In this CityLab interview, Richard Florida interviews SPUR Director and Democratic by Design author Gabriel Metcalf. Metcalf speaks on the power of alternative institutions - such as car-sharing programs and cooperatively-owned businesses - to change the current socio-economic paradigm. He draws on strategies like our Cleveland Model as well as cites our co-founder Gar Alperovitz as a practical theorist that led his research forward.
The Appendix is actually one of my favorite parts of the whole book, because that’s where I get to give credit to some of the thinkers who mattered most to me. I draw on everything from deToqueville and Putnam on voluntary associations, to the social anarchists of the 19th century, who wanted to “prefigure” the way a society would work in their ideal world. Gar Alperovitz of the Democracy Collaborative has done a lot of the most practical work developing and supporting alternative institutions and thinking through a theory of how they can lead to widespread social change... Read full article.