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New Plans for 2016

2015 was the first “real” year for the Imagined Economy Project. It was a year to get wet feet, figure out the landscape, dive into some research. Progress has been slower than desired, mostly due to lack of funds and the ever-presence of an adorable 2 year old not all that interested in letting Mommy…

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Welcome to the 21st Century on this Fine Labor Day

Less than two weeks ago, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision to bring labor law into the 21st century. The case concerned Browning-Ferris Industries, a recycling plant that contracted out part of its processing to a company called Leadpoint. Under previous NLRB rulings, Browning-Ferris would have no responsibility to bargain with Leadpoint…

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First Report Ready to Read!

Prolonged silence on this blog means that the first report is finally up on the website! It’s called “Three Methods to Worker Ownership” and is a reflection piece on commonly-promoted methods for expanding worker cooperatives as a distinct sector of local economies. These methods include anchor institutions, business conversions, and spinoffs. The report finds that…

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The Long Life of the Cooperative Idea

It’s hard to imagine a time when wage labor was not the way work was arranged in the United States, but there was a time when it wasn’t. In the 17th and 18th centuries, what is now the United States could be described as having a “householding economy” where farmers and craftsmen relied heavily on…

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Market Innovations Worth Following

The thing about growing up in an economy is that it appears to you a thing of nature, something that has always existed, that will never change. Nature, in our terms, is an economy propelled by the privately-held firm existing to make wealth for owners, investors, and often top managers. This is the “profit motive”…

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Welcome

Welcome to the Imagined Economy blog, a way to keep on top of some of the things we’re thinking about and talking about between the release of reports or publications. Usually, the things we’re thinking about have to do with the “economic imaginary,” those explicit attempts to visualize and even create an economy better than…

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