Linking Opposition & Alternatives

by Josh Davis

 

I am going to make what I’m sure will be a contentious claim: no organization that is not itself cooperatively organized has any business engaging in cooperative development.

On the face of it, this shouldn’t be a contentious sentiment, any more than saying that someone who wants to get paid to teach others to play the piano should be a piano player themselves . However, given the current makeup of much of the cooperative development sector, I’m guessing that this suggestion will rub more than a few people the wrong way.

cross-posted from the TESA blog

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Translated by Matt Noyes

(Thanks to Emi Do and Leo Sammallahti – MN)

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cross-posted from Shareable

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Why Does Patriarchy Persist?
Carol Gilligan [1] and Naomi Snider [2]
First published in 2018 by Polity Press

Put simply, patriarchy is contingent on subverting the human capacity to repair relationship: its hierarchy is premised on a loss of relationship and thereby on a sacrifice of love.

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Aaron Tanaka is founder and Director of the Boston-based Center for Economic Democracy. Aaron is also a community organizer, grant-maker, impact investor, and a founding organizer of the Boston Ujima Project, which brings together neighbors, workers, business owners and investors to create a new community-controlled regional economy. He is an Echoing Green and BALLE Fellow, and co-chair of the national New Economy Coalition and the Asian American Resource Workshop.

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Why and how people have been brought to pursue an economic subsistence through alternative means, broadly described as "the popular economy"
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cross-posted from Transnational Institute

What are the commons and what is their political, social and economic relevance?

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We have to transform our cities! Over 50% of the world's population lives in urban areas, and it's only increasing. Models for sustainable, equitable, urban community must be developed.

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Excerpted from the Winter 2018 edition of Communities, “The Culture of Intentional Community”—full issue available for download (by voluntary donation) here.

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cross-posted from YES! Magazine

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cross-posted from the P2P Foundation

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How can we be inclusive without spending all our time in meetings? How do we deal with power imbalances? How do we prioritise what to work on? How do we undo our programming and develop an open, collaborative culture? And where does accountability come from if there is no boss!?

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[Editor's note: The participants in this conversation are all users of Social.Coop, a cooperatively managed social network. To join Social.Coop, click here. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties during the recording session we lost a few minutes of Michaela's talk as well as a question from Emi. Our content manager promises to do better next time.

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An in-depth look into the inner workings of the commune system of Rojava and how they work in practice; I also call for people to form communes throughout North America and the world.

0:00-2:50 Defining the Commune

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