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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

Consumer Cooperatives

Member-owned and democratically-controlled associations though which consumers collectively purchase and distribute goods/services.

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January 23, 2023

Mountain Equipment Catastrophe

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Dru Oja Jay is joined by Kevin Harding, one of the organizers of a spirited hail-mary attempt to save Mountain Equipment Co-op from being sold off to a US private equity firm.

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December 15, 2022

If You Really Want Good Food, You Have to Work Here

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Reflections on the documentary film FOOD COOP, and the discussion panel that GEO held to talk about the film and the food co-op world.

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November 17, 2022

A Conversation About FOOD COOP

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A conversation about the film FOOD COOP with the filmmaker, Tom Boothe, and a panel of food co-op experts.

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November 8, 2022

Join GEO and Friends to Watch and Discuss FOOD COOP

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GEO is hosting a 3 day on-line screening of the documentary FOOD COOP, as well as a panel discussion of the film.

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September 12, 2022

The Genius of Ella Jo Baker

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Ella Baker is well-regarded as a giant in the Civil Rights Movement, known for her unique participatory grassroots organizing style and also for her ability to galvanize young people to bring a militancy in the struggle to end segregation. But Baker is less known for her innovative organizing prowess before the 1960s – forming a network of self-help cooperatives to bring economic relief to black people during the Depression.Ella Baker is well-regarded as a giant in the Civil Rights Movement, known for her unique participatory grassroots organizing style and also for her ability to galvanize young people to bring a militancy in the struggle to end segregation. But Baker is less known for her innovative organizing prowess before the 1960s – forming a network of self-help cooperatives to bring economic relief to black people during the Depression.

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September 1, 2022

African Heritage Food Co-op

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The African Heritage Food Co-op (AHFC)  was formed so that Black communities in Western New York State, including Niagara Falls and Buffalo, can take ownership of their food system, create jobs and use resources to improve the health and well-being of residents.

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August 25, 2022

The Twin City Co-op Wars

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The Co-op Wars traces the history of the food cooperative movement in the mid to late 1970s in Minnesota's Twin Cities. The rapid development of the food co-op network in the area prompted a split between anarchist "hippies" and Bolsheviks who styled themselves as the “Cooperative Organization” and set about taking over the People's Warehouse by force.

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July 4, 2022

Steps to Organizing a Cooperative

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Margaret Bau of USDA Rural Development makes a presentation on the steps to start a cooperative.

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June 13, 2022

Electric co-ops are well situated to lead the green energy transition

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A new report by the Democracy Collaborative has found that community utilities — those that are publicly or cooperatively owned — are better suited for a green transition than their for-profit corporate counterparts.

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March 28, 2022

Pool Yourself Together

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Degrowth, as a form of resource reloca(aliza)tion through social action, should also be considered as not only an answer to climate change but a form of intrinsic social practice that is present in humankind.