this post originally appeared in Stir Magazine [https://www.stirtoaction.com/magazine] illustration by Daksheeta Pattni [https://www.daksheetapattni.com/] In 2002 I described United Diversity [https://uniteddiversity.coop] as “a member owned and stakeholder governed network of mutual advantage.” In truth, it was aspirational. At the time, the flexible
This great new documentary, featuring Mondragon [https://uniteddiversity.coop/2013/07/31/the-mondragon-co-operative-corporation/] and other co-operative [https://uniteddiversity.coop/category/cooperative/] inspirations shows how it is not just financial co-operatives who are more resilient to crisis [https://uniteddiversity.coop/2013/07/30/financial-co-operatives-a-safe-bet-in-a-crisis/] , but all co-ops. The examples are from
Back in May 2003 we started a wiki to ‘discuss monetary reform and democracy [https://web.archive.org/web/20030613112808/https://wiki.uniteddiversity.com/uniteddiversity] ‘, and I just posted Positive Money’s Banking 101 video course [https://uniteddiversity.coop/2013/08/01/banking-101-how-money-and-banking-actually-works/] , probably the best introduction to how money
This great little collection of videos is the clearest and most authoritative introduction to exactly how the monetary and banking system in the UK actually works. It is based on the excellent book ‘Where Does Money Come From [https://www.neweconomics.org/publications/entry/where-does-money-come-from]?’ published by the Positive Money
We’ll never have a peaceful, just and sustainable world (or, as Charles Eisenstein [https://charleseisenstein.net/] says ‘the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible [https://vimeo.com/66550562]‘) whilst the land that sustains us all is owned and controlled by a tiny minority of the population. We
The Mondragón Corporation [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mondragon_Corporation] is an inspiration. The largest cooperative [https://uniteddiversity.coop/category/cooperative/] in the world, they are a federated network of over 250 co-operative businesses who together are the seventh biggest group in Spain. They employ over 80,000 people, have
The WIR Bank [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WIR_Bank] in Switzerland has been successfully running for over 60 years. It was started in the 1930s in response to the great economic crises of the time. Studies have shown [https://library.uniteddiversity.coop/Money_and_Economics/Community_Currencies/WIR] that
The Co-opreative News [https://www.thenews.coop/] has reported [https://www.thenews.coop/article/financial-co-operatives-safe-bet-crisis] news about a study by the International Labour Organization [https://www.ilo.org/] calledResilience in a downturn: The power of financial cooperatives [https://www.ilo.org/empent/Publications/WCMS_207768/lang--en/index.htm]. You can
I’ve posted this excellent talk by Janelle Orsi [https://janelleorsi.com/] from the brilliant Sustainable Economies Law Center [https://www.theselc.org/] a few times over on our facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/uniteddiversity]. The whole presentation is well worth watching, but I particularly like it when she
This is one of the best documentaries about Community Supported Agriculture, Community Land Trusts and Community Currencies. > COMING HOME: E.F. Schumacher and the Reinvention of the Local Economy, is a new 37 minute film that tells the story of a series of revolutionary innovations by the community of Great
The last version of this film we posted [/must-see-film-inside-job-with-spanish-subtitles/] has since been removed so here it is again (this time with Greek subtitles). It is an important film well worth watching. You can also watch (and download) it on vimeo [https://vimeo.com/23086688], or download it via bittorrent [https:
The Money Fix [https://www.themoneyfix.org/], another must see documentary about money and the banking system. > “Money is at the intersection of nearly every aspect of modern life. Most of us take the monetary system for granted, but it has a profound and largely misunderstood influence on our lives.
NOTE: I’ve had a series [https://uniteddiversity.com/email-to-toby-hemenway-re-piracy/#comment-2996] of increasingly [https://uniteddiversity.com/email-to-toby-hemenway-re-piracy/#comment-3007] great [https://uniteddiversity.com/email-to-toby-hemenway-re-piracy/#comment-3030] responses [https://uniteddiversity.com/email-to-toby-hemenway-re-piracy/#comment-3033] from Toby – please see the comments Toby Hemenway [https://patternliteracy.com/], a leading permaculture author sent me a message w
Last night I attended a gathering of merchants, service providers and others who support local independent businesses in our town. It was a festive affair of about three dozen featuring a pot luck dinner, good conversation, and a few announcements about the emerging organization. From both a personal and professional
Sarkozy proposes measuring happiness. I’m starting to think that French President Sarkozy is a Sightline fan. Last week it was a killer carbon tax [https://www.worldchanging.com/resolveuid/c02e6bca6e3a3ec7631b2bb1214b8f48] proposal; now it’s something else near and dear to our hearts: a national measure of happiness [https://www.
The official unveiling of the exquisitely designed Stroud Pound will take place on Threadneedle Street, outside the offices of the Stroud Valleys Project and opposite Stroud’s very own Old Lady (Teashop) on Saturday 12th September at 10 am. Four denominations of Stroud Pound vouchers will then be available to