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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy


September 7, 2023

The Banker Ladies Council


Meet the Black women organizers defying anti-Blackness to build a Canadian federation of Rotating Savings and Credit Associations.

Help Workers Save Anchor Brewing!

We are the workers of Anchor Brewery. We are brewers, production workers, managers, bartenders, and others who have come together to carry on the legacy of Anchor Brewing.

On July 12, we all received the devastating news that Sapporo intended to shut down the 127-year old business. Immediately, workers mobilized to do whatever they could to save the brewery and keep making the beer that we love.

September 11, 2023

Cooperative Enterprise and Market Economy: Chapter 7


In this chapter, Luis Razeto proposes a system of proportional voting in an organizational structure in which decision-making power and participation are distributed differentially, based on member contributions, in accordance with criteria of efficiency, justice, and democratic participation.

University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada

St. Mary’s University, Halifax, NS, Canada

September 14, 2023

Words Matter: Measuring the Cooperative Identity Crisis


Using text-as-data techniques, we apply the dictionary to a 15-year sample of credit union (a type of co-operative) and bank (IOFs) annual report texts. The resulting model ranks credit unions and banks on a co-op versus IOF firm scale and identifies credit unions that may be at risk of losing their identity because of their use of IOF language.

At 30, Brazilian Coffee Coop Expocacer Rebrands

One of the world’s largest coffee producer cooperatives, Brazil’s Expocacer, has rebranded with a new name and a focus on more sustainable agriculture and differentiation in the global specialty coffee market.

Formerly known, as “Expocaccer — Cooperative of Cerrado Coffee Growers,” the organization has dropped one “C” to become Expocacer, while maintaining its vision to expand the global reach of Cerrado Mineiro coffees.

Solidarity Economy: Alternative Spaces, Power and Politics

Solidarity economy-based alternative spaces result from an interface among structural factors, institutional regimes and forms of collective action that mobilise narratives of change, collective identities and non-capitalist economic practices.

A bipartisan idea to support workers and communities

As people who study and invest in strategies to address poverty and improve jobs, we have seen and heard the impact employee ownership creates. When you talk to leaders and workers at employee owned companies, you hear stories of deep collaboration and people pulling together to make their company successful. People talk about their co-workers as family. They talk about the dignity the work offers and how the workplace is often participatory, where everyone’s voices and ideas are heard. You hear the pride as they talk about their company and their role as owner.

Introducing the Louder Than Ten Workers’ Cooperative

Rachel and I started Louder Than Ten because we didn’t want to be subjected to that. We wanted autonomy over our basic needs and the single biggest thing that can offer financial security—our jobs. We believed the only way to control our destiny was to own our company instead of having bosses with so much control and influence over our livelihoods.

September 18, 2023

What is the Union Cooperative Initiative?


At the June 2023 meeting of the USFWC's Union Co-ops Council, Jonny Sopotiuk presented on the Union Cooperative Initiative (UCI), an exciting project out of Vancouver, BC founded in 2021. Jonny shares about the history of the UCI, its co-ops and prospects, their strategies, and how the union co-op model is proving successful.

Native ‘hempsters’ follow global cooperative example

A global enterprise based in Spain may seem an unlikely role model for a fledging American Indian initiative. But inspired by its success, Winona’s Hemp and Heritage Farm in Anishinaabeg territory is sowing the start of an intertribal cooperative consortium.

O’Donal’s Nursery is Maine’s newest worker-owned cooperative!

O’Donal’s Nursery is always busy during the harvest season, but there has been an extra buzz this year. This season marks the garden center’s first as Maine’s newest worker-owned cooperative.

O’Donals is widely known and regarded by gardeners, homeowners, and landscapers throughout northern New England. Founded in 1953 by Royce and Selma O’Donal, Jeffrey O’Donal purchased the business from his parents in 2006. Last year, O’Donal announced he was ready to retire, but wanted to find a way to maintain the family-owned ethos in the transition.

Lancaster Music Co-op's future secured by council deal

The future of a music co-operative has been secured after it signed a "momentous" deal with the city council.

Lancaster Music Co-op (LMC), which started in 1985, said Lancaster City Council had signed a 99-year lease for its base on Lodge Street and provided a grant to help fund essential repairs to the building.

The venue has been closed since 2021 after the building was declared unsafe.

The LMC's Holly Blackwell said it was "absolutely joyous" news for the city.

September 21, 2023

Musician Cooperativism at Groupmuse


Groupmuse was founded in 2013 as a platform that organizes house concerts in the United States, and converted to a worker-owned cooperative in 2020.

Ghana’s Informal Economy is a Case Study in Post-capitalist Development

Susu means “little by little” and also “to plan” in Ghana’s Twi language. Members of a Susu contribute a set amount of money regularly, which is then pooled together and given to each member in turn over a defined period. The bulk sum allows members to accumulate capital, making it easier for them to embark on business ventures, make larger purchases, pay for school fees, weddings, or funerals, and fulfill other needs. While this is the loose structure, each Susu group has its own set of rules.