This series of videos explains what is wrong with the United States’ winner-take-all voting system. They examine ‘the Spoiler effect” endemic in a two-party system, gerrymandering, and other problems stemming from limited voting systems. They also outline several voting alternatives that lead to fairer, more representative results.
Participatory Budgeting is a process that directs a portion of a city’s (or other organization’s) budget to be spent on a project (or projects) developed and selected by the community. In New York City, in 2018, more than $40 million is being allocated in this way; a mere 0.05% of the city’s overall budget, but, as you will see in this film, an extremely important amount to the residents of one community.
This short video was shown on PBS’ program POV. It follows the residents of the Sunset Park neighborhood in Brooklyn as they bring Participatory Budgeting to their community. An inspiring story!
Take a look at the Kate Raworth video post to learn more about
a model that includes the living Earth, our “natural resource” in the economic equation.
Startling and innovative
Kate proposes a radial approach to implementing a regenerative, distributive economic alternative to the endless growth paradigm of Capitalism. How do we create a “steady state”, resilient economy that provides for the needs of all people while honoring the living environment?
Here’s Kate Raworth’s ideas….
There is much creative thinking and doing in the development of alternatives to the current economic model of predatory Capitalism. The notions of growth and development without limits has come face-to-face with reality….THERE ARE LIMITS.
Many new and exciting experiments are in progress around the world, using bleeding-edge technology, to IMPLEMENT THE ALTERNATIVE to economics as usual. Worker-owned and democratically-led cooperatives, global villages, crypto-currencies, Blockchain technology all are being employed to revamp how we think about money, how we organize work, and what we value. Truly, we are seeing a real revolution in the making.
This past summer, we attended the Democracy Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was a busy and interesting 4 days of workshops, lectures, and presentations on a wide range of issues and topics; from peace studies to monetary policy, human rights to a discussion of the viability of blockchain technology.
The event is organized by the Liberty Tree Foundation and this was their third such convention. This conference included such well-known participants as Gar Alperovitz, Dr. Jill Stein, David Cobb, Jacqui Patterson, Medea Benjamin, and many others.
Many of the topics discussed at the convention relate directly or indirectly to issues we here at The Center have been involved with since our founding. We hope you find the insights, stories, information, and resources we share here interesting and useful.