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Designing Parecon Finland

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After the decision had been made to start an organization focused in participatory economics in Finland, [1] we began to think of communications strategies for it. What are our goals, both short-term and long-term, and how can we achieve them? At the moment, there are three of us actively taking part in the project, so we obviously have to plan accordingly. We've started small, but have tried to implement everything (materials, strategy, approach) in a way that can be useful and give guidelines…

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Radical Theory for a Participatory Society

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A panel talk given at the Left Forum, 2007, NYC by Chris Spannos: I’m going to present some ideas with origins in the Classical and New Left social movements and try to make a case for why today’s movements need a new and widely shared theory for social change. Some of the concepts and type of thinking I’ll be presenting are very different. In fact, you may find yourself thinking “This guy is a lunatic.” However, if I do my job well, presenting the ideas clearly and…

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Participatory Politics

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Participatory politics or parpolity is a theoretical political system proposed by Stephen R. Shalom, professor of political science at William Paterson University. It was developed as a political vision to accompany participatory economics (Parecon). The values on which parpolity is based are freedom, self-management, justice, solidarity and tolerance. The goal, according to Shalom, is to create a political system that will allow people to participate, as much as possible in a face to face manner.…

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