The Way to a Marketplace Revolution (Podcast)

David LePage, author of Marketplace Revolution — from Concentrated Wealth to Community Capital. (Photo by Tori Williamson)

The Way to a Marketplace Revolution (Podcast)

David LePage releases new book pointing the way to a Social Value Marketplace

David LePage, managing partner of Buy Social Canada, has just written and released a new book, Marketplace Revolution — from Concentrated Wealth to Community Capital. In this well-timed and pioneering work, David makes it very clear that the pathway to a more egalitarian and healthy society is in plain view. In straightforward and practical terms he shows how the purchasing power community anchor institutions like cities, hospitals, universities, and businesses could create an entirely different kind of economy, one he calls a Social Value Marketplace.

The aim of this Marketplace Revolution is to leverage current economic transactions for social good. David outlines how social procurement could create economic demand for social enterprises. Those enterprises engage in marketplace activities for social aims. Bringing social purchasers together with social-good providers has the potential to reorient our economic system to community building rather than the concentration of wealth. The implications are far reaching. Workplaces providing services in this marketplace as well those purchasing those services would find themselves enlivened by a sense of connection, wholeness, and social purpose. Work would be more whole and egalitarian. Wealth redistribution would begin to occur in natural and healthy ways. Taxpayers would realize better value for their money as tax revenue would be better flowed to intentionally address social possibilities and less into private hands for private use. Of course this marketplace also requires social value finance and investment. David rounds out the ecology by calling on foundations and social financiers to step up their game too, to outdo each other with social goals as their yardstick of success.

In this episode of the Buy Social Canada Social Value Marketplace podcast, I first ask David to reflect on his recent digital book launch. Then we touch on each element of the Social Value Marketplace. And finally, David invites you to events and initiatives if you too would like to join this Marketplace Revolution.

Visit this link to get your copy of Marketplace Revolution — from Concentrated Wealth to Community Capital.

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Peter Pula has been exploring the pathways to social evolution since founding the Grassroots Review in his hometown of Peterborough in 1992. Since then he has served on the boards of civil society and arts organizations and served as board president on two of them.

He has been actively involved in federal politics and led a corporate communications firm. Axiom News was incorporated under his leadership in 2009 and went on to establish the practice of Generative Journalism in an international arena.
 
In 2015, Axiom News founded and funded the Peterborough Dialogues in its hometown. The Peterborough Dialogues hosted over 350 deep community dialogues, established and refined hosting arts, and has had lasting impact in the Peterborough community. For this work in community, Peter was awarded the 2017 Brian L. Desbiens Community Service Award by Fleming College after being nominated by his peers and members of the community.

In 2018, also in Peterborough, Electric City Magazine was acquired to marry local media capacity with citizen-led dialogue. Peter is now gently cultivating dialogue and media collaboratives.

Peter works in support of deep democracy and passionately but lightly-held spaces for citizen-led community development. He believes that artfully hosted dialogue and generative media making are together a necessary social innovation for cultivating local-living abundance.

Peter is an artful dialogue host, newsroom director, team leader, mentor, trainer, and consultant. He can be a supportive force in the cultivation of initiatives in your community, network, or organization.

He has been invited to host dialogues, summits, workshops, and learning circles in Canada, the United States, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, and most recently in France.

If you would like to enjoy an exploratory conversation about engaging Peter in appropriate ways to enliven or enlighten your initiatives, you can reach him directly by writing to peter@axiomnews.com.

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