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"Kelly (The Divine Right of Capital) pre-sents us with alternative designs to the corporate economic structures that have their heart in Wall Street. These 'generative structures,' as she calls them, are working models based on social well-being and ecological sustainability. Ideally, generative designs embody models of belonging 'self-organized around the needs of life' — its sine qua non being a sense of ownership that takes a long view; a 'living purpose' as opposed to a strictly financial purpose. Her attack then is focused against short-term — biased forms of predatory financialization: 'extractive' ownership, high-frequency trading, and credit default swaps. Yet with statements like 'Capital is master. Labor is servant' and her presentation of Wall Street finance as a sort of enemy, one may mistake Kelly's work as an anticapitalist screed. Her goal, however, is to reimagine capitalism as a more inclusive game that accounts for the social and ecological implications of economic production. Moreover, she is interested in analyzing 'social architectures' ('who will make economic decisions, and how, using what kinds of organizing structures?'), while fostering 'ownership in the hands of stakeholders intimately involved with the tangible workings of the enterprise.' Though Kelly does not present specific solutions, she succeeds in demonstrating how more sustainable business ventures can function in practice. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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All of the current attempts to address the economic collapse are overlooking an essential factor: ownership. So long as businesses are set up to focus exclusively on maximizing monetary returns per quarter for a narrow group of individuals the economy will be subject to crippling boom-and-bust cycles. But now people are experimenting with new forms of enterprise ownership--we are in the midst of the most creative period of economic innovation since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. Marjorie Kelly calls these new forms generative: life-serving, aimed at creating the conditions for life for many generations to come. They are in contrast to the dominant ownership designs of today, which can be called extractive: aimed at extracting maximum short-term financial wealth.

To understand these emerging ownership alternatives, Kelly reports from all over the world, visiting a community-owned wind facility in Massachusetts, a lobster cooperative in Maine, a multi-billion-dollar employee-owned firm in London, a foundation-owned pharmaceutical in Denmark, a farmer-owned dairy in Wisconsin, and other places where an economy that works for all is being built.

This is not a moment for old solutions and tired approaches. As we enter a new era of limits, alternative ownership designs can help it become a new era of fairness, sustainability, and community.

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Building an Economy That Works for All

As long as businesses are set up to focus exclusively on maximizing financial income for the few, our economy will be locked into endless growth and widening inequality. But now people are experimenting with new forms of ownership, which Marjorie Kelly calls generative: aimed at creating the conditions for life for many generations to come. These designs may hold the key to the deep transformation our civilization needs.

To understand these emerging alternatives, Kelly reports from all over the world, visiting a community-owned wind facility in Massachusetts, a lobster cooperative in Maine, a multibillion-dollar employee-owned department-store chain in London, a foundation-owned pharmaceutical company in Denmark, a farmer-owned dairy in Wisconsin, and other places where a hopeful new economy is being built. Along the way, she finds the five essential patterns of ownership design that make these models work.

Winner of the 2013 Nautilus Silver Award in the category of Business/Leadership.

About the Author

Marjorie Kelly is a Fellow at Tellus Institute and Director of Ownership Strategy with Cutting Edge Capital. She consults with private companies and leads research projects for the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and others. She co-founded Corporation 20/20, a project to create the vision for the future corporation. Kelly was the co-founder and for 20 years president of Business Ethics magazine. Her writings have appeared in publications such as the Harvard Business Review, Utne Reader, Chief Executive, Tikkun, E Magazine, and Yes Magazine.

Foreword Author David Korten is an author, president and founder of the People-Centered Development Forum, and board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). He is an associate of the International Forum on Globalization and a member of the Club of Rome. Some of his bestselling titles include The Great Turning and When Corporations Rule the World. He is a regular guest on talk radio and television and a popular speaker at conferences around the world.

Table of Contents

Foreword – by Jeffrey Hollender

Introduction – The journey ahead

Part I – The Evolution of Ownership: Home

From dwelling on the land to tangled in debt

1. Debt, Inc.: Extractive design

2. The Community Bank: Generative design

3. The Faux Community Bank: Capital formation

4. Wall Street: Financial alchemy

5. Acceleration: Ownership for a nanosecond

6. Overload: Extraction in extreme

7. Derivatives: Losing touch with reality

8. Collapse: Erosion from below

Part II – The Turning Point: The Commons

Beginning the world anew

9. Waking Up: No separate systems

10. The Island: Beyond growth

11. Bringing Forth a World: The ecosystem of generative design

Part III – The Design Challenge Ahead: Enterprise

Living companies for a generative economy

13. The Employee-Owned Store: Social boundaries

14. The Mission-Controlled Corporation: Governance

15. Finance Revisited: Capital

16. The Farmer-Owned Dairy: Networks

17. Coda: Next

 

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Jerry D Riley, June 13, 2012 (view all comments by Jerry D Riley)
Many of us wonder if we, our children and grand children will even have a future much less own some part of one.

Marjorie Kelly, in this important, brilliant and compelling book illuminates in her own inimitable, story telling way that all can understand, not only how we got into the financial and environmental messes we are still mired in but also how we can get out of them and how it's the system itself that is at fault and must be changed not just a few bad apples we seek to blame.

In spite of what we are told, Kelly says there is an alternative (to capitalism or socialism). She shows us that already existing generative ownership companies not only survived but many thrived during the economic meltdown caused by the extractive system.

Briefly, we the people as well as the creation itself are suffering from the cancer of our current capitalist or dominator ownership system which Kelly labels an extractive ownership system, the sole purpose of which is to extract as much wealth (=maximize corporate profits) as possible from our labor and the environment at the least possible risk (=deregulation) and least cost to itself (=lowest possible wage for us) as quickly as possible (=short term thinking and strategies). Every one else (that`s us), the environment and the future be damned. The sub prime mortgage shenanigans, the root of our current economic problems, are a classic example of the way the extractive systems create boom and bust cycles.

Kelly's solution is the generative ownership model in which everyone has an ownership stake, shares in the profits (which will not be excessive as they now frequently are) and takes responsibility not only for themselves but also their brothers and sisters world wide and the very creation itself, our environment. This is a long term, sustainable, life supporting system.

I'm so inspired and excited about the ideas in this book that I plan on spreading the word to libraries, friends and relatives, and obviously even to strangers like you; starting a book reading group and perhaps even a book signing event if it can be arranged.

Read the book! Get inspired! Spread the word! Make change happen!

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781605093109
Author:
Kelly, Marjorie
Publisher:
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Author:
Korten, David C.
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Subject:
Business - General
Subject:
BUSINESS STRATEGY
Subject:
ECONOMICS, ORGANIZATION DEVELOPMENT, CURRENT AFFAIRS, POLITICAL ECONOMY, BUSINESS, CHANGE METHODS
Subject:
CourseSmart Subject Description
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
The Emerging Ownersh
Publication Date:
20120631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Kelly (The Divine Right of Capital) pre-sents us with alternative designs to the corporate economic structures that have their heart in Wall Street. These 'generative structures,' as she calls them, are working models based on social well-being and ecological sustainability. Ideally, generative designs embody models of belonging 'self-organized around the needs of life' — its sine qua non being a sense of ownership that takes a long view; a 'living purpose' as opposed to a strictly financial purpose. Her attack then is focused against short-term — biased forms of predatory financialization: 'extractive' ownership, high-frequency trading, and credit default swaps. Yet with statements like 'Capital is master. Labor is servant' and her presentation of Wall Street finance as a sort of enemy, one may mistake Kelly's work as an anticapitalist screed. Her goal, however, is to reimagine capitalism as a more inclusive game that accounts for the social and ecological implications of economic production. Moreover, she is interested in analyzing 'social architectures' ('who will make economic decisions, and how, using what kinds of organizing structures?'), while fostering 'ownership in the hands of stakeholders intimately involved with the tangible workings of the enterprise.' Though Kelly does not present specific solutions, she succeeds in demonstrating how more sustainable business ventures can function in practice. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,

All of the current attempts to address the economic collapse are overlooking an essential factor: ownership. So long as businesses are set up to focus exclusively on maximizing monetary returns per quarter for a narrow group of individuals the economy will be subject to crippling boom-and-bust cycles. But now people are experimenting with new forms of enterprise ownership--we are in the midst of the most creative period of economic innovation since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. Marjorie Kelly calls these new forms generative: life-serving, aimed at creating the conditions for life for many generations to come. They are in contrast to the dominant ownership designs of today, which can be called extractive: aimed at extracting maximum short-term financial wealth.

To understand these emerging ownership alternatives, Kelly reports from all over the world, visiting a community-owned wind facility in Massachusetts, a lobster cooperative in Maine, a multi-billion-dollar employee-owned firm in London, a foundation-owned pharmaceutical in Denmark, a farmer-owned dairy in Wisconsin, and other places where an economy that works for all is being built.

This is not a moment for old solutions and tired approaches. As we enter a new era of limits, alternative ownership designs can help it become a new era of fairness, sustainability, and community.

"Synopsis" by ,
Building an Economy That Works for All

As long as businesses are set up to focus exclusively on maximizing financial income for the few, our economy will be locked into endless growth and widening inequality. But now people are experimenting with new forms of ownership, which Marjorie Kelly calls generative: aimed at creating the conditions for life for many generations to come. These designs may hold the key to the deep transformation our civilization needs.

To understand these emerging alternatives, Kelly reports from all over the world, visiting a community-owned wind facility in Massachusetts, a lobster cooperative in Maine, a multibillion-dollar employee-owned department-store chain in London, a foundation-owned pharmaceutical company in Denmark, a farmer-owned dairy in Wisconsin, and other places where a hopeful new economy is being built. Along the way, she finds the five essential patterns of ownership design that make these models work.

Winner of the 2013 Nautilus Silver Award in the category of Business/Leadership.

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