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Melissa Hoover, executive director of the Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI), says that coop conversions are one of the most promising sources of new cooperatives as they already have customers, assets and employees, which makes it less risky than a startup.

Dear Coop community,
 
We are seeking 2 qualified Cooperative Developers to work at the Center for Family Life in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The position would commence July 1st and would entail working in a team setting to provide incubation support and technical assistance to new and mature cooperatives.
 

There has been a growing buzz about what kind of economy we need in order to address wealth inequality, environmental unsustainability, and lack of democracy. Clearly, many desire something new and dramatically different.

Enormous amounts of capital have been amassed of late under the banner of the so-called "sharing" economy, characterized by companies such as Uber and Airbnb that have garnered multi-billion dollar valuations for creating platforms in which individuals offer their services and property for rent.

Capitalism is in crisis. Yet, well armed, it dominates humanity and the planet. While we may feel trapped in this system, there are tools for building another in its nooks and crannies.

"The City Council secured $1.2 million in funding to support the expansion of worker cooperatives throughout the City to help low-income and minority New Yorkers become business owners."

Read the press release here

We’ve decide to extend our Early Bird Registration period to July 11th, so that more of you can take advantage of our hugely discounted conference rates. Here are a few important reasons you should register now:

Register for the conference (Oakland and Vallejo, CA) here

Deer Isle and Stonington, ME, June 17, 2014–Employees of three rural Maine businesses–Burnt Cove Market, V&S Variety and Pharmacy, and The Galley–are now the owners. All of them.

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