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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

Worker Cooperatives

Businesses that are owned and democratically controlled by their workers/employees (called "worker-owners").

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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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January 26, 2023

Austin Design Cooperative's Conversion to Worker Ownership

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Chamois Holschuh tells the worker co-op conversion story of Austin Design Cooperative

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January 9, 2023

Latin American solidarity economies demonstrate the power of the people

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Solidaristic principles prove great in theory, but how do they hold up in practice? Specifically, in communities facing historical divestment and disenfranchisement, can mutualism and cooperativism serve as building blocks for crafting more equitable, sustainable economies and societies? 

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January 5, 2023

Worker Cooperatives: Building a Better Workplace

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Laura Flanders speaks to founder of the Community and Worker Ownership Project Rebecca Lurie, CEO of One Brooklyn Health LaRay Brown, and New York City Council Member Sandy Nurse about the recent enthusiasm surrounding worker cooperatives throughout the country, and what they can offer workers that traditional employment cannot.

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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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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 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.