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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

Support Organizations

Organizations that provide services, resources or any form of support to cooperative/solidarity economy initiatives or enterprises.

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January 4, 2024

Stitching a Co-operative Future in Victoria, BC

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In the heart of Victoria, British Columbia, a remarkable transformation story has been threaded by The Make House. What started as a 10-year-old sole proprietorship blossomed into a worker co-operative in December 2022.

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November 2, 2023

Field Notes from the Radical I.T. Department

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Years of being one of the "technical people" in activist circles resulted in my being continually called on to help community groups and fellow organizers understand and more correctly wield technology in service of their mission. Using my blogpost "Three Tips for Providing Tech Help to Non-Profits and Other Such Organizations" as a point of departure, I will share my experience and derived best practices.

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October 16, 2023

The Masters in Management: Co-operatives and Credit Unions Program Turns 20

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The International Centre for Co-operative Management offers management education in a multi-sectoral format that brings managers from producer, worker, and consumer co-ops and credit unions. The students learn together and share their models of co-operation. The result is a dynamic and engaging educational program that creates a unique management paradigm for the co-operative enterprise model.

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September 25, 2023

Mapping a Local Landscape of Care and Belonging

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Equal Care Coop and Clapton Commons are mapping a local landscape of care and support in Clapton Common, Upper Clapton. Using KUMU, a powerful system mapping platform, we are creating an interactive map that makes the often invisible grassroots networks of care and support more visible and accessible to people giving and receiving care.

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March 1, 2023

Opportunities for Innovation: Home Care Worker Cooperatives

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We are in the midst of a labor force crisis in the supply of direct service workers. The home care industry experiences a 67% average annual turnover in workers. The number of workers needed to provide home care and respite is going to escalate over the next 2 decades, exacerbating the crisis. The shortage is already acute in rural areas, and worsening in urban and suburban areas as well. An emerging solution is developing across the country through Home Care worker cooperatives.

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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 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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October 24, 2022

Teaching Solidarity: Popular Education in Grassroots U.S. Social Movements

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How one program tried and failed to carve out autonomous "free space" within a large affordable housing non-profit.

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August 15, 2022

Like Compost, But For Work

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Today on the Tuesday 8:00 Buzz with Dr. Damita Brown, Charity Schmidt from University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives and Madison Cooperative Development Coalition joins us to talk about cooperatives and her work helping cooperatives develop!

 

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June 30, 2022

This Southern Appalachian town uses co-ops to build new communities around old industries

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In the foothills of western North Carolina, the small town of Morganton is home to a growing co-op movement that’s reinvigorating the region’s once-struggling textile and furniture manufacturing industries, and refashioning them around egalitarianism and localism.