Gar Alperovitz is one of a a growing number of thinkers specifying exactly what a new economy could look like. Here are his ten steps to democratizing the economy, from Shareable:
- Put your money in a credit union, and participate in its governance.
- Help build a worker co-op or encourage interested businesses to transition to employee ownership and adopt social and environmental standards as part of their missions. (hello, Groundswell!)
- Organize your community so that local government spending is determined by inclusive neighborhood deliberations on key priorities (participatory budgeting)
- Make nonprofit institutions like universities and hospitals use their resources to fight poverty, unemployment, and global warming. (hello, divestment campaigns!)
- Build community power through economic development and community land trusts.
- Organize to use public finances for community development. (i.e. make local governments invest locally).
- Get your workplace to offer more retirement-plan opportunities for responsible investment.
- Democratize energy production to create a green economy - Get involved in public and cooperative utilities to fight climate change.
- Get your religious organization to move its money to a local financial institution involved in community development.
- Fight unemployment by joining the fight against work = seek out opportunities for work sharing.
That's a daunting list of tasks, and an inspiring list of opportunities. Nobody needs to be directly involved in all ten - pick something local that you can start with, and you'll soon be part of a vast global community that is both envisioning and building the new, more democratic economy.