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October 3, 2016

A Cooperative Manifesto

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Cooperative development is the most important social change work that a person can do.

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February 8, 2024

How Workers Bypass the Blockade: Voices from Indorca (Part III)

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Industrias del Orinoco, C.A. (Indorca) is a factory without bosses in Puerto Ordaz in Bolívar state, the home of Venezuela’s basic industries. Indorca’s workers carried out a heroic three-year struggle to gain control of the factory after the former owner brought it to a halt. Since 2015, when Venezuela’s Ministry of Labor extended a mandate giving the workers control over Indorca, the enterprise has been democratically managed by the women and men who produce here day in and day out.

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January 18, 2024

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Worker Co-ops

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Practical tools to build real diversity, inclusion, and racial justice, and need for a cultural shift- planned by CWCF's Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion ("JEDI") Committee as part of their action plan.

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January 16, 2024

Worker Control in a Capitalist Environment: Voices from Indorca (Part II)

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Industrias del Orinoco, C.A. (Indorca) is a factory without bosses in the industrial city of Puerto Ordaz in Bolívar state, the home of Venezuela’s basic industries. Indorca workers carried out a heroic three-year struggle to gain control of the factory after the former owner brought it to a halt. Since 2015, when Venezuela’s Ministry of Labor extended a mandate giving the workers control over Indorca, the enterprise has been democratically managed by the women and men who produce here day in and day out.

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January 1, 2024

A Factory without Bosses

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Industrias del Orinoco, C.A. (Indorca) is a factory without bosses in the industrial city of Puerto Ordaz in Bolívar state, the home of Venezuela’s basic industries. Indorca’s workers carried out a heroic three-year struggle to gain control of the factory after the former owner brought it to a halt. Since 2015, when Venezuela’s Ministry of Labor extended a mandate giving the workers control over Indorca, the enterprise has been democratically managed by the women and men who produce here day in and day out.

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December 14, 2023

Steps to Starting a Worker Co-op

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A series of 6 videos from CWCF on how to develop a worker co-op.

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May 8, 2023

Owning Together: Worker-Consumer Co-ops in Conversation

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“Multi-stakeholder” co-ops have become popular in recent years, but what does it really mean to bring different groups together for common ownership and governance?

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April 3, 2023

Should a Worker Co-op Have Investor Owners?

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Ajowa and Josh share their thoughts on whether worker co-ops should have investor shares with voting rights.

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March 30, 2023

The Newish Kids on the Block

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With an unprecedented 20+ new start-up home care cooperatives under development across the country, the home care cooperative sector has reached a tipping point. In this session learn from young co-ops about their reflections on the start-up experience, including what they wish they had known before, the surprises they encountered along the way, and their recommendations and tips for future start-ups.

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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.