Polish Solidarity movement of the 1980s, the largest and most effective non-violent uprising in modern history. It was the first domino in bringing down the world’s largest military power and its emphasis on the dignity of the human being and the worker remain critical today.

Published by eliascrim

Founding editor/publisher at Solidarity Hall ( and editor of Ownership Matters newsletter (

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