Outside the U.S.

Don't believe the Corbyn bashers - the economic case against public ownership is mostly fantasy

Joe Guinan and Thomas Hanna

Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer, Jeremy Corbyn is putting public ownership back on the political agenda. Joe Guinan and Thomas Hanna of the Democracy Collaborative come together to examine frequent claims that public ownership is inherently bureaucratic and inefficient.

Worker Co-ops Gain Foothold in Cuba

Delegation of cooperative leaders become acquainted with Cuba's new non-agricultural co-ops

At the end of 2012, the Cuban government approved a law that permitted for the first time the formation of non-agricultural co-ops. Read more about Worker Co-ops Gain Foothold in Cuba...


Inspired by the late management expert Peter F. Drucker’s analysis of the corrosive effects of wage inequality, Wagemark is an international wage certification for organizations that are committed to ensuring that the wage ratio between the total earnings of their highest paid employee and the average of the lowest decile of employees is no greater than 8 to 1. Organizations can register online (for a minimal fee that supports research on building a more equitable society). Obtaining a Wagemark certification demonstrates an organization’s commitment to fair wages and to operating a healthy business with transparent practices that promote long-term, sustainable growth that benefits everyone. 

Mondragón and the System Problem

Gar Alperovitz and Thomas Hanna

Democracy Collaborative co-founder Gar Alperovitz and Senior Researcher Thomas Hanna discuss the challenge of sustaining and building participatory decision-making structures and organizations within a corporate capitalist system. They note the recent bankruptcy filing of Fagor Electrodomésticos Group, the principle company of the Mondragon Corporation, as an impetus to confront the institutional incompatibilities between the free market and cooperative forms.

Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network

Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Co-operative Difference Research Network conducts research on the social, economic and environmental impact of co-operatives on Canadians and their communities. The Research Network's various projects and publications are available for public access on their website, where users can browse the available resources to learn more about the value of co-operatives and to better understand the linkages between them.

European Federation of Employee Shared Ownership (EFES)

The European Federation of Employee Shared Ownership, EFES, is an umbrella organization for employee owners, companies and all persons, trade unions, experts, researchers, institutions looking to promote employee ownership in Europe. EFES’ website provides resources, best practices, tools, and discussion forums on all things employee ownership not only in Europe, but across the globe.

The Rise of Community Wealth Building Institutions

More people are turning to economic alternatives in which new wealth is built collectively and from the bottom up

Crossposted from Policy Network, and later published on the London School of Economics website, this blog is part of a debate event hosted by Policy Network in London, UK, that was reviewed in OurKingdom by grassroots activist James Doran:    

Five years after the financial crisis economic inequality in the United States is spiraling to levels not seen since the Gilded Age. While most Americans are experiencing a recovery-less recovery, the top one per cent of earners last year claimed 19.3 per cent of household income, their largest share since 1928. Moreover, income distribution looks positively egalitarian when compared to wealth ownership.