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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

Economic Justice

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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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September 19, 2022

Sustainability of Worker Co-Operatives

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This article investigates ways in which worker co-operatives can contribute to a more
sustainable world, using the conceptual lens of Doughnut Economics.

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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 7, 2022

An interesting conversation about Mondragon

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There are a lot of misconceptions in the US about the Mondragon Cooperative Corporation. A conversation happened online recently that highlighted some of those.

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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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August 22, 2022

How the Ghana Susu System Helps the African Diaspora

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Canadian members of the African diaspora make use of traditional forms of group savings, known as susu, to overcome financial and cultural exclusion in the mainstream system. 

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August 11, 2022

Sociocracy and the Solidarity Economy

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The Community Purchasing Alliance is advancing the solidarity economy with the power of cooperative purchasing, shifting $17.9M to minority business enterprise (MBE) since 2017.

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August 1, 2022

The History of African American Cooperative Eco-Systems

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In this session, Jessica Gordon-Nembhard will discuss the history of African American mutual aid and cooperative economics, Black cooperative economic thought, the most prolific periods in the US African American Cooperative movement, and contemporary and previous examples of worker-owned cooperatives, lessons learned, and the way forward.

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July 21, 2022

Venezuelan Cooperatives

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Dario Azzellini tells Theresa Alt about Venezuelan cooperatives.

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July 14, 2022

Commoning and Changemaking

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It is now abundantly clear that the world we have inherited is no longer working, And yet there are many hopeful signs of people imagining and building a different type of future.