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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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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.

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June 24, 2021

How to Strengthen the Cooperative Community

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E.G. Nadeau discusses what the cooperative movement could do to strengthen co-op development around the world.

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June 18, 2021

Black Socialist and Black Capitalist Get It On

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An exceptional discussion between Cornel West, black socialist, and Glen Loury, black capitalist.

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April 15, 2021

Cities Beyond Bureaucracy

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Urban researcher Nikos Vrantsis interviews Yavor Tarinski, author of Common Futures: Social Transformation and Political Ecology, on the current bureaucratic state of cities and the democratic perspectives offered by autonomous urban movements. 

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March 15, 2021

Young People and Cooperatives: A Perfect Match?

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This report presents the results of a collaborative research project on the theme of cooperatives and youth, developed by the ICA and its four regional offices under the ICA-EU Partnership for international cooperative development (#coops4dev).

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January 11, 2021

Investing in Real Cooperation

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Matt Cropp talks about what the Oak Street Cooperative and Vermont Real Estate Co-op have been up to.