The Livelihood Systems Institute (LSI) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit research and program development organization. LSI was founded by Duane Fleming and has four Board Members who provide direction and support.
Duane Fleming is the author of the Home Ownership Plan and the details of the legislation, which was introduced in the House of Representatives as the “Restore the American Dream Act” by Rep. Robert Wexler (D) Florida. Wexler retired and the bill was taken up by Rep. Ted Deutch (D) Florida, who is working to advance the legislation. The Home Ownership Plan is described in some detail on this website.
Fleming is also the author of a novel, The Trinity Constellation, which describes new economic arrangements to replace the collapsing corporate structure. Today, corporations are viewed as dysfunctional, overly greedy at the top and dangerous to our well-being as they fire people by the thousands at will, cut pension plans and have held wages stagnant over three decades.
The foundation for the Trinity Constellation enterprise is the highly successful Mondragon Cooperative Complex in the Basque Provinces of Spain. These entrepreneurs employ 100,000 people in Mondragon in 120 worker-owned cooperatives. They produce most of the appliances in Spain with 70 industrial cooperatives. Most importantly, Mondragon has its own banks, which enables them to create new jobs for their children and the community. Mondragon has its own schools, supermarkets and Mondragon University. They have taken control of their work lives and their community. Originally founded by a wise priest and five engineers, Mondragon offers a value-based democratic workplace, with a family and community focus and the power to develop free enterprise at its best: freedom for individuals to have a good life and a comfortable retirement. Mondragon Cooperative Corporation has come to America and has signed an Agreement with the United Steel Workers to begin to create worker-owned cooperatives in the United States.
Fleming has written an upcoming non-fiction book titled NATION BUILDING AT HOME: How to outrace the oil crunch and create happier workplaces with personal financial security. This book is not yet published, however portions of it will be published on this website.