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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New Book on Time Banking

There is a new book about time banking that looks great:

Equal Time, Equal Value: Community Currencies and Time Banking in the US, by Ed Collom, Judith N. Lasker, and Corinne Kyriacou. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2012.

It is rather expensive, but the Library of Congress has two copies, so anyone 18 and over can read it at the Library of Congress. It is super easy and fast to get a library card. And with your library card, you can sit in the cool rooms of the Library of Congress. In general, the Library of Congress is Great.

Here is the beginning of the book.

Here is a part of review from Contemporary Sociology:

In Equal Time, Equal Value, Ed Collom, Judith Lasker, and Corinne Kyriacou present the first, and most exhaustive, systematic investigation of the most popular type of localized exchange system in the United States — Time Banking. Drawing on data collected using multiple methods — a national survey of Time Bank coordinators; interviews with founders, coordinators, and participants; participant observation; three in-depth case study surveys; and secondary data analysis — the authors move beyond limited snapshots of individual organizations to present a focused and well-manicured Time Banking textbook, complete with history, organizational types and demographics, profiles of participants and their motivations for joining, and perceived benefits/outcomes…

Here is the DC Time Bank: https://dc.timebanks.org/.

Affordable Housing vacancies in DC through terrific Coops! 

In these Limited Income Cooperative, the price is LOW to keep them affordable to the people who need housing most!
The maximum income limit is $60,839 for one person and $69,530 for two people.
If you are interested in affordable home ownership, apply soon, these prices are too good to last long!
2711 Q Street SE Cooperative
Join a 10 unit cooperative in the Randle Highlands area of Southeast with easy street parking and convenient to Pennsylvania Avenue.
1 BR – 2BR $990 – $1190 a month carrying charge, $1490 share price, payment plan available.  To view a unit contact Ms Weeks at (202) 421-6487 or e-mail her atminweekswife@gmail.com
1314 K Street NE Cooperative
Excellent location off the Potomac Avenue Metro stop with ample street parking available, and just minutes from DC-295. 1 BR $1100 a month carrying charge, $3500 share price, payment plan available.  To view a unit contact Nicole Pope at 202-543-6321 or e-mail her at nicolerpope@hotmail.com ornicole.sarr@rmxtalk.com.
HOPE Cooperative at 1445 Spring Road NW
Basement studio and large one bedroom with walk in closet available in Columbia Heights, near 14th street, rock creek park, and walk to bus or metro. Very large one bedroom with study available, $1200 and share price $2,300.  Basement efficiency $1,000 a month carrying charge and share price $2,300.  To view call Ana Margarita Pineda at 202-640-9093 or contact zenaidaquintanilla28@gmail.com

All the apartments listed here give you the opportunity to BUY YOUR OWN HOME at UNBELIEVABLY LOW COSTS.
The “share price” listed is the cost to become an owner and a member of the Cooperative. (There is no security deposit.)
The “carrying charge” is what you pay each month to cover the cost of the building mortgage and other common building expenses.
The Cooperatives listed here provide an opportunity to stop being a renter and become a homeowner.


When you buy into a Cooperative, you become a Member of the building.  Cooperative Members own and manage the building themselves.
This means that costs can be kept lower.  No landlord is pocketing the profit.
It also means that Cooperative Members work as a community to manage the building; you will be asked to take some responsibilities.

The Cooperative buildings listed here have a goal of preserving affordable housing for low income residents.
You must be low income to qualify for membership, the amount of income depends on household size.
For example, a one person household must have income of less than $60,839  a year.
You can find the household income limits here:http://dhcd.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/dhcd/publication/attachments/Inclusionary%20Zoning%202013%20Income%20Schedule.pdf