In a Carbohydrate Economy, Ownership Matters

Date: 1 Sep 2000 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In a Carbohydrate Economy, Ownership Matters By David Morris Fall 2000 Almost 20 years ago I coined the term “carbohydrate economy” to describe an industrial system with two distinctive features 1. Carbohydrates replace hydrocarbons. We rely on vegetables to supply not only our stomachs but our factories. 2. Cultivators and their surrounding regions capture a significant … Read More

Don’t Bribe ‘Em. Buy ‘Em: A strategic proposal on how New Yorkers can create–and control–a minor baseball league of their own

Inthe next two years, New Yorkers will spend nearly $50 million dollars to build two stadiums for minor league teams in order to lure away short-season, class A ball clubs from other communities. And in ten years? New Yorkers may well have to consider building bigger stadiums for those same teams so they don’t threaten to move as the Yankees are now doing. A better idea: For the same amount of taxpayer money, New Yorkers can create–and own–a minor league comprised of several good ball clubs and still have money left over to put toward stadiums. And New Yorkers can–for years to come–root for teams that are truly rooted in their own community.

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The New Power Rules: Marrying Action and Consequence

Thisspeech by David Morris was originally presented at a conference of the Environmental Grantmakers Association 1998 Retreat in Houston, Texas, on October 28, 1998. Letme begin with what I hope is a relatively uncontroversial proposition. Rules Matter. Some of you may have a visceral reaction to the word"rules", for it conjures up notions of meddling and government bureaucracies. But the reality is that human societies always have and always will make rules that channel scientific genius, and investment capital and entrepreneurial energy in certain directions. We make the rules, and to a large extent, the rules make us.… Read More

Rooting the Home Team: Why the Packers Won’t Leave — and Why the Browns Did

This article by David Morris and Daniel Kraker first appeared in The American Prospect magazine, September-October 1998

Onthe last Sunday in January, an elated John Elway stood on the gridiron where his Denver Broncos had just beaten the Green Bay Packers 31-24, and announced to millions of worldwide television viewers that the best part about finally winning the Super Bowl was how much it meant to his longtime fans, the people of Denver.

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Does Community Matter?

Date: 16 Apr 1998 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Does Community Matter? by David Morris Institute for Local Self-Reliance July 16, 1998 – published in St. Paul Pioneer Press In the larger scheme of things, the news item the other day seemed a small story. A committee of the Metropolitan Airports Commission(MAC), which runs the Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport, recommended that the airport not renew … Read More

Roots, Roots, Roots for the Home Team: Community-Owned Professional Sports

Community ownership of professional sports teams is an idea with decades of successful experience. The Green Bay Packers have been operating as a nonprofit corporation since 1923, during which time they have won three world championships and three Super Bowls, and have recently financed two stadium upgrades from retained earnings. Their ownership structure has generated unprecedented fan support while maintaining the fiscal discipline exhibited by corporations.  This report by David Morris and Daniel Kraker takes a closer look at the issues surrounding community owned sports. … Read More

Restructuring the Financial System As If Community Matters

Date: 4 Dec 1997 | posted in: Banking, From the Desk of David Morris, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This speech by David Morris was originally presented at a conference entitled “Growing Equity: Assets and Opportunities for Communities Left Behind,” hosted by the Corporation for Enterprise Development in Washington, D.C., on December 4, 1997.… Read More

Community Ownership Only Play Left in Playbook

Date: 4 Nov 1997 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Community Ownership Only Play Left in Playbook by David Morris November 4, 1997 – published in St. Paul Pioneer Press So, here we are sports fans. Fourteen months after Governor Carlson announced the formation of a powerful coalition to lobby for a publicly financed sports stadium for the Minnesota Twins, five months after the legislature resoundingly … Read More

Do Sports Owners Have No Shame?

Date: 3 Jun 1997 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Do Sports Owners Have No Shame? by David Morris June 3, 1997 – published in St. Paul Pioneer Press What is it with billionaire sports owners? Have they no shame? Two days after tens of thousands of Twins fans roared their heartfelt thanks to future Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett as the team retired his number, … Read More

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