J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 01-31-2018

Annotated Bibliography

Unlike many books that reserve a few pages of a concluding chapter to offer generalized, tentative solutions, Alperovitz marshals years of research into emerging “New economy” strategies to present a comprehensive picture of practical bottom-up efforts currently underway in thousands of communities across the United States. All democratize wealth and empower communities, not corporations: worker-ownership, cooperatives, community land trusts, social enterprises, along with many supporting municipal, state and longer term federal strategies as well. The What Is a Co-op? zine explains the basics of how a co-op works, from the various types of cooperatives to how to begin one in your community. The book is a celebration of grassroots movements focused on real, systemic change and an instructive book for communities seeking to chart a new path forward. “Maker City” is a playbook for those interested in leveraging the maker movement to build community, create economic opportunity, revitalize manufacturing and supply chains, reshape education and workforce development, and redefine civic engagement. “Modern Tribe” proposes a “Renewed approach to our personal growth and wellbeing, through returning to community and coliving.” Written by Al Jeffery, an international speaker, facilitator, impact-entrepreneur, and founder of Base Coliving, the book illuminates the fact that by 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities – but cities, as they are, may contribute to loneliness, isolation, and depression. Co-op: Made in USA. While traditional means of employment have become increasingly inaccessible, employment within worker cooperatives has kept local economies afloat, allowing workers to find a community within the workplace, and maintain part ownership. Will the Point Bank continue to dominate the players, or will they break free and take control by jump-starting the movement for a truly democratic economy in their community By playing Co-opoly, players discover the unique benefits and challenges of the cooperative world – as well as the skills needed to participate in a co-op!Co-opoly is ethically produced – it is printed primarily by other worker co-ops, entirely in the USA, and on recycled and sustainable materials. Keep the conversation going in your community and educate about worker cooperatives with the Own the Change educational materials. Jean Vanier’s Community and Growth sheds such light on the topic of community. Community of Faith: Crafting Christian Communities Today offers a practical analysis of what makes community groups work, along with a theological look at key elements in a spirituality of Christian community. Drawing on theological, sociological, and strategy perspectives, the book provides a comprehensive blueprint for an effective ministry of community formation.

Keywords: [“community”,”Co-op”,”book”]
Source: https://charterforcompassion.org/communities/annotated-bibliography

Capitalism Under Scrutiny

Reforming the welfare system – to take a social investment approach – has been a major focus of the National Government over the past nine years. In other words, the vast majority of those New Zealanders that the Prime Minister claims have been failed by capitalism have been failed by the welfare system. Eric Inter-generational welfare dependency is not at all a market failure; but a policy failure- But PM Arden will never recognize that as that is what hold her position standing – her first concern is not at all the well-being of the NZ citizens and their children; but only to sugarcoat politics for those already on the inter generational welfare!; in the process of pocketing money & fame for herself! Every time when she was asked questions that need a bit of know how to answer; she could not answer – showing she do not have the know how to be PM of a country! Anna Why are so many NZ’landers so afraid of work? Is it a lack of jobs? Or in-bread culture of no need to work- the government will provide? Ross Welfare is destroying our people. Have either mortgaged their homes and have gone into business, employed staff and try to make a bob ? unfortunately it appears that under their watch this will become more difficult for many SMEs – so then where does the welfare $s come from? Ross The insane policy of paying beneficiaries to have endless offspring is of course responsible for our current worsening situation. Welfare dependancy will increase under labour-greens as it will be more comfortable to stay on welfare & there will be far less jobs for the unskilled worker due to a higher minimum wage. Paul Of course it is policy failure David When the Kirk Government changed the status of welfare from a privilege to a right, the emphasis shifted from a hand up to a hand out. Trevor Successive governments failure to consider welfare policies and open door immigration policies are the root of these failures. Market demand created the political demand but responsible government should have provided policies that controlled migration and welfare to balance market needs. Mary Policies are presently designed to encourage welfare dependency and do not target the key issues of why people are welfare dependent. Tony Continual pandering to those on the take destroyed the real purpose of welfare to the extent that long term permanent damage has resulted and will take years of careful control to return to a true welfare system once again. Many governments have been captive of interests which wish to social engineer NZ by making more and more people state dependent Andrew How can it possibly be a market failure? Generous welfare payments ensure its continuance without any responsibility towards a work ethic. Keith What’s the bet that the welfare problem escalates under Labour and the Greens, but they will put the blame on others.

Keywords: [“welfare”,”government”,”market”]
Source: https://www.nzcpr.com/capitalism-under-scrutiny

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