"We're starting to see more bees in the city," said Timothy Paule, who, with his girlfriend, started a nonprofit to build beehives on vacant city plots. "Some people are planting urban farms, and they're adding bees to help with the yield. Others are doing their part and placing hives in backyards to help the declining bee population."

As the weather warms up, their bees — and millions of others — will get busy.

‘A lot of resources are going to be spent in our city. Therefore the questions is: who is going to get them? Who is going to benefit?’ says Kali Akuno, of Cooperation Jackson.

The question of the future of work is above all a question of power and ownership. It is a question the cooperative movement seeks practical answers for, every day, in neighbourhoods, cities and regions.

True Value found a private equity firm to take a majority stake in the company on Thursday in a shift away from the hardware company’s cooperative structure.

When John Clark decided to sell his successful sign-printing business Novograf he received interest from a large American firm. But when it emerged that such a deal would mean the factory outside Glasgow almost certainly being shut, he decided to explore other options.


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