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The foundation of the cooperative is an idea for a business that produces material and social good together, which in turn also does good for workers’ communities.

Americans in all walks of life are creating companies with business models driven by social purpose, not just their own pocketbook priorities.

In the U.S., for example, 64,000 companies are structured as “cooperatives” set up to benefit workers, members, consumers, and the broader society.

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Enspiral is a community of impact driven entrepreneurs experimenting at the edges of ownership, governance, decision making, resource sharing and organisational design.

Worker-owners of co-ops like Hurd's have been active in pushing Berkeley and Oakland to provide city support for co-op development through the Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives (or NOBAWC, which they pronounce "no boss.") "People's lives are changed by working in a worker co-op," said former co-op member Foresta Sieck-Hill, now a network staffer. "There's personal growth and the potential to contribute to the local community. Think about the Cheeseboard. What a gift to work as a baker: make a living wage, and be surrounded by this vibrant community.

Towards Co-operative CommonWealth is a free, eight-week online course offered by Synergia Institute and Athabasca University that sets out the practical models and pathways for meaningful systems change at multiple levels. The goal: to better secure our basic needs in these increasingly difficult times.

Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernández has officially opened the Cooperativa Agrícola Santalária Limitada – a chocolate producing co-op that will export to Holland, France and Chile.

Supported by the World Bank, the co-op will benefit 534 cocoa producers in Honduras, creating 35 permanent jobs, 15 temporary jobs and 6,500 indirect jobs.

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Raisa Galea: ‘Commons’ is a word on many lips, yet not everyone has a clear understanding of the concept. What is commons?

Massimo De Angelis: Commons is about sharing resources, collaborating and making decisions together without a top-down dictate. There is a variety of definitions which delve into what and how should be shared.

decentralization, noun: The dispersion or distribution of functions and powers; The delegation of power from a central authority to regional and local authorities.

fediverse, noun: The decentralized social network formed by Mastodon, Pleroma, Misskey and others using the ActivityPub standard.

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