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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

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December 29, 2022

Sutton Community Farm and the politics of community agriculture

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Founded in 2010, SCF is run as a community benefit society, a type of co-operative, whereby the farm business is owned by roughly 400 members of the public and counting.

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December 27, 2022

Cooperatives are Key to Climate Action

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By providing an alternative to extractive or exploitative practices of profit and growth focused business models, cooperatives provide an off-ramp to a sustainable economy.

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December 22, 2022

NYC's Christmas Tree Cooperative

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Ellis from New York State of Pine discusses the Christmas tree business and how he became a worker-owner.

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December 19, 2022

Harvesting is an act of indigenous food sovereignty

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In the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada, getting out in a canoe to harvest manoomin, or wild rice (Zizania palustris), is a political assertion of indigenous food sovereignty for Anishinaabe people.

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November 21, 2022

Growing Worker Co-ops in Vermont

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Bret Keisling is joined by worker-owners Alex Fischer and Andrew Stachiw who discuss USFWC's (US Federation of Worker Cooperatives) efforts to network and grow worker co-ops in Vermont to further societal goals including economic, racial, and social justice, and working in business as anti-capitalists.

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November 14, 2022

FOOD COOP in Metaphors

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The message conveyed by the film Food Coop, from the perspective of the metaphors used by the members of the PSFC to describe their experience of the organization, is one of complexity.

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November 10, 2022

An Introduction to Some Common Business Models

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Nathan Brown of Co-op Culture discusses some common types of business model.

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November 3, 2022

The Cost of Not Going Co-op

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Cooperative ownership offers a way for residents to not only have a say in their community’s decision-making, but also to prevent rent hikes and keep their housing costs affordable.

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October 31, 2022

The Solidarity Economy Experiments of Indonesia's Peasant and Fisher Movements

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Examining several solidarity economy projects by farming and fishing communities, this paper seeks to evaluate the limits and achievements of such experiments. Tentatively, it argues that these experiments offer possibilities for a democratic and sustainable arrangement of communal ownership and resource allocation. However, these practices remain limited to the local level. Through this inquiry, this study hopes to intervene dispossession- and oligarchy-centric explanations of Indonesia’s rural political economy.