Building on the insights in the Tollan Letters, the way out for America and the world is presented in a three-part project brief: What Works Project – an Open Economic Initiatve. This “economic” initiaive stands in stark contrast to the “political” fixes (i.e. tax cuts, bail-out schemes, government spending programs) that the U.S. taxpayer is being billed for. Its strategy is based on assembling and networking economic prototypes from many places in the world, model systems that businesses and communities created together when faced with similar financial problems of their own. The What Works Project is a three-part strategy (three stage) which is being implemented based on these prototypes. The stategy centers around a city-region's economy when it is linked to the productive capacity of farms and factories which are linked to a business' workspace and community's marketplace. This constitutes the real economic engine of a land or people.
Part One provides an introduction to the underlying principle of the project: economic democracy. It illustrates how our current economy is anything but democratic and how its component structures function as a closed system, denying economic opportunity and access to most people. An alternative system, the open corporate, is proposed, along with prototypes of business structures that are emblematic of What Works. These structures can be networked together to create an economic democracy. Click icon to the right to view part one.
The importance of having both a business community and a community business is explained. Two separate brief are available, one for each area in which the What Works Project is presently underway: Kansas City, Kansas and Austin, Texas. Each one envisions community-controlled marketplaces as the key to economic development within a region. Two different approaches to establishing these marketplaces are planned, each fitting within the local community culture and businesses.
Business development in the What Works Project is designed to create additional productive capital capacity (both factory and farm) within a region and interlace those operations into the community within the marketplace through local ownership, more reliable access to capital, and recapture of wealth.
Download What Works Project Brief Part One
Kansas City Austin, Texas
Farm Network Market Place Factory Network