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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

Innosanto Nagara

Innosanto Nagara is another coop geek who has been working in worker coops since 1995. He is one of the founding members of Design Action Collective in Oakland and before that, he was a worker-owner at Inkworks press for seven years. Both are flat-structured and union shops. At various times he has been active in the Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives, was at the founding of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, and served on the board of the Western Worker Cooperative Conference. In his home life he lives in a cohousing community he built with five other families and he trains martial arts at Suigetsukan, a collectively-run dojo in Oakland. He is originally from Indonesia, is a graphic designer and activist with a degree in zoology. And he is the author of the children's books A is for Activist and Counting on Community, and an upcoming book and music CD set of Indonesian children's songs