Blogs by the N-EXTLAW Team

Industrial Policy for a Sustainable European Economy: Toward Ownership that Works for People 

Marija Bartl & Rutger Claassen (Utrecht University) 

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This text was drafted by Marija and Rutger as the conclusion of the Transformative Ownership in Times of Overlapping Crisis conference, held in Amsterdam, 5-6 October 2023. Organised alongside colleagues from Utrecht University, this conference welcomed twenty-six speakers, who discussed alternative forms of ownership across six panels and a final roundtable. We are preparing a longer collective (white) paper on the basis of the conference contributions. 
PAR Study in the Netherlands Summary

Amy Lazell & Nena van der Horst

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In this blog, Amy and Nena give an overview of our ongoing PAR study in the Netherlands. They reflect upon the knowledge gathered through recent sessions held by the N-EXLAW team in connection our study participants, detailing the key outcomes. It further provides information on current projects resulting from these consultations. These include Profit in Purpose-Driven Enterprises, the proposal for a Transition Reserve, Patagonia and Steward Ownership, and a Non-Extractive Legal Form. This blog concludes by outlining the next stages of our research and what the team has planned for the near future. 
‘Levelling the Playing Field: Making the BVm Viable’

Zafar Shaikhli 

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In this blog, Zafar discusses the uneven playing field between social and commercial enterprises due to the difficulties social enterprises face when attracting financing. Examining the Dutch BVm proposal and its lack of incentives, Zafar looks at other attempts to stimulate social enterprise financing within the UK, Italy and the Netherlands and proposes to modify the BVm proposal by banning the possibility of converting a BVm to a BV and instating hard requirements regarding profit distribution.
Reimagining Extractive Capitalism: Learning from Italy’s Banca di Credito Cooperativo

Laetitia Bornscheuer & Kinanya Pijl

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In this blog, Laetitia and Kinanya take Italy’s Banca di Credito Cooperativo (location Valdarno Fiorentino) as an example of a non-extractive economic practice and discuss the various ways it demonstrates how we can reimagine capitalism and transition towards a non-extractive economy. Through an exploration of the importance of the mutuality principle, community-centricity and pursuit of social inclusion within Banca di Credito Cooperativo, Laetitia and Kinanya discuss how BCC operates as a socially and environmentally sustainable bank and how this may serve more widely as inspiration for rethinking both the purpose and meaning of banking within society.
Discussing the Benefits and Challenges of Working with Participatory Action Research (PAR): Reflections from N-EXTLAW’s PAR Workshop

Amy Lazell & Laetitia Bornscheuer

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In July 2021, N-EXTLAW hosted an online workshop on Participatory Action Research, ‘Understanding, applying and experiencing Participatory Action Research (PAR): A cross-disciplinary conversation’. This blog post reflects upon the presentations given in this workshop and the key comments and discussions which arose out of them. It will first provide a brief overview of PAR and why this methodology has been adopted within the N-EXTLAW project, followed by an outline of the workshop’s goals and participants. Each of the two panels will then be considered individually, with a final comment on the overall reflections and N-EXTLAW’s future plans for collaboration.