Across the United States, democratic, community wealth-building institutions have begun to multiply dramatically in number in recent years. Although many ventures are small in size, a number have already become a major presence in their communities and have implications for longer-term community change. The various efforts differ from traditional corporations, on the one hand, and small individually-owned businesses, on the other.
Community Development Banks
Friends of Community Development Banks was formed to support CDFI banks. These financial institutions work in low-income communities and are struggling to stabilize the neighborhoods and small businesses that they serve and that have been crippled by the financial meltdown and economic crisis. These are small banks (the largest has under $3 billion in assets) and there are fewer than 100 of them in the whole country.
What is a Community Development Bank?
A Community Development Bank (CDB) is a Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation-insured bank or thrift that has a primary mission of promoting community development. Often referred to as CDFI Banks, these institutions are distinct from traditional banks and thrifts because low income markets are their primary markets. Most traditional banks are not targeted to serving these markets. CDBs serve urban and rural communities that lack access to credit and are not adequately served by the traditional banking industry.
Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO) is a decentralized collective of educators, researchers and grassroots activists working to promote an economy based on democratic participation, worker and community ownership, social and economic justice, and ecological sustainability--a "solidarity economy"--through grassroots journalism, organizing support, cross-sector networking and movement-building and the publication of educational and organizational resources.
Participatory Budgeting, at its most basic, refers to turning over budgetary decisions to the citizens impacted by the budget. Most of the well-known examples of participatory budgeting involve city administrations that have turned over decisions over municipal budgets, such as its overall priorities and choice of new investments, to citizen assemblies. Other examples involve school budgets, housing project budgets, and the budgets of cooperatives and non-profit organizations.
Henry C. K. Liu at Asia Times Liu's articles are published at the Asia Times site before he archives them; he tends to a variety of socialized values and has a strongly historical approach. There are few topics that his hasn't covered at least once . He uses a historical and international basis for his analysis. He covers a wide number of topics. His archive is effectively a library.
Economic Stability web site by Peter Young and Joe Bongiovanni
this site is a good source for commentary regarding monetary reform and how it fits into the larger agenda of economic reform. They have a series of short video conversations posted which are of a high quality. It is recommended for both beginners and advanced people.
Real Economics Blog by Jonathan Larson
Jonathan has been an advocate of Real Economics in various ways for quite a while. Please, visit his site.
Culture of Life blog by Elaine M. Supkis; she is very knowledgeable about US and Intenational Economics/Finance. She posts comments on a wide variety of topics from volcanos, to international politics, to cultural issues. tends to be a good analyst and commentator on current events. She is strongly opposed to political Zionism though very supportive of spiritual Zionism. She does not hesitate to identify criminal activity wherever she sees supportive evidence. She also does not really care about the opinions of her detractors particularly when the opinion is an ad hominen attack. Make your own judgment.
Steve Keen's "Debtwatch" site Analyzing the Global Debt Bubble. Steve Keen is a direct student of Hyman Minsky and he uses mathematical modeling in a very appropriate and accurate way. His site has both the critiques of neo-classical economics and the math to back it up.
Karl Denninger "The Market Ticker" at http://market-ticker.denninger.net/
Karl Denniger tends to take a more convention finance sort of view though his point of view is generally very close to a more macro and progressive economics point of view. He seems to be very good at sussing out scams and flim flam.
American Monetary Institute (AMI) http://www.monetary.org/index.html
this organization specializes in monetary history, theory, and reform. Its executive director Stephen Zarlenga is also the author of the currently most comprehensive book on monetary history. The AMI is advocating for national level monetary reform. Understanding monetary history and institutions is key to developing an understanding of macro-economics. They hold annual conferences in Chicago. Tour their website. Posted there are also various articles and presentations by Zarlenga, a few of which have been used as the basis the "trifold" flyers produced by Re-Imagining Economics on monetary and monetary history with permission.
Robert Schalkenbach Foundation This is a primary site for Georgist Economics, which focuses upon land rent as a strategy to stop land speculation and the abuse of communities to increase land value for private land owners. It is a important concept though its network tends to have only a narrow focus. It also provides a basis for a commons based economics, a part from state socialism. http://www.schalkenbach.org/
Commons Related Material
The Commons Governance Work Group's WiserEarth page
“As a commons group, we strive to manifest a working model of commons governance that renews human sovereignty over the commons, enables just governance and democratic oversight, supports sustainability of the commons and promotes sharing and right livelihood for those who use the commons.We choose to engage in a new global culture that is characterized by deep listening, caring speech, conscious reflection, and cooperative action, toward a more stable, and regenerative life on earth.“
The World Watch Institute http://www.worldwatch.org/
The Worldwatch Institute is an independent research organization recognized by opinion leaders around the world for its accessible, fact-based analysis of critical global issues. Its mission is to generate and promote insights and ideas that empower decision makers to build an ecologically sustainable society that meets human needs.
The Earth Policy Institute http://www.earth-policy.org/index.php?
The Earth Policy Institute (EPI) was founded in 2001 by Lester Brown, the founder and former president of the Worldwatch Institute, to provide a plan of a sustainable future along with a roadmap of how to get from here to there. EPI works at the global level simply because no country can fully implement a Plan B economy in isolation. EPI’s goals are (1) to provide a global plan (Plan B) for moving the world onto an environmentally and economically sustainable path, (2) to provide examples demonstrating how the plan would work, and (3) to keep the media, policymakers, academics, environmentalists, and other decision-makers focused on the process of building a Plan B economy.
Re-Imagining Society sponsored by Z Communications
This is a major project involving people globally though most seem to be the US. It evolved out of a discussion which attempted to define socialism for the 21st century The goals of the Reimagining Society Project are: To explore ideas about long term vision and related long and short term strategy and program with the hope of reaching agreements and/or clarifying persisting differences;To develop a basis for working together; To facilitate joint projects and shared vision/strategy; To generate enough agreement to initiate continuing and/or enlarging group connections; To display all related essays, proposals, explorations, debates, etc., in ways aimed to incorporate ever wider circles of activists in the collective process of arriving at shared vision and strategy, and then acting on it.
Living Lies Foreclosure Defense Group. This Group apparently does education work for attorneys involved in Foreclosure work It has a number of good articles related to foreclosure fraud resistance http://livinglies.wordpress.com/
Franklin County Treasurer's Office. The information list at this link is very basic and doesn't do much of anything to inform people about possible frauds and defense strategies. http://www.franklincountyohio.gov/treasurer/foreclosureint/
The Equal Justice Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing legal representation to low income persons. EJF is the only organization of its kind in Ohio specifically created to attack statewide systemic problems facing low-income persons through class-action litigation and individual civil litigation.
Fora TV. This is a fairly high end site with lots of well known and not so well known speakers. They have a separate index for Economics related speakers. It does not have the time limits of YouTube though it does have advertisments at the begining of their videos. Be also aware that this operation also posts videos which are adamantly opposed to the Re-Imagining of Economics
The Hammer Forum Presentation and Interview of William K. Black
YouTube: At this site names to search for include some of the usuals and then also commentators such Max Keiser , the Renegade Economist(Fred Harrison), Istvan Meszaros, Catherine Austin Fits, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Jeffrey Sachs, and others.