Below is an announcement from the www.alternet.org newsletter dated May 21, 2012 with a link to the first installment of the five-part series described therein.
Just beneath the surface of mainstream media, while our political system sputters, a wave of innovative thinking and bold experimentation is quietly offering viable alternatives that are beginnin g to sweep away many of our old economic models.
It’s the called the New Economy Movement.
You can see it in solar-powered businesses and state-owned banks popping up across the country. And you can feel it in the energy of Occupy protests and overflowing gatherings of scholars and enthusiasts. Proponents seek nothing short of democratized ownership of the economy for the 99% in an ecologically sustainable and participatory community-building fashion.
In a special 5-part series edited by AlterNet’s Lynn Parramore, in partnership with political economist Gar Alperovitz of the Democracy Collaborative, creative thinkers and journalists have come together to explore what’s on the horizon. They take a look at local economic initiatives, alternative corporations, new financial and banking efforts, and the exciting ideas and theorists shaping the philosophical and political vision of the movement that refuses to accept business as usual.
“The name of the game is practical work in the here and now–and a hands-on process that is also informed by big picture theory and in-depth knowledge,” writes Gar Alperovitz, author, most recently, of America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy.