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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

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March 29, 2024

Reflecting on the Movement: A Survey for Worker Cooperators

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A survey for cooperators, reflecting on the worker cooperative movement on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the founding of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives.

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October 3, 2016

A Cooperative Manifesto

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Cooperative development is the most important social change work that a person can do.

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May 27, 2014

Black Co-ops Were A Method of Economic Survival

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Jessica Gordon-Nembhard talks about her research into the history of African-American co-ops.

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June 17, 2024

Technology Cooperatives In The Movement - Where Are We Now?

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Tech worker cooperatives have the potential to provide particularly crucial infrastructure for the communication and coordination necessary for a liberatory movement and a robust and just economy.

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June 13, 2024

If this Is Us at 20, What Could We Be at 40?

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My main work over the past 44 years has been about figuring out how we can consciously develop democracy all over this country. This has included 16 years of active involvement with the cooperative/solidarity economic movements. I believe that bringing this developmental perspective to the cooperative movement can be a rich and productive way for celebrating the 20th birthday of the USFWC. 

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June 10, 2024

Towards Democratic and Ecological Cities

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Increasing popular dissatisfaction with the current state of urban life contains the seeds of a different city for the future. A growing number of people desire cities that will be viewed and managed as commons by their residents. Democratized urban space that will allow for a genuine right to the city to be experienced by the entire citizenry.

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June 6, 2024

2024 Reflections from John McNamara, Ph.D.

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John McNamara is an important player in the US worker co-op movement. For our coverage and reflections on 20 years of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, we naturally asked John for some reflections. He willingly gave us an interview and John filled out our survey.

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June 3, 2024

Report from the World Social Forum 2024, Kathmandu

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Here is a small window on a big event: a tent city in Bhrikuti Mandap park (a dozen 300-seater striped tents with PA systems, named for Himalayan mountains, and small kiosks for individual organisations) complete with street food and big yellow street-wild dogs; across a road streaming with mopeds, rooms in two faculties of the university (law, social work); and adjacent, the formal meeting hall and shady lobby of the Nepal Tourism Board.

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May 30, 2024

From “An Economy of Hope” to the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives

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While there are many people who contributed to the founding of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, I would like to provide reflections on the role played by the Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO) Newsletter Collective.

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May 27, 2024

The Benefits of Indivisible Reserves and their Connection to Communities

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A review of the benefits of indivisible reserves, their connection to community, and the early 19th century origin of these ideas are discussed in this article.