Sunday, February 18, 2018

Democratizing the workplace

See Richard Wolff's article on it here. This emerging and growing mode of economic development puts businesses in the hands of those that work them. Worker self-directed enterprises (WSDE) is one form this can take. Instead of seeking solutions in government or in capitalistic oriented businesses, the goal is to give the power back to the people that make the goods and services. Employees therein directly function to democratically divide and assign labor, determine what, were and how a good is to be produced, and decide on wages, distribution of surplus and ownership. 

Of course a transition to WSDEs from capitalism requires several implementing factors: Laws need to enacted to create the structural framework; school curriculums need to educate future workers on the societal need for WSDE's and how they operate; political parties and platforms need to promote them. It's not an easy transition but a necessary one which is well on its way given the growing interest and implementation.

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