ParEcon: In PracticeThis page features materials focusing on current and future attempts to implement parecon. Information on workplaces putting parecon into practice can be found below.
Andrej Grubacic: Parecon Balkans
Parecon as a vision relevant to the Balkans...
Interviewing Ezekiel Adamovsky: Parecon in Argentina
Interest in and relevance of parecon to events in Argentina.
in Theory and Practice
by Paul Burrows
Burrows draws on his experience working in a parecon-inspired workplace to discuss putting parecon into practice and the theory behind it.
by Tom Wetzel
Discussion of self-management and “building the new society in the shell of the old.”.
for Participation Through Work
by Adele Oliveri
Presentation given at the Life After Capitalism conference in Porto Allegre, Brazil, 2003.
for a Participatory Economy (Old ZNet Subsite, coming soon)
by Michael Albert
12-part commentary series outlining a strategic program aimed at winning gains towards a participatory economy.
by Paul Burrows
A motivational essay on implementing parecon in our present lives.
ParEcon, Anarchy and Politics
by Brian Dominick
An exploration of what role, if any, government might play in establishing and maintaining a participatory economy.
A Few More Moves Ahead
by Justin Podur
Essay on parecon, globalization and strategy.
We Be Friends for Now?
by Robin Hahnel
Hahnel explores questions of unity, strategy and goals between market socialists and advocates of parecon.
A number of workplaces self consciously apply the lessons of the parecon vision, seeking to implement and refine these through practical experience. Below are a few we are aware of.
Over twenty-five years old, South End Press utilizes balanced job complexes and approaches its editorial and other publishing related decisions as much in accord with parecon values and aims as conditions permit.
Bookstore & Coffeehouse
“A central organizing principle of the [Mondragón] collective is the notion of a job complex. A job complex is simply a grouping of jobs and job types that strikes a balance between creative and empowering types of work on the one hand, and more rote and menial tasks on the other.”
G7 Welcoming Committee Records
Producers and distributors of music “by and for people working for radical social change.” The G7 Welcoming Committee collective seeks to create a “humane and ethical workplace” through participatory economic principles.
Arbeiter Ring Publishing
A collectively-run publishing house in Winnipeg, Canada, Arbeiter Ring uses participatory economic structuring “so that all members have comparable responsibilities and are equally able to participate in decision making.”
A monthly periodical aiming “to assist activist efforts to attain a better future,” Z Magazine has been a long-time supporter of the parecon vision, in print as well as in practice.
Home of the ParEcon Project, ZNet features a wide range of material on social change and vision. The staff at ZNet strive to bring parecon values into their work and their workplace.
The NewStandard -- Shut down after 4 years, was is a hard hitting news source structured on the parecon model. Ready history here.
The Vancouver Parecon Collective does parecon advocacay through workshops, talks, organizing, activism, etc.
Koumbit is an Open Source parecon IT collective.
ParIT is another Open Source parecon IT collective.
The Underground Cafe in Fredericton, N.B.
CAPES -- Chicago Area Participatory Economics Society, doing advocacy and activism.