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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

United States

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August 24, 2023

Limited Equity Co-ops and Community Land Trusts

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This country needs more affordable homeownership options. And more communities are looking to the long-established Limited Equity Cooperative (LEC) and Community Land Trust (CLT) models to provide a permanently affordable way to provide homes for low and moderate-income individuals and families. But how do these models work to provide housing ownership and stability? Who controls the decision-making, and how do you get them financed and developed?

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July 24, 2023

The Co-op Wars

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THE CO-OP WARS tells the story of the idealistic youth who tried to build an alternative to corporate capitalism, the violent struggle that almost tore them apart, and their eventual success in ways they never foresaw.

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July 6, 2023

Solidarity Economics

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Professor Jessica Gordon-Nembhard explores the potential of cooperatives and solidarity economics as pathways towards economic democracy and justice.

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June 29, 2023

Movement Lawyering for Georgia Worker Cooperatives

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This article analyzes a proposed law to recognize worker cooperative formation in Georgia and proposes how movement lawyers can support organizers’ efforts to build a solidarity economy through and beyond this bill.

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June 12, 2023

Recommendations for Practicing Language Justice

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Suggestions from two long time translators for practicing language justice.

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May 22, 2023

A GreenStar For All

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How a 50 year old food co-op in Ithaca practices diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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May 18, 2023

What Sweden Can Teach the U.S. About Overcoming the Housing Crisis

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Can studying cooperative housing in Sweden teach the U.S. how to overcome the moderate-income family housing crisis?

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May 8, 2023

Owning Together: Worker-Consumer Co-ops in Conversation

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“Multi-stakeholder” co-ops have become popular in recent years, but what does it really mean to bring different groups together for common ownership and governance?

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April 27, 2023

Foster & Iaione Probe Commoning in the City

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How might the commons paradigm be applied to cities in a more focused, effective way?  To find some answers, I recently interviewed two leading thinkers and advocates for urban commons, Sheila R. Foster and Christian Iaione.

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April 24, 2023

Worker Co-ops Fund Themselves, Solve Equipment Crisis

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How the VAWC Inter-cooperative Loan Fund helped save the fledgling worker co-op Flat Iron Coffeehouse.