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Economic Democracy in Madison

Friday, 21 June 2013 | A Public Affair

“Madison does not have one single achievement gap. It has many achievement gaps”, says Justice Castaneda. more »

Economic Democracy Conference

Thursday, 11 October 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Thursday October 11th, guest host Norm Stockwell spoke with Ellen Hodgeson Brown American lawyer, author and monetary reformer, David Cobb, American activist and was the 2004 presidential candidate of the Green Party, and Mother Fool’s co-owner, Stephanie Rearick. Norm discussed with the guests about the upcoming Economic Democracy Conference here in Madison from October 11th-14th. The Economic Democracy Conference website describes the importance of this movement: “In the last year there has been a resurgence in the struggle for a better world and a move toward meaningful democracy. Across the globe, from Madison to the Middle East, democracy was breaking free of shackles, people were beginning to agitate and assert themselves to strengthen their democracies, or to fight for them where they had none before. The historic moment remains to be seized, as the struggle for democracy must be extended to the economy. We need to take control of the economy to make it work for the interests of all. In early October, just three weeks before the national elections, there shall be a convergence of people to continue this effort and to focus on making practical a new vision for democracy, one extended beyond the political to encompass the economy, coming together in a conference: “Economic Democracy: In Vision and Action”. Nearly forty people are involved in coming together to form an Economic Democracy Collaborative to organize the four day event October 11-14th in Madison, WI. Our desire is for there to be a plurality of perspectives presented, with many organizations sharing their work and focus, and where no one organization singly controls the message. Rather strategy and processes move forward in the principle of collective consensus. The conference shall consist of a broad ranged discussion of issues from a variety of perspectives of organizations and people working toward the ideals and ideas of Economic Democracy. Moving from broad visions we will develop practical actions and strategies. Our idea has been to locally and nationally connect many of the grassroots organizations to activist-minded academics, people from the Occupy movement, social and economic justice movements, environmental and sustainability movements, labor rights and other struggles, even grassroots political activists, cooperatives, and other people’s movements representing communities who often have no voice heard in the mainstream. We want to connect these groups with each other, support their work, shed light on and popularize the values and goals of their work as necessary ingredients to changing the world of corporate capitalism to an economics of the people. Please join …. more »

Economic Democracy Conference

Thursday, 11 October 2012 | buzz
Economic Democracy Conference

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 Madison College 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: more »

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