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Commoning is primary to human life.  Scholars used to write of ‘primitive communism’.  ‘The primary commons’ renders the experience more clearly.  Scarcely a society has existed on the face of the earth which has not had at its heart the commons; the commodity with its individualism and privatization was strictly confined to the margins of the community where severe regulations punished viol

Crowdfunding is everywhere. People are using it to fund watches, comic books, even famous film directors are doing it. In what is now a $6 billion industry globally, I think the most interesting, disruptive, and exciting work that's happening is in donation-based crowdfunding.

HuffPost Live's Nancy Redd interviews Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin, makers of the Shift Change documentary, and Rodney North, worker-owner at Equal Exchange Co-op about what it takes to create a successful worker cooperative.

Arrosteguis is one of 78 participants in a project that seeks to recognise the unpaid work of women in Nicaragua’s agriculture sector. “Women provide integral support to the farming process, whether it’s preparing food at home, say, or helping directly with the harvest.

There's a place in Oakland where citizen scientists are working to perfect vegan cheese, hackers are designing a low-cost community Internet service and former Occupiers are taking another stab at changing the world.

Shareable has been expanding its organizing program to support the creation of sharing cities for over a year. We've offered seed funding for new sharing projects, coordinated global events like the #MapJam and ShareFests, sponsored a fellowship program, hosted numerous trainings, and facilitated the international Sharing Cities Network (SCN).

The Winter 2014 Drexel Policy Notes is devoted to cooperatives.  Articles in this issue consider economic democracy and community development, mapping the social demographics of cooperatives, and food co-ops in commercial corridors.

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Before I went to the 2014 NASCO Institute, I assumed that my relationship with cooperatives was, realistically, coming to a close. I graduated from UC Davis over a year ago and am therefore not eligible to live in student cooperative housing. My most recent experience living in a non-student cooperative housing made me wonder if I have enough energy to live cooperatively and be a member of the workforce.

With the recent announcement that the US will normalize relations with Cuba, change is in the air for the island country. Just a few years before this, Cuba began shifting its economy from state-controlled enterprises to citizen-controlled cooperatives.

[Editor's note: this series of videos was produced by the Renaissance Community Coop.  Part one discusses the problems faced by neighborhood residents following the closure of the local Winn-Dixie grocery store.  Part two looks at how a community-owned grocery store can help solve those problems.  Part three details the numerous community organizations and individuals who are working to make RCC a reality.

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