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At democracyatwork.info we aim to provide you with resources to inspire, inform, advise,
and sustain a social movement for economic democracy, and in
particular, to support WSDEs.
So what is a WSDE? WSDEs, or Workers’ Self-Directed Enterprises, are enterprises in which all the workers who collaborate to produce its outputs also serve together, collectively, as its board of directors. Each worker in any WSDE thus has two job descriptions: (1) a particular task in the enterprise’s division of labor, and (2) full, equal, and democratic participation in the directorial decisions about what, how and where to produce and how to use the enterprise’s surplus or profits.
Simply put, in place of a capitalist production organization assigning directorial decisions to a small minority – major shareholders and boards of directors – WSDE’s institutionalize democracy at work as a central principle of production and thus a new foundation for the economy and society. Just imagine…
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This organization was formed in 2010 by Professor and Economist Richard D. Wolff. His recent article in AlterNet details his call to action for economic democracy. Can We Remake our Workplaces To Be More Democratic.
Richard D. Wolff
As the co-founder of democracyatwork.info, I can imagine a world where employees decide what, how and where to produce and how to use the enterprise’s profits and I know it is possible.