Creating a world where workers thrive

Good work is key to a shared economy In the new normal, no one must sacrifice personally in order to do purposeful work that is meaningful to them. Community leaders, activists, makers and healers are all justly compensated for their time and talent. I do not have to leave my community or sacrifice my idealsContinue reading “Creating a world where workers thrive”

Creating a world where workers thrive

Good work is key to a shared economy In the new normal, no one must sacrifice personally in order to do purposeful work that is meaningful to them. Community leaders, activists, makers and healers are all justly compensated for their time and talent. I do not have to leave my community or sacrifice my idealsContinue reading “Creating a world where workers thrive”

Normal depends on where you sit…

WEEK 3 “Without order, nothing exists. Without chaos, nothing evolves.” A lyricfrom one a hip-hop group called Jedi Mind Tricks, never popular or mainstream,but part of an underground movement in the late 90’s, that has lasting impacton the underground scene today. Do yourself a favor and check them out if you have a streaming serviceContinue reading “Normal depends on where you sit…”

Can shared ownership #KeepPeopleInTheirHomes?

Hi, everyone. I was inspired after yesterday’s group conversation to record my post this week, rather than write it. Thank you for watching. Credit unions have the power to act, to make emergency loans (with our money!) to keep people in their homes and forestall an eviction and foreclosure crisis. We have the power toContinue reading “Can shared ownership #KeepPeopleInTheirHomes?”

We escaped the trap! how we took back our power with mutual aid and I feel alot better now

Now I get to wake up each morning without gnawing anxiety about the next act of humans driving ourselves towards extinction or enacting brutal violence and genocide on each other.  My friends and I have children and families and live out the joy of life with a sense that we are in a beautiful unfoldingContinue reading “We escaped the trap! how we took back our power with mutual aid and I feel alot better now”

The inherent “goodness” of power

“When people lack a critical understanding of their reality, apprehending it in fragments which they do not perceive as interacting constituent elements of the whole, they cannot truly know that reality.” Paule Freire – Pedagogy of the Oppressed I think of power in a similar vein as I perceive energy. Power can neither be createdContinue reading “The inherent “goodness” of power”

The Fed’s Superpowers

(updated 8/18/2020 9:40am PT) How can we Structure the Financial System to be Compatible with a Shared Ownership Economy? (Part 3) Part Three – The Fed’s Superpowers The Federal Reserve is an interesting beast. It is the key player of the money and banking system – it can issue the national currency, it facilitates theContinue reading “The Fed’s Superpowers”

Status Quo Warriors

The 2020 Uprising has challenged all of us to inspect the ways our complicity has reinforced systems of oppression. By diagramming the public sector resource exchange within the familiar framework of market forces, we can see how the public sector design reinforces and enables systemic exploitation. I identify potential leverage points within this framework whereContinue reading “Status Quo Warriors”

Navigating Conflicts for Harmony

Several years ago I came across a business guru by the name of Eli Goldratt (an eccentric guy), who started a movement called theory of constraints.  One of Goldratt’s key insights was that most problems stem from what he calls conflicts.  He means something specific when he says conflict, namely: two competing needs that areContinue reading “Navigating Conflicts for Harmony”

When creating something new – can we actually imagine new rules?

I shared last week about my family’s ways of being around money – giving circles and communal economics. What I didn’t share about is their relationship to power. I would describe my parents as having a “keep your head down” attitude; the image that has always stayed in my head is a high school footballContinue reading “When creating something new – can we actually imagine new rules?”

The Power in Me is the Power in We

My first memory of exposure to mobilizing power on a large scale was not during a social studies class. And Dr. Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi didn’t make their way into my awareness as community power builders and power shifters until my later years of school. I recall first learning about power and itsContinue reading “The Power in Me is the Power in We”

Can someone gain power without someone else giving it up?

Being in a small rural town I feel that power remains with two groups – individuals and institutions. If you are an individual you derive your power from money. If you are an institution you derive your power from control of decision making – around resources, assets, rules, etc. For example, our downtown is changing,Continue reading “Can someone gain power without someone else giving it up?”

The Sacred Cows of Capitalism

I am starting to see that racism and capitalism are bedfellows. The accrued wealth and power of white individuals, businesses, neighborhoods, communities, institutions, and even nation-states, cannot be separated from capitalism’s mechanisms of accruing wealth and power that developed in tandem with racism and inequity. I’m mostly speaking about the United States, with its uniqueContinue reading “The Sacred Cows of Capitalism”

Unlearning Fear and Doughnuts for All!

“Unlearning” is hard. In my experience unlearning something false is much harder than learning something new and true. A Private Universe (https://vimeo.com/113349804) is a documentary about science education, paradigm shifts, the power of what we first learn about a topic, the power of images and mental models, and how hard it is to unlearn or unsee something once weContinue reading “Unlearning Fear and Doughnuts for All!”

The One with Phenomenal Cosmic Power is … Stan

Once you start delving into Catholic Social Teaching, you’re bound to be inspired before too long. Whether or not you are a believer in the faith, there is some good, good stuff in there. (I grew up in the faith of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, and even I often feel envious of the ways CatholicismContinue reading “The One with Phenomenal Cosmic Power is … Stan”

Pieces of a Social Medicine Power Map

Goals? The goal is not to provide people on the margins a seat at the table. The goal is to move the table of power from the margins (currently called the center) to the center (currently called the margins). Power and Participation If power is the ability to act, its relationship to direct participation isContinue reading “Pieces of a Social Medicine Power Map”