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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

local living economies

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September 5, 2022

Our Business Schools Have a Blindspot

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Though co-operatives exist throughout Australian society, making a hugely valuable economic contribution, their distinctive nature and management requirements are largely ignored by university business schools.

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June 30, 2022

This Southern Appalachian town uses co-ops to build new communities around old industries

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In the foothills of western North Carolina, the small town of Morganton is home to a growing co-op movement that’s reinvigorating the region’s once-struggling textile and furniture manufacturing industries, and refashioning them around egalitarianism and localism. 

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May 26, 2022

The Global Movement for Localization

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Across the world, a quiet revolution is emerging. Countless grassroots groups, civil society organizations and individuals are coming together to forge a more hopeful path to the future: away from the destructive global consumer culture, towards healthy communities grounded in strong local economies.

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January 19, 2022

Reading "The Nature of Order: A Vision of a Living World"

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For some time now I have been reading, a page or two at a time, Christopher Alexander's four volume work The Nature of Order: An Essay on the Art of Building and the Nature of the Universe, which is marvelous, idiosyncratic, visionary, and practical, the product of deep collaborative experience and a free mind.

The third and fourth volumes are more focused on architecture, which is Alexander's field. Not being an architect, I discovered that one way to regain my concentration/curiosity when reading his description and analysis of the process followed in contracting and carrying out particular building projects is to imagine that he is describing the process of organizing a cooperative, or some other social movement-building project. I can then see how the deep patterns and principles are relevant to the work.
 

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July 1, 2021

Rethinking the Farming Economy

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A Vermont nonprofit is connecting independent farms with buyers and distributors, reducing food surplus and working to eliminate food insecurity.

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February 26, 2021

Organizing for food sovereignty in Boston

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Organizing for Food Sovereignty in Boston: A Personal History” with Greg Watson.