articles tagged "Norm Stockwell"

Economic Democracy Conference

Thursday, 11 October 2012 | A Public Affair

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 »

“The Shareholder Value Myth”

Monday, 30 July 2012 | A Public Affair

On Monday July 30th, Norm Stockwell talked with author Lynn Stout about her book “The Shareholder Value Myth.” “Executives, investors, and the business press routinely chant the mantra that corporations are required to “maximize shareholder value.” In this pathbreaking book, renowned corporate expert Lynn Stout debunks the myth that corporate law mandates shareholder primacy. Stout shows how shareholder value thinking endangers not only investors but the rest of us as well, leading managers to focus myopically on short-term earnings; discouraging investment and innovation; harming employees, customers, and communities; and causing companies to indulge in reckless, sociopathic, and irresponsible behaviors. And she looks at new models of corporate purpose that better serve the needs of investors, corporations, and society.” -Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. To read more about Lynn Stout: more »

Alexander Cockburn

Monday, 23 July 2012 | A Public Affair

On Monday, July 23rd our host Norm Stockwell played a special recording of a speech by Alexander Cockburn in honor of his life. Alexander Cockburn, was a radical journalist and writer, passed away last Saturday, July 21st, 2012.                             For more information on Alexander Cockburn’s life: To listen to the entire interview : Cockburn 1 more »

Author Hour: Hugh Sinclair and Dennis Marker About their New Books

Monday, 16 July 2012 | A Public Affair

On Monday July 16th, Norm Stockwell interviewed Hugh Sinclair, author of “Confessions of a Microfinance Heretic,” and in the 2nd half of the show Dennis Marker about his book “FIFTEEN STEPS TO CORPORATE FEUDALISM: How the Rich Convinced America’s Middle Class to Eliminate Themselves – From Ronald Reagan to the Tea Party Movement.” To read more about “Confessions of a Microfinance Heretic:” To read more about “FIFTEEN STEPS TO CORPORATE FEUDALISM:” more »

Spirituality and Social Change

Monday, 2 July 2012 | A Public Affair

On Monday, July 2nd, Norm Stockwell interviewed Professor Robert Jensen about his new book, “All My Bones Shake: Seeking a Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice. ” “Drawing on the Old and New Testaments, contemporary philosophy, common sense, personal intuition, and progressive politics, Jensen offers a full defense of his conclusion, holding its consistency up to the best of religious and secular teachings. A touchingly open memoir that is also a study of the religious debate in America, “All My Bones Shake” marks an entirely new communion: a way to look at religion as a tool with which we may create closer ties to all humanity and begin to create a just and sustainable society—to face with confidence the uncertainty of our lives. Both political and spiritual, radical and universal, public and very personal, Jensen’s warmhearted text is a passionate testament to the potential of religion to offer sanity and stability in the face of our culture’s growing turmoil.” -Soft Skull Press To read more about the book “All My Bones Shake: Seeking a Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice:” more »

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