Arcosanti Ventures, Part 2: A Workers Cooperative as an Appropriate Model for a Sustainable Arcosanti
Click on the link above to get to Nathan's essay, Arcosanti Ventures.
Nathan Koren once upon a time was Arcosanti's youngest bona fide officially registered workshopper. It was prescient, irrepressibly brilliant Nathan who saw that internet access appeared at Arcosanti practically before everyday life was unthinkable without the www.
Nathan wasn't alone in seeing the www coming but it was he who ventured out alone, all by himself, to bring it to Arcosanti, to make it happen there. His current perch in England hasn't diminished or in any way lessened his long-sightedness.
I'm not saying that because his essay was written in response to something I posted on a social media site although I'm right complimented that he did: he's as thoughtful and considerate now as ever he were when he were verra, verra young. He's gone into some detail in the essay, but a centrally critical point he suggests almost immediately is:
Arcosanti could begin acting as an incubator to private ventures which are congruent with its mission. It would take an equity stake in those ventures, all structured to ensure that an appropriate portion of any/all profits are returned to the community
He then adds: Aside from imposing appropriate restrictions on externalities (noise, pesticides, etcetera.), all of the new businesses would be free to run themselves as they see fit.
It's a tectonic plate shift in policy, to leap from "Mom and Pop company town" to a management environment that actively encourages independent free market enterprise. For sure if I had the proper fairy godmother wand, I'd wave it right here, to avoid all the hazardous decisions the world of corporate crony capitalism appears to ignore.
(Industrial agriculture's fondness for GMOs, for example, coincident with putting an end to the authority of organic growers to manage their own seed supply. )