Everything Co-op Interviews 2015 Cooperative Hall of Fame Hero

This week Vernon interviews Dr. Ann Hoyt, retired Department Chair of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Consumer Science. Vernon and Dr. Hoyt will discuss her involvement in the cooperative movement, and her recent appointment to the Group Health Cooperative Board of South Central Wisconsin.

Hoyt, is an internationally known expert on cooperatives, who began her distinguished career in the 1960s as a member of the Berkley Consumer Food Co-op. Her academic interest in cooperatives took root in graduate school at University of California at Davis, where her Master’s Thesis focused on the Consumer Cooperative of Sacramento.

Hoyt was elected to the board of the National Cooperative Bank in 1982. In 1985 she joined the University of Wisconsin at Madison’s Department of Consumer Science and the UW Center for Cooperatives. In 1992 she began serving on the board of the National Cooperative Business Association where she served as chair from 2004 – 2006. In 1994 she was elected to the board of the University of Wisconsin Credit Union where she served as chair from 1996 to 2005.

Always active in the national food cooperatives, Ann began her 25 year directorship of the annual Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) in 1988. Her love of teaching led to work in board education and governance, and the launch of an intensive education program for food cooperative managers, the Cooperative Management Institute (CMI). She has trained several thousand cooperative and non-profit directors and managers throughout the country and is the creator of a video-based director training program for cooperatives. Hoyt is the recipient of the 2014 Cooperative Service Award from CCMA and was inducted to the Cooperative Hall of Fame earlier this year, by the Cooperative Development Foundation.

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“Fighting To Save Black-Owned Land Since 1967 With Cooperatives” — the Federation of Southern Cooperatives

Tune-in to WOL 1450 AM Thursday, August 13, for Everything Co-op, hosted by Vernon Oakes. This week Vernon covers the Federation of Southern Cooperative‘s 48th Annual Meeting. He will report live from the Birmingham Sheraton, in Birmingham, Alabama.

On Thursday, August 13, 2015 the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund (Federation), will kick off festivities for the Annual Meeting with the Estelle Witherspoon Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony, which will be held at the Birmingham Sheraton in Birmingham, Alabama. This year the Federation will honor the Reverend Charles and Shirley Sherrod, a veteran civil rights couple.

The Sherrods have worked tirelessly for civil rights, human rights, Black land retention and economically underserved landholders, community empowerment, and economic development throughout the rural South. Their extraordinary work has spanned more than four decades. Along with others in the Albany area they developed the first rural land-trust in the nation, New Communities, in 1970 that purchased and operated 6,000 acres in southwest Georgia. The Sherrods met and were married while actively serving in the civil rights movement, and currently reside in Albany, Georgia.

The Annual Meeting will include an update on the “Women and Hispanic Settlement” along with workshops and plenaries on cooperative development, land retention and other rural development programs. There will also be a fish fry and auction on Friday evening followed by state caucuses on Saturday.

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Take Back the Economy: An Ethical Guide for Transforming Our Communities

Here is an excellent set of reviews of JK Gibson-Graham, Jenny Cameron and Stephen Healy’s
Take Back the Economy: An Ethical Guide for Transforming Our Communities (2013).

The premise and important message of this book is that it is within our grasp and interest that we don’t let ‘them’ dictate to ‘us’ what the economy and business are about.We don’t have to wait for a revolution. Capitalism is not an all-encompassing system that dominates everybody and everything on this planet. Instead, it has many holes, allowing alternative economic practices to exist alongside capitalist interests. The very practical task of Take Back the Economy is to give airtime to such ‘alternatives’. These include, for example, a number of alternative market relations, such as fair trade, cooperatively run factories and community supported agriculture and business, as well as a range of non-market economic practices, such as household flows, gift-giving, hunting, fishing and gathering. With very useful illustrations and ‘how-to’ guides, the authors convincingly show that we can run economic ventures and our livelihoods ourselves…While the book sends out a very hopeful message, which I support, many questions remain about the impact such alternative practices may have on the wider truths of ‘real existing capitalism’…
Read more here.

US Federation of Worker Cooperatives interviewed July 2nd

Tune-in to WOL 1450 AM tomorrow for Everything Co-ophosted by Vernon Oakes. This Thursday Vernon interviews Esteban Kelly, Co-Executive Director with the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives. Vernon and Esteban will discuss democratic workplaces, cooperative development and organizations that support worker cooperatives.

Esteban Kelly recently joined the Federation with over 15 years of experience in the cooperative community, including a term as a USFWC Board member and worker-member/owner with two USFWC members, Mariposa Food Cooperative and AORTA Collective. His role at the USFWC focuses on strategic planning and partnerships, public-facing communications, and business planning for the USFWC.

Kelly is a dynamic educator and movement facilitator. He’s a founder and core trainer with AORTA, a worker co-op, whose consulting supports organizations fighting for social justice and a solidarity economy. Most recently he was Director of Development and Staff Director for the New Economy Coalition. He currently sits on the NCBA Board of Directors and serves as president of the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance. To learn more about Esteban Kelly, or the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives Click Here!

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NYC Worker Cooperatives

“The Council will invest an additional $2.1 million to expand the Council’s successful Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative and create 22 new worker cooperatives.”

Many thanks to all of our coalition partners––and especially to the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies––for making this possible. And a broader thanks to all of the petition signers, call-in day volunteers, and rally attendees.

Finally, we are deeply thankful to our City Council and Mayor for their continued support of worker cooperative business development.

See City Council’s press release:


Social Cooperative in Budapest

CycloCyclonomia is a participative and convivial bicycle repair and Do-It-Yourself workshop. Cyclonomia social cooperative opened its doors in Budapest on June 15, 2013. Since then more than 300 members have helped it thrive by coming to repair their bicycles in a participatory and convivial atmosphere.

Cyclonomia is also a low-tech design and construction workshop implementing sustainable solutions in particular for transport in urban areas.

It plays a key role within the Cargonomia project constructing the cargobikes and the trailers used to distribute locally produced organic food and other items to citizens in Budapest.

In Budapest, as in many other places around the world, transition is well underway along with its partners intend to be part of the network of alternatives by offering new ways of living, producing and sharing based on conviviality, social justice and sustainability.


Steve Dubb on Everything Co-op on Thursday

Tune in to WOL 1450 AM tomorrow for Everything Co-ophosted by Vernon Oakes. This week Vernon interviews Steve Dubb, Senior Fellow and Director of Special Projects at The Democracy Collaborative. Vernonand Steve will discuss his involvement in the Democratization of Wealth movement, his research findings, The Anchor Dashboard, and new initiatives.
Steve Dubb has been with the Collaborative since 2004. At the Collaborative, he has written a wide body of work. In 2005, Steve was lead author of Building Wealth: The New Asset-Based Approach to Solving Social and Economic Problems, published by The Aspen Institute. Steve has also written extensively on the role of anchor institutions. This includes being a co-author (with Rita Axelroth Hodges) of The Road Half Traveled: University Engagement at a Crossroads (published by MSU Press in 2012) and, in 2013, leading the research team that produced The Anchor Dashboard.

Steve has also been engaged in a wide range of project-based work. This includes working with Ted Howard in 2007 on the initial strategic planning that helped lead to the development of the Evergreen Cooperatives initiative in Cleveland, Ohio. Since then, he has worked in a number of cities, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Denver, Jackson, Jacksonville, New Haven, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and Washington, DC. Steve is also part of the Collaborative’s Learning/Action Lab team that is partnering with the Northwest Area Foundation and Native American organizations in four cities, to develop employee-owned businesses and social enterprises in Indian Country.

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