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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

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May 27, 2014

Black Co-ops Were A Method of Economic Survival

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Jessica Gordon-Nembhard talks about her research into the history of African-American co-ops.

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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 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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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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October 27, 2022

Noise

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What Daniel Kahneman, Oliver Sibony, and Cass Sunstein's new book Noise has to offer for decision making in cooperatives.

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September 8, 2022

Cooperative Enterprise and Market Economy: Chapter 1

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The first problem that a theory of the cooperative phenomenon must address is the lack of a scientific concept of the cooperative enterprise.

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September 5, 2022

Our Business Schools Have a Blindspot

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Though co-operatives exist throughout Australian society, making a hugely valuable economic contribution, their distinctive nature and management requirements are largely ignored by university business schools.

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July 18, 2022

Beyond Platform Cooperativism

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Platform cooperativism is the union of technological potential with the strength of the cooperative organization. Worker-owned platforms can be laboratories, building local experiences to challenge the dominant dynamics of gig work. They can reinvent local economic circuits of production and consumption through platforms and improve working conditions while promoting mobility policies and improvements in public transportation, care services, and integration into the health system. This is both a promise and a potential of platform cooperativism.

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May 29, 2022

The Definitive Role of Culture in Social Change

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Culture is the primary driving force in human affairs—not ideology, not technology, and not “them.” I, like so many of us, want the world to change in ways that can enable it to work better in support of life, joy, love, and creativity. In spite of this, we have taken ourselves to the darkest edge, doing enormous damage to every form of life across our Earth, including ourselves. In both cases, it’s the work of the cultures we produce. At no point in our history has it been as necessary as now to learn how to use our cultures so that they serve, more and more, the welfare of life, and damage it less and less. I believe this makes understanding how culture works muy importante.

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April 4, 2022

Building Better Knowledge Commons

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This interview digs into the oligopoly control of academic publishing, the high prices of academic journals and books, the lack of choices among many scientists and scholars, the limited leadership of university administrations, and some open-access innovations now being developed.