In order to build communities that are democratic, just and sustainable, we need businesses that are rooted in their place and responsive to the communities they serve. We are working with people across the Southeast growing new economies based on these principles through the development of cooperative structures.
The economic crisis sparked by the collapse of large financial institutions beginning in 2007-2008 clarified for many that the fundamentally anti-democratic nature of our economic system threatens our communities in direct, immediate and potentially catastrophic ways. We will never achieve a truly democratic society so long as our collective wealth is unavailable to the vast majority of us. This enormous wealth should be used to develop communities that allow and encourage every human being to achieve their full potential with dignity. Our societal wealth should provide security in the knowledge that our health, safety and a reasonable quality of life are guaranteed.