In this special pledge drive edition on Thursday October 11, Tony Castaneda spoke with Norman Stockwell, who will be speaking at and taking part in the Economic Democracy Conference, taking place in Madison this Oct 11 – 14.
This is “the first ever conference of its kind” explains Stockwell, “Madison is really…a very appropriate place to have this [conference] because Dane County… has the highest concentration of co-ops and collectives in the country. So we really have been a laboratory for economic democracy right here in Madison… probably for about 150 years.” With the growing disillusionment of the economic structures we are faced with today, the vast array of organizational structures and collectives that are present in Madison offers an ideal platform upon which discussions of economic democracy can be built upon. Offering one such example of the increasing consolidation of power, Stockwell points that simply in the media sector alone, the number of companies that jointly own all of the media in the nation has sharply decreased in the last thirty years: from about fifty companies in the 1980s to about six today. “And so you have these experiments in a different form of organization that are about local control of local economies and about participatory democracy…and you combine that together into the economic democracy conference.”
Stockwell, along with panelists Robert McChesney and John Nichols, will be speaking about media democracy and democratic control of the media in workshop “Transforming the Media” this Friday at 2:00 PM.
Economic Democracy Conference
Oct 11 – Oct 14
211 North Carroll Street
Madison, WI 53704
For more information about the conference and to view the full schedule of speakers, visit economicdemocracyconference.org
There is a registration fee to attend the conference. Also available is a reduced low-income and student fee. For registration fees click here.
Listen to the full interview here: