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June 10, 2024

Towards Democratic and Ecological Cities

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Increasing popular dissatisfaction with the current state of urban life contains the seeds of a different city for the future. A growing number of people desire cities that will be viewed and managed as commons by their residents. Democratized urban space that will allow for a genuine right to the city to be experienced by the entire citizenry.

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May 2, 2024

Working the Co-op and Trusting the Land

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Yuill Herbert, a co-founder and long-time worker member at Sustainability Solutions Group, joins us to talk about life in an expanding co-op, and the 100-acre land trust he also helped start.

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April 8, 2024

The GKN Workers’ Fight Continues

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What follows is the midnight speech on 31 December 2023, by Dario Salvetti, an ex GKN worker and shop steward, and one of the spokespersons of Florence’s GKN Factory Collective.

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March 7, 2024

Power to the People

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At a moment when the world is awakening to the clear and present need to transition our energy system, a hopeful light gleams from the rural landscapes of America. The Rural Power Coalition (RPC), a diverse alliance of US advocacy groups serving rural communities from Alabama to Alaska, has taken another step forward with the release of “Power to the People: The Story of Rural Electric Cooperatives.” This animated short film that premiered today during the annual PowerXchange Conference in San Antonio, Texas, is not just a tale of the past; it’s a clarion call for a greener, more equitable future.

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February 5, 2024

Solar Co-ops and Why They (Could) Rule

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In today’s episode we talk with author, professor, and activist Ashley Dawson about the neoliberal city in the context of climate change and the liberatory potential inherent in community solar energy projects.

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November 20, 2023

The Pioneers of Cooperativism and Climate Justice: Owen, Fourier, Du Bois

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In response to the ambitious call of the Platform Cooperative Consortium, I will seek to examine them through the lens of environmental scholars. Can these cooperative pioneers also provide insights into climate justice?

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August 21, 2023

Ecology Councils: Grassroots Climate Strategies from Mesopotamia

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In different parts of Mesopotamia environmental movements have been feverishly nurturing the emergence of the grassroots institution of the ecology council for the preservation of communal livelihoods.

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July 17, 2023

Economics for Emancipation: Tame, Smash, Escape

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Francisco  Pérez and Sarah Wang of the Center for Economic Democracy discuss the Economics for Emancipation online course.

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June 8, 2023

Transitioning between the Business as Usual Economy and the Next Economy

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The Business As Usual (BAU) economy has deep-seated and systemic problems. Before addressing how to make a transition to the Next Economy, it is important to understand these problems so that it is clear why this transition is needed in the first place.

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January 17, 2023

Rojava-U.S. Co-op Exchange

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This is the 10 December 2022 phone bank and exchange between Americans and Rojava cooperator Kraker.