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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

United States

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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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May 27, 2014

Black Co-ops Were A Method of Economic Survival

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Jessica Gordon-Nembhard talks about her research into the history of African-American co-ops.

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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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June 27, 2022

Unions and Co-ops: Gem City Market

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A look at a multi-stakeholder cooperative with a worker-owner member class and bylaws that state neutrality toward union formation.

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June 13, 2022

Electric co-ops are well situated to lead the green energy transition

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A new report by the Democracy Collaborative has found that community utilities — those that are publicly or cooperatively owned — are better suited for a green transition than their for-profit corporate counterparts.

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June 9, 2022

Who’s On Today: Life in a Brooklyn Commune

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In this memoir, Elayne Archer describes daily life in the commune, its challenges, and its rewards. The memories of several commune participants, including three of the children, enrich the memoir and make it a vivid description of the time and of an alternative approach to living and raising children.

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June 7, 2022

Alliance Collective: A Mental Health Worker Co-op

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In this interview, Claudia and Billy focus on the differences between working in a cooperatively owned and managed mental health practice, and working in a traditional, capitalist, group practice.

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April 25, 2022

Mumbet's Freedom Farm

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Mumbet’s Freedom Farm is a Black and Brown-led cooperative farm located at the base of a mountain in Sheffield, Massachusetts. In this episode I speak with worker-owner DeeArah Wright about their journey from the city towards collective rural land stewardship.

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April 18, 2022

Black Women in Co-op Movement & CDF's “Unsung Heroes Project”

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Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, Ph.D., Professor at John Jay College, and economic social justice advocate discusses her research on Black women in the U.S. co-op movement, and the Cooperative Development Fund's "Unsung Heroes Project."

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April 11, 2022

Retaining Rural Businesses through Conversion to Employee Ownership

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Employee ownership, particularly in the form of worker cooperatives, offers a solution for business transitions.