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By Joel Schoening
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A school with no principals? It's like a shop with no bosses. Introducing "Teacher Cooperatives"!
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Rising costs of oil may give local economies a competitive advantage...
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A brainstorm on strategies for local economic development
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A radical cooperative press in Boston, since 1977.
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The "B Corp" (B for "beneficial) is growing in popularity among mission-driven businesses.
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A new report from the Insitute for Local Self-Reliance explores democratic routes to energy independence.
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Green economics and racial justice
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The Humboldt Exchange Community Currency
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A Biodiesel Worker Cooperative describes the world of globalized biofuels.
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A pictoral history of Depression-era scrip. Fascinating information about the historical uses of community currency in the U.S.
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People's Grocery is making speedy progress from a mobile organic food service cooperative towards developing a worker-owned cooperative grocery store in West Oakland in which local food and sustainable agriculture will be prioritized in a community health model centered on nutrition education for low-income residents of the community. At the same time, the cooperative is taking their business development goal beyond the single cooperative grocery store to a broader community development initiative focused on establishing a commercial and health service complex.
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By Lisa Stolarski

Both Hands in the Soil

There is an ethical imperative to shift the balance of economic power away from corporate Capitalism and toward economies that benefit us all. Beginning with this assumption, I will explain how it is possible for unions and worker cooperatives to collaborate strategically to take market share away from absentee-owned and wage labor capitalist enterprises and place control of resources and production in the hands of communities of working people.

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As labor organizers, we struggle in the field every day to improve the lives of workers; we are in search of tools and alternatives for working people that will meet the needs of today's casualized and insecure workforce, with shrinking or negligible benefits. It is in the spirit of innovative leadership that we propose that the labor movement use worker cooperatives, an alternative organizing strategy added to more traditional labor organizing methods, as a means of returning control of their lives to the American working people.
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While empathizing with those who feel a sense of "inevitability" in the face of today's powerful capitalist economy (and disagreeing with those who see it as generally acceptable), I hold firmly to the perspective that a more just and democratic economy is both necessary and possible. And I believe that the greatest chance of increasing and assuring viability for the workplace democracy movement may rest in our ability to keep our "eyes on the prize"; that is, on the long term replacement of capitalism?an economy which socializes costs and privatizes benefits?with an economy of democratic cooperation?in which costs and benefits are democratically and equitably shared throughout society.
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An employee-owned company has become the first "B" Corporation-- a new logo and certification that indicates social and environmental responsibility.
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The unMoney Convergence is an interactive (un)conference on the systemic transformation of money and its connection to the social transformation of the planet as a whole. 
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The cooperative business model is very popular in Vermont. Why is that? By Stephen Morris.
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The Lucy Parsons Center in Boston is a nonprofit, collectively-run radical bookstore and community meeting space. By Pat Tarantino.
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