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[Editor's note: Below are four videos from the CommonBound 2016 closing panel "Moving Forward with a Plan to Win."  Makani Themba of Higher Ground Change Strategies sets the stage by asking us to consider what exactly we mean by a "new" economy, and how our New Economy will relate to the old, i.e.

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[Editor's note: the following short article was first published in 2001, in GEO Newsletter #44: Democracy within Co-opsCollective Copies now has 33 years in operation and is still going strong.]

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[Editor's note: The two videos below come from the 2008 documentary Beyond Elections: Redefining Democracy in the Americas.  The full documentary is available on Youtube  in Spanish, as well as in Portuguese.

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James Razsa talks with Josh Davis about the effort to establish Democracy Brewing in Boston, MA: a worker co-op brew pub, event center and organizing space. James also shares his thoughts on the relations between unions and co-ops, informed by his time working in both movements.

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As the online "sharing economy" devolves into poor labor conditions and monopolistic practices, the concept of "platform cooperativism" offers a hopeful vision for a more democratic online economy. This new wave of entrepreneurs, investors, and business developers are merging offline cooperative economics with the Internet in creative ways. We'll discuss how far this emergent movement has come, and explore some of the challenges it faces in the struggle for the future of the online platforms we increasingly depend on.

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Michael Johnson and Pamela Boyce Simms discuss the need for self-accountability in our movements and some of the ways to get there.

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One simple strategy for supporting the growth of co-ops in the U.S. and Canada is for cooperatives, collectives and their members to use their purchasing power to support the cooperative movement.
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A person can thrive only in a society in which they’re respected and let do what gives their life purpose. Once you experience this you can never go back. You’ll always try to improve and do your best for that society to flourish.

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[Editor's note: The 2nd Euromediterranean "Workers' Economy" Meeting is scheduled to take place October 28-30, 2016 in Thessaloniki, Greece.  The organizers are now seeking proposals from participants and allies and have asked GEO to share their request with our readers. Inquiries and proposals can be sent to info@euromedworkerseconomy.net]

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cross-posted from the Sustainable Economies Law Center blog

 

We want to create a worker cooperative…what legal entity should we form?

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[Editor's note: Below are two videos explaining the concept of the governance structure known as Sociocracy, and providing a case-study of it's use in practice at the Lost Valley intentional community in Dexter, Oregon.  There will be a workshop on Sociocracy as part of the upcoming CommonBound conference in Buffalo, NY this July 8th.  And a special thanks to Jerry Koch-Gonzalez and Ec

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cross-posted from YES! Magazine

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cross-posted from Shareable

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[Editor's note: Below are the stories of 10 democratic tech enterprises, collected by the Network of American Tech Worker Cooperatives (NATWC) for a publication they released in 2009.  Although these stories and the larger report of which they form a part are now 7 years old, we thought they were worth highlighting again now, given the ma

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