Hungarians are into Degrowth Economy

How to Scale Up the Cooperative Movement

Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO)’s first e-book, Scaling Up the Cooperative Movement, highlights the role of co-ops in building a more just, egalitarian, and sustainable economy. The books has some very exciting articles:

Conversation

Mondragón and the System Problem –Thomas M. Hanna and Gar Alperovitz

Cooperative Movement Should Engage Government Cautiously –Andrew McLeod

Cooperative Movement Should Embrace Discussion of Systemic Issues –Thomas M. Hanna

Planning Must Be Centered in the Cooperative Movement –Andrew McLeod

Confronting the “System Problem” Cooperatively –Len Krimerman

Serving Life: A New Economy Vision for an Alternative Political-Economic System –Noel Ortega

Cooperative Enterprise and System Change –Joe Guinan

Scaling-Up Democracy Through Empowerment –Michael Johnson

Seizing the Moment: Catalyzing Big Growth for Worker Co-ops –Hilary Abell

Reflections on Moving Beyond Capitalism –Cliff DuRand

Structure vs. Culture: Why Not a “Stulture” That Comines Them? –Len Krimerman

Action Plan for a Co-op Nation –Tony Patterson

Mondragon and Fagor

Creating a Cooperative Culture: Lessons from Mondragon –Caitlin Quigley

Mondragon Feels Pain as It Cuts Off Fagor, One of Its Own –Miles Johnson

Major Mondragon Cooperative Faltering –GEO

When the Right Ones get it Wrong –Michael Peck

Concerns about “Scaling Up” –Marty Heyman

The Promise and Limitations of Worker Co-operatives –Gar Alperovitz, interviewed by Paul Jay of the Real News

Today: History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice appears on “Everything Coop”

In celebration of Black History Month
Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Professor and Author of
Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice appears on Everything Coop on 2/12/2015

Tune in to WOL 1450 AM, today, at 10:30 a.m. for Everything Coop, hosted by Vernon Oakes. This week Vernon interviews Dr. Gordon Nembhard, Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development, and Author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice. Mr. Oakes and Dr. Gordon Nembhard will discuss the history of cooperative economics in the movement for civil rights, and the importance of knowledge and integrity in establishing collective economic entities.

Dr. Gordon Nembhard, is a Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development in the Department of Africana Studies at John Jay College, of the City University of New York (CUNY) in New York City, USA. She is a political economist specializing in community economic development, wealth inequality, Black political economy, popular economic literacy, and community justice.

Her research has focused on community and asset-based economic development and democratic community economics; cooperative economics and worker ownership; racial and economic wealth inequality and wealth accumulation in communities of color; and alternative urban economic and youth educational development strategies. Her future research and policy analyses will connect community-based economic development, asset building, and economic justice strategies with community-based approaches to justice.

 

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Home Depot vs. ARTillery Tool Library in DC

Niell Duval and his theater company Banished? Productions run a tool library out of their multi-purpose ARTillery space in Brookland that gives DC-based artists, hobbyists, and home improvers access to tools for an afforable annual membership fee. Artists pay $50 per year + volunteer hours, while any DC area resident pays $100 per year + volunteer hours.

See more at: http://www.jclass.umd.edu/652352/2014fall/smith/dctoollibrary/

Obama implicitly supports co-ops

There’s a video in this WaPo article in which Obama mentions that the restaurant Charmington’s is a co-op and serves as a model because it provide paid sick leave to employees: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2015/01/15/obama-provides-parental-leave-for-feds/
In the video clip, he mentions that he chose to make his case at the restaurant which is a co-op and provides paid sick days and good wages. So he only implicitly promotes co-ops.
Anyone interested in attempting to meet with the White House re: support for worker co-ops?

Interview with Executive Director for the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Cooperatives

WOL’s Everything Coop: This week Vernon interviews Anne Reynolds, Executive Director for the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Cooperatives. Vernon and Ms. Reynolds will discuss initiatives and research the university has supported regarding the creation of new cooperatives.

Anne Reynolds is the Executive Director of the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives. She develops courses, conferences and educational programs at the Center, and has led numerous workshops on board leadership, board roles and responsibilities and strategic planning. Her areas of interest include governance, member loyalty, business structure and innovative uses of the cooperative model.

Ms. Reynolds has worked with cooperatives in all sectors, including agriculture, food, energy, purchasing and worker-owned. She serves on several boards, including The Cooperative Foundation, the Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund, and the Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative.

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