Owning Our Future The Emerging Ownership Revolution
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Description: All of the current attempts to address the economic collapse are overlooking an essential factor: ownership. So long as businesses are set up to focus exclusively on maximizing monetary returns per quarter for a narrow group of individuals the economy will be subject to crippling boom-and-bust cycles. But now people are experimenting with new forms of enterprise ownership--we are in the midst of the most creative period of economic innovation since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. Marjorie Kelly calls these new forms generative: life-serving, aimed at creating the conditions for life for many generations to come. They are in contrast to the dominant ownership designs of today, which can be called extractive: aimed at extracting maximum short-term financial wealth. Kelly reports on emerging ownership alternatives fro all over the world, visiting a community-owned wind facility in Massachusetts, a lobster cooperative in Maine, a multi-billion-dollar employee-owned firm in London, a foundation-owned pharmaceutical in Denmark, a farmer-owned dairy in Wisconsin, and other places where an economy that works for all is being built. This is not a moment for old solutions and tired approaches. As we enter a new era of limits, alternative ownership designs can help it become a new era of fairness, sustainability, and community.
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Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/1/2012
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
|Prologue: The Journey Ahead|
|The Overbuilt House of Claims: Extractive Ownership as the Cause of Financial Collapse|
|Debt, Inc.: Extractive Design|
|The Community Bank: Generative Design|
|Wall Street: Capital Markets on Autopilot|
|Overload: The Expanding House of Claims|
|Collapse: The Eroding Middle-Class Base|
|Returning to Earth: Ecological Values as the Seedbed of a Generative Economy|
|Walking Up: From Maximizing Profits to Sustaining Life|
|The Island: From Growth to Sufficiency|
|Bringing Forth a World: From Individualism to Community|
|Creating Living Companies: The Five Core Elements of Generative Ownership Design|
|Living Purpose: Creating the Conditions for Life|
|Rooted Membership: Ownership in Living Hands|
|Mission-Controlled Governance: Humans at the Helm|
|Stakeholder Finance: Capital as Friend|
|Ethical Networks: Reinforcing Shared Values|
|About the Author|