This May Day, this Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, I apologize in advance. But I also don’t. The next few months, I’ll be working hard to spread the word about my new book, Everything for Everyone: The Radical Tradition that Is Shaping the Next Economy, published by the good people at Nation Books. The book is done, and the final details are closing in. It comes out in mid-September.
I apologize because I’m entering this promotional phase. I’ll be reaching out again asking you to help, if you’re so moved. But I don’t apologize about that, really, because the book shares stories that I believe need to be known—stories of the promise and struggle in the new generation of the cooperative movement. At a time when democracy is on the rocks, when the economy seems to run on a mix of autopilot and superheroes, we need these reminders that cooperation has helped build our world and can shape its future.
Learn more here. Retweet this. Maybe even place a preorder. Let me know if you’d like to publish a review or interview, or to schedule an event. Together, let’s help bring this radical tradition back to life.
In the meantime, there are powers-that-be to troll. Here are some recent publications of mine more or less in that vein:
- Facebook isn’t a startup anymore. It’s not yet a real “community.” It’s time for Mark Zuckerberg to give up control. (Vice)
- Some people want to turn more and more of life into cryptocurrency-powered auction markets. (America)
- Journalists and researchers could share a whole lot more of the data they collect. But should they? (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
- Read the first scholarly journal article on platform cooperativism behind an impenetrable paywall. Or not. (The Sociological Review)
Works not cited
Have you read what Mark Twain regarded as his best book? Ted Gioia wades through his pious, late-live tribute to Joan of Arc.
Jessica Weisberg points out that America’s favorite guide to the corporate ladder was himself a precarious gig worker.
Black Lives Matter founder Alicia Garza learned to organize in the kitchen.
Now is an interesting time to revisit Mr. Zuckerberg’s pre-IPO letter to potential investors.
Scott Korb wonders whether standardized testing has killed the first-person.
Students are already producers; what if they were co-owners?
My CU Boulder colleagues and I stand with our embattled local journalists.
Times and places
- 2018.05.02: Oakland, CA – “User, Worker, Owner!” #platformcoop event
- 2018.05.24: Berlin, Germany – “Mapping the Ecosystem” #platformcoop workshop at SUPERMARKT, 3-6 p.m.
- 2018.07.26-27: London, UK – Open2018: Collaborative Technology for the Cooperative Economy
- 2018.11.07: Boulder, CO – Colorado Shared Ownership Summit
- 2018.11.17-20: Denver, CO – American Academy of Religion