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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

Democratic Dialog & Deliberation

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January 23, 2023

Mountain Equipment Catastrophe

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Dru Oja Jay is joined by Kevin Harding, one of the organizers of a spirited hail-mary attempt to save Mountain Equipment Co-op from being sold off to a US private equity firm.

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October 27, 2022

Noise

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What Daniel Kahneman, Oliver Sibony, and Cass Sunstein's new book Noise has to offer for decision making in cooperatives.

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August 4, 2022

More Than Ownership

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Much of the discussion on open source's relevance to cooperatives has focused on open, permissive licenses that represent a 'digital commons' (possibly at risk of appropriation). But debate over licensing misses an essential and unique quality of open source: its democratic toolset which is much more sophisticated than resolutions and Annual General Meetings.

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May 9, 2022

Sociocratic Governance in Unicorn Grocery Co-op

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Unicorn Grocery is a thriving worker-owned, values-driven grocery co-op using sociocracy for its governance in Chorlton, Manchester, UK. They consist of 71 members who all work within the cooperative and are also the directors of the business.

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March 7, 2022

Isthmus Engineering: A Case Study on Worker Co-op Governance

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This webinar brings to life a case example of a worker-owned co-operative in a technical field.

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December 2, 2021

Intro to Cooperative Governance and Management

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An introduction to cooperative governance and management from the Sustainable Economies Law Center.

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November 4, 2021

Horizontalidad: Love and Care as Affective Revolutionary Practice

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Marina Sitrin discusses the concept and practice of "horizontalism" in Argentina.

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November 1, 2021

Key Facilitation Skills: Trusting the Force

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One the most important skills that a facilitator can develop is their intuition—the sense of what to do in a given situation, even when the rational pathway to that choice is obscure.

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October 28, 2021

A Failure of Cooperative Governance

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Professor Imanol Basterretxea discusses some of the governance failures that helped lead to the collapse of the Mondragon cooperative Fagor Electrodoméstico.