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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

Strategies for Change

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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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August 18, 2022

The Café That’s Upending Capitalism

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Cafe Euphoria isn’t just another co-op. Its trans and gender-nonconforming owners are pursuing a vision of radical equality.

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July 11, 2022

A Roadmap For High-Trust Communities

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Here's a short clip introducing Microsolidarity as a roadmap for high-trust communities.

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April 14, 2022

Is Entrepreneurship Intrinsically Capitalist?

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Worker cooperatives must develop a workplace culture that emphasizes innovation, creativity, product or market leadership, competitiveness, and risk-taking.

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January 20, 2022

Rwanda's Cooperatives of Trust

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How cooperatives have helped rebuild the infrastructure and trust of Rwandans after the 1994 genocide.

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January 10, 2022

Lessons from Venezuela's Social Economy

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Michael Lebowitz shares his perspective on the social economic models in Venezuela and Yugoslavia. Lebowitz highlights the importance of self-actualization through protagonism and how the most successful of these models focused on solidarity over self-interest.

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October 18, 2021

Reinventing Commons Governance in Modern Times

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I gave the following remarks about commons governance on September 27 as part of the U!REKA Lab Lecture Series.

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October 7, 2021

To Win or To Deliberate…That Is the Question

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In this blog I argue that root democracy, a central notion of the Growing Democracy Project, is the driving force of democratic deliberation: 1) wanting to hear and understand the other, especially when there is a conflict of any kind; and 2) being willing to disclose what is happening for you and what you want, especially in the context of a difficult problem.

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September 6, 2021

The Landscape of Co-op Development

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Applying the concept of rugged fitness landscapes to cooperative growth and development.

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July 22, 2021

The Uncommon Knowledge of Elinor Ostrom

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In the 1970s, the accepted environmental thinking was that overpopulation was destroying the earth. Prominent economists and environmentalists agreed that the only way to stem the tide was to impose restrictions on how we used resources, such as land, water, and fish, from either the free market or the government. This notion was upended by Elinor Ostrom, whose work to show that regular people could sustainably manage their community resources eventually won her the Nobel Prize. Ostrom’s revolutionary proposition fundamentally changed the way we think about environmental governance.