This book followed especially naturally from the Occupy one, Thank You, Anarchy. After the protests died down in 2012 and 2013, I started noticing that some of the activists I’d been following got involved in cooperative businesses. The first business I know of that started at Occupy Wall Street was a worker co-op print shop. Other people were helping create co-ops in areas of New York hit by Hurricane Sandy. There was this euphoria about the idea of co-ops among many of these people—a way of earning a livelihood while retaining the democratic values of the protests. I experienced a bit of that euphoria myself, which turned to a more serious fascination as I realized how long and deep this cooperative tradition has been.
Michel Bauwens reflects on the highly innovative qualities of Ecuador's FLOK Society project while offering ideas on how to transcend its local context.
Buen Conocer/FLOK Society: public policy and sustainable models for a social knowledge economy in Ecuador
FLOK Society book launch: "Buen Conocer/FLOK Society" describes the participatory process in Ecuador to create public policies and sustainable models.