Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution
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Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution

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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...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 4th 2012 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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Will Szal
Although I started it all the way back in the spring, I just wrapped up Marjorie Kelly’s “Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution.” Marjorie is a fellow with the Tellus Institute in Boston, whom I’ve met at events hosted there.

The book draws heavily on a foundation of systems thinking, which I really appreciate.

In summary, the book explores the domain of ownership in it’s many facets, and asks how we might optimize ownership structures for a “generative economy.” To oversimplify, in...more
Sudheer Madhava
Marjorie Kelly first shows us how the current capitalistic business model is unfair and unsustainable and shows how modern business practices and laws favouring the "one percent" contributed to the current financial mess the world is in.

She then takes us on a ride into an unexplored (by mainstream media) but surprisingly large world of democratically run successful business entities like cooperatives, financial instituions (which actually serve local communities) and other such organizations whi...more
Patrick Tsai
I read a lot of books that make me angry, well this book made me hopeful. Of course there was the angry part about the extractive culture of corporate ownership, but it was balanced with stories of companies following, what Marjorie Kelly calls, the generative economic model of ownership. This involves enterprises with community focused missions and more democratic internal structures. There is a detachment intrinsic in Wall Street's world of casino finance. A generative economic model seeks to...more
Seerat Toor
Owning our future is a very absorbing piece of work, a prototype book on the subject which has intrigued human civilizations across the globe since time beyond history and record. Marjorie Kelly the beautiful and insightful author has cleverly decoded the highly encrypted principles of the present-day economic models and has opened the public-eye to the juggernaut of their exploitative fundamentals. Kelly has wonderfully interweaved the latter most leveraged system design with the one just emerg...more
Wow. Marjorie Kelly bowled me over. So much wisdom packed into such an enjoyable book.

Based on dozens of describes the reality of our current "extractive" economy and presents the opportunity to transition to a "generative" economy. Specifically, according to Kelly, "ownership is the gravitational field that holds our economy in its orbit, locking us all into behaviors that lead to financial excess and ecological overshoot." A new model of "generative ownership" on the other hand, can be the fou...more
Samuel Lubell
An economics/business book postulating a new form of corporation, a public benefit corporation, run for the benefit of everyone, not to maximize shareholder profits.
This book was a fun read because it talked about a lot of people I'm friends with and organizations that I know. Interesting examples of ownership structures that are a lot more beneficial to society and the environment. I had never heard of John Lewis Partnership before, and it's a huge company in England that is employee owned, so that was interesting. Didn't find the book to be particularly well written or anything.
Kelly takes us on a journey to first discover what went wrong with our current "growth" economic model. But she doen't leave us there. This is a hopeful book that then presents several examples of businesses that take different approaches. All of them enhance and value their communities, workers, and members. This book is life-affirming and a must read for all citizens who long for real change.
Miriam Holsinger
A wowing book - must read for anyone who is an ardent capitalist or anti-capitalist. Kelly spells out complicated financial concepts in a humanizing way and shows the road to a brighter future without demonizing anyone but empowering us all.
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