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Arizmendi's Economic Democracy Demonstrations in Food and Housing

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April 13, 2020
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[Editor's note: you can read Tim's, 'A Cooperative Manifesto,' mentioned in the interview, here.]

Timothy Huet is an attorney and community organizer whose work focuses on worker cooperatives. He is a founder of and serves as In-House Counsel for the Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives, an enterprise which replicates successful worker cooperatives.  He has published articles on worker cooperatives and self-management in Dollars & Sense, The Stanford Law & Policy Review, Grassroots Economic Organizing, and Peace Review.  He served on the founding boards of the California Center for Cooperative Development, Western Worker Cooperative Conference, and the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives.  He also serves on the board of his housing cooperative (Mariposa Grove Co-Housing) and credit union (Cooperative Center Federal Credit Union).

Interview Highlights:

  • Tim describes his shift from taking a highly critical stance without any alternatives to offer to researching and stewarding a lasting viable economic alternative that fosters workers’ dignity

  • How Tim’s study of the Mondragon Cooperatives led to working with The Cheese Board Collective to create the founding design and strategy for Arizmendi

  • Tim describes Arizmendi’s networked ecosystem structure, it’s self-reliant scaling model, and the new construction and landscape design and build cooperatives

  • A breakdown of proven mentorship and training practices and strategies when on-boarding new worker-owners

  • The deeply positive impact of the company’s commitment and accountability to it’s workers and community


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Margaret Bau

Great interview! Tim - your cooperative manifesto is prophetic in the economic collapse we find ourselves in, exposed by the COVID pandemic. Thanks LIFT Economy for spending an hour with each guest to explore ideas. Well done!

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