Preparations are continuing for the 2014 Communities Conference, and registration is open. This year’s event theme is Radical Resource Sharing.

Mayor Javier Gonzales wants to study the feasibility of creating a public bank in Santa Fe to grow the local economy by keeping taxpayer money in the city.

School’s out at Austin Polytechnical Academy, but Zaria Tyler still has work to do. She bends over a lathe, using sandpaper to smooth and polish a spinning piece of brass.

In New York City, co-ops today are more known for their strict (and some would argue overly discriminating) boards with price tags that can reach in the millions of dollars, but the origins of the cooperative housing model are actually more proletarian.

First, let’s start with a critique of the older cooperative models:

Yes coops are more democratic than their capitalist counterparts based on wage-dependency and internal hierarchy. But cooperatives that work in the capitalist marketplace tend to gradually take over competitive mentalities, and even if they would not, they work for their own members, not the common good.

“The Venezuelan government and commune movement are taking steps to move towards the creation of what is referred to as a “communal state”, which involves community organisations assuming collective control of local production and decision making.

[V]alues that exist only in relation to what they oppose are not enough to engender the collective spirit necessary to overthrow the most powerful corporate system in history and the ethos at its core. Some of the presenters confronted the weekend's spiritual problem outright.

COPAC has been engaged in building cooperatives and promoting alternative models of local development for over ten years. This guide is a result of these years of grassroots practice and learning.


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