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  Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions         April 2012 

The Importance of Being Sassy
Dollar Bill photo courtesy of Occupy George
How Occupiers, pranksters, and artists speak louder than money.

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California’s New Triple Bottom Line
Benefit Corp photo by Debra Baida
Best in the world? Try best FOR the world. The Golden State welcomes a new kind of corporation.

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George Siemon. Photo courtesy of Organic Valley Can There Be “Good” Corporations?
by Marjorie Kelly

When companies are owned by workers and the community—instead of Wall Street financiers—everything changes.

Our economic system is profoundly broken. To anyone paying attention, that much is clear. But what’s less clear is this: Our approach to fixing the economy is broken as well. The whole notion of “fighting corporate power” arises from an underlying belief that there is no alternative to capitalism as we know it. Starting from the insight that capitalism has become virtually a universal economy, we conclude that our best hope is to regulate corporations and work for countervailing powers like unions. But then we’ve lost before we begin. We’ve defined ourselves as marginal and powerless.

There is another approach. It’s bubbling up all around us in the form of economic alternatives like cooperatives, employee-owned firms, social enterprises, and community land trusts.


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  Make Your Dollars Matter  

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Money Laundry Line
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Dollar photo by Derek and Kristi

Watch Us Move Our Millions
Cities, churches, and colleges take steps to move their money home.
8 Ways to De-Corporatize Your Money
Debit or credit? Keep your dollars out of corporate clutches.
A Separation of Church and Bank
Video: After Bank of America foreclosed on thousands of homes in their San Jose parish, the members of this Catholic church bid it goodbye—and took $3 million with them.
5 Ways to Make Your Dollars Make Sense
Concerned about Wall Street’s devastating impact on communities? Then invest in yourself—the most local investment of all.
  Also in the Spring 2012 Issue …  
Eco-Mind Illustration

Free Your (Eco)Mind
Think like an ecosystem—and you just might save the world.

The view that our species is basically brutal defies the evidence: “There is a very tiny handful of incidences of conflict and possible warfare before 10,000 years ago,” says archaeologist Jonathan Haas of the Field Museum in Chicago, “and those are very much the exception.” Our species has a vastly longer experience evolving in close-knit communities, knowing our lives depended on one another. The result is at least six inherent traits we can foster, once we learn to navigate the world with the map of eco-mind.
  1. Cooperation
  2. Empathy
  3. Fairness
  4. Efficacy
  5. Meaning
  6. Imagination, Creativity, and Attraction to Change
  7. Efficacy
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ALEC Retreats, Sort Of
by Brooke Jarvis

Following activist pressure and corporate defections, ALEC says it’s dropping its Stand Your Ground and voter ID efforts. So what comes next?
Practical Compassion: An Interview with Karen Armstrong
by Heidi Bruce

The historian has helped world religions unite behind a single principle. But can a worldwide charter for compassion become more than just a nice idea?
A May Day Like No Other
by Nathan Schneider

What to expect from Occupy’s next big action.
Radical Homemaking ... In the South of France?
by Shannon Hayes

Do radical homemaking and foreign travel mix?
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YES! Email Newsletter archive Highlights from the last newsletter:

:: Boulder Votes to Free Its Electric Company
Running their own utility means sun and wind energy instead of coal.

:: A People’s History of Robin Hood
For hundreds of years, he’s fought tax injustice, tyranny, and the seizure of the commons. Why we still need him today.

:: 4 Ways to Flex Our Electoral Muscles
What we can do right now to strengthen our democracy.

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