Owning Our Future

Owning Our Future

The Emerging Ownership Revolution

Book - 2012
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Offers examples of new and alternative forms of business ownership from around the world that are aimed at transforming existing models, which are largely based on maximizing financial income for the few.

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Building an Economy That Works for All

As long as businesses are set up to focus exclusively on maximizing financial income for the few, our economy will be locked into endless growth and widening inequality. But now people are experimenting with new forms of ownership, which Marjorie Kelly calls generative: aimed at creating the conditions for life for many generations to come. These designs may hold the key to the deep transformation our civilization needs.

To understand these emerging alternatives, Kelly reports from all over the world, visiting a community-owned wind facility in Massachusetts, a lobster cooperative in Maine, a multibillion-dollar employee-owned department-store chain in London, a foundation-owned pharmaceutical company in Denmark, a farmer-owned dairy in Wisconsin, and other places where a hopeful new economy is being built. Along the way, she finds the five essential patterns of ownership design that make these models work.

Winner of the 2013 Nautilus Silver Award in the category of Business/Leadership.

Building an Economy That Works for All

As long as businesses are set up to focus exclusively on maximizing financial income for the few, our economy will be locked into endless growth and widening inequality. But now people are experimenting with new forms of ownership, which Marjorie Kelly calls generative: aimed at creating the conditions for life for many generations to come. These designs may hold the key to the deep transformation our civilization needs.

To understand these emerging alternatives, Kelly reports from all over the world, visiting a community-owned wind facility in Massachusetts, a lobster cooperative in Maine, a multibillion-dollar employee-owned department-store chain in London, a foundation-owned pharmaceutical company in Denmark, a farmer-owned dairy in Wisconsin, and other places where a hopeful new economy is being built. Along the way, she finds the five essential patterns of ownership design that make these models work.



Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781605093109
1605093106
Characteristics: xi, 247 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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StarGladiator
Apr 28, 2015

The problem with people like Marjorie Kelly [or Noam Chomsky, or Thom Hartmann] is that they confuse, befuddle and bewilder us, because they on the one hand, support the status quo - - then attack the status quo - - then turn around and tell us we need the status quo! Nope, that's a negative! To sum up what her two books don't tell us: the banks own the majority of top corporations through cross-stock ownership, which is supposed to be illegal. It's not the phantom shareholders, i.e., the populace, but the super-rich who own the vast majority of corporate entities; AXA owns part of State Street Corporation, which owns part of Bank of America, which owns part of AXA and State Street Corporation, et cetera, ad infinitum! Blackrock owns parts of them, and they own parts of Blackrock, et cetera. So who owns whom? We aren't supposed to know that, and Marjorie Kelly [or Noam Chomsky or Thom Hartmann] are never going to tell us that or explain it! [What her book describes is called socialism, and that is the last thing the capitalists will ever permit, hence the need for a revolution.]

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