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Shift Change is an inspiring film that highlights worker cooperatives across the U.S. and in Mondragon, Basque Country of Spain.

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Located in the southeast corner of Iowa and in the heart of one of the largest Amish and Mennonite communities west of the Mississippi River, the Farmers Electric Cooperative has a hands-on, keep-it-simple approach to financing and building solar energy projects. The 650-member cooperative in the town of Kalona has established a varied and mostly self-financed portfolio of solar and clean energy programs since 2008.

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We tend to perceive our identities as stable and largely separate from outside forces. But over decades of research and therapeutic practice, I have become convinced that economic change is having a profound effect not only on our values but also on our personalities.

"An event can made participatory through an well-defined sequence of steps. First, a vision must be cast, identifying event goals and outcomes that will tap the passion and needs of participants and draw them into participation. This is followed by an iterative outreach process, speaking to prospective participants, communicating the event vision and evolving it based on their feedback.  Through the outreach process, one also identifies facilitators in the group: participants with an inclination towards sharing knowledge and supporting their peers."

 

While the growth of cooperatives in a wide variety of industries is promising, the bar for social transformation needs to be, and has been, raised. As P2P Foundation founder

[I]f we think of conferences or meetings as our tools for offline collaboration, then we need better tools. Our facilitation methodologies need to evolve and professionalize to focus on the experience and needs of participants.

In Corvallis, Oregon, a couple miles north of the Oregon State University campus, sits a WinCo Foods discount supermarket and, unless you’re in need of groceries, you might drive by without noticing it.

Please register a comment on a proposed USDA rule change that could help finance business conversions to employee ownership! Worker-owners, cooperative developers, and anyone who supports worker ownership is encouraged to take advantage of this very important (and time-sensitive) opportunity.

Enhancing the quality, availability and scope of cooperative education materials will be the subject of a webinar on November 10, 2 pm Eastern hosted by The Cooperative Foundation.  The webinar will discuss the findings of a survey of cooperative education providers in the United States conducted by Southern New Hampshire University to assess the current status of cooperative education

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