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The Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy is pleased to announce the Advancing the Development of Worker Cooperatives (ADWC) pre-conference, which will focus on successful inter-cooperative approaches to self-financing and financing within the co-op movement.

The biennial Democracy Convention is coming up in early August, 2013, in Madison, Wisconsin. The ItsOurEconomy team is spearheading the Economic Democracy track. GEO is planning on supporting them in this event.

Self-management and Work as Alternatives to the Global Economic Crisis. July 9-12, 2013, João Pessoa, Brazil

Yochai Benkler, Co-Director of the Faculty at Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, talks about his newest book. Video and audio are both available through the page.

Paul Glover, instigator behinc Ithaca Hours and a passionate spokes-person for local money contributed this overview to Shareables.net. A local money or, alternatively, a time-bank, can bring the community together, provide the "money" for local improvement(s), and teaches the participants trust in each other and the community as a whole.

The poetic justice of covering capped landfills with solar panels

This is a two-part story on CounterPunch.org by Jane Slaughter. It tells the story of the formation of the TRADOC Cooperative that started with a three-year worker's strike and has led to a successful worker co-op. Part two [can be found here](http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/04/04/can-worker-owners-make-a-big-factory-run/).

This is a really good and simple explanation of the use of an alternate currency, a credit arrangement, actually, on co-operative principles and structures to revitalize the local economy of a community that is in a country under a New-Liberal Austerity job and social-benefits crunch.

A very strong statement from a 4th generation family farmer working a homestead established in 1889. It reminds us that the agricultural co-ops of the 19th century Progressive movement didn't die. The political arm died but many of the co-ops are continuing to work for Food Security and a fair deal for the family farmer.

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