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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

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June 17, 2024

Technology Cooperatives In The Movement - Where Are We Now?

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Tech worker cooperatives have the potential to provide particularly crucial infrastructure for the communication and coordination necessary for a liberatory movement and a robust and just economy.

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May 27, 2024

The Benefits of Indivisible Reserves and their Connection to Communities

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A review of the benefits of indivisible reserves, their connection to community, and the early 19th century origin of these ideas are discussed in this article.

 

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May 24, 2024

The US Worker Cooperative Movement Turns 20

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GEO is kicking off a special collection in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the founding of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives.

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May 9, 2024

Liberation Economist - Part 1

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GEO interviewed Mance in early 2024 hoping to better understand his work and thoughts on solidarity economy, particularly with regards to the Solidarius.net platform. The interview was conducted in Spanish, and has been edited for clarity.

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April 1, 2024

Indigenous Community Care: Traditions of Reciprocity

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In early 2024, the Post Growth Institute ran an Offers and Needs Market (OANM) facilitator training program with predominantly rural Native American families from the Southern Oregon Education School District (SOESD) Indian Education program. This article is inspired by my experience as the lead program designer and facilitator.

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March 28, 2024

Flora Cooperative and Cooperation Milwaukee

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Jay Geils talks about the multi-faceted Flora Cooperative and the co-op network Cooperation Milwaukee.

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February 29, 2024

‘New Economies’ and the Rebuilding of Democratic Power

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We need to look more directly at how we can stimulate a new structural transformation of civil society. It will be a broad process that explores how we can rebuild democratic power to facilitate mass involvement in civil society and, by extension, our political system. Though there seems to be an instinctual knowledge of this problem, many are unaware of this prehistory of civil society, and understandably find it difficult to see an alternative to the memberless NGO, whose unelected governance, unreliable funding streams, and informal support base is inadequate to the challenges of the present, let alone the disruptions of the future.

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February 12, 2024

Global Tapestry of Alternatives: Weaving Transformative Connections

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Macro-transformation does not happen from individual initiatives acting alone: large shifts become possible when a critical mass of movements for radical resistance and constructive alternatives is able to coalesce through horizontal networks.

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February 1, 2024

Commons and Commoning: A Progressive Vision of a Good Society

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I delivered the following remarks last week at the Oxford Real Farming Conference, in Oxford, England, on January 5, 2024. It was part of a session in the Oxford Town Hall with the noted British activist-scholar-commoner Guy Standing, entitled, "Commons and Commoning: A Progressive Vision of a Good Society." 

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December 11, 2023

Moving Upstream

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Healthcare-based interventions addressing social needs such as food and housing generally fail to impact the upstream wealth and power inequities underlying those needs. However, a small number of US healthcare organizations have begun addressing these upstream inequities by partnering with community wealth building initiatives. These initiatives include community land trusts, resident-owned communities, and worker cooperatives, which provide local residents ownership and control over their housing and workplaces. While these partnerships represent a novel, upstream approach to the social determinants of health, no research has yet evaluated them.