These Neighbors Got Together to Buy Vacant Buildings. Now They’re Renting to Bakers and Brewers by Olivia LaVecchia. This article was produced by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, as part of its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and partners with a range of allies to implement public policies that curb economic consolidation and strengthen locally owned enterprise.
The intersection of Central and Lowry Avenues in northeast Minneapolis is bustling. On the northwest corner is a trifecta of local businesses: A bike shop, a cooperative brewery, and a bakery, in buildings with eye-catching exteriors of rough-hewn wood and silvery porcelain bricks. The neighborhood grocery co-op is one block up the street. “Is there a way to create a cooperative that would be in the business of creating more cooperatives?” This commercial stretch didn’t always look like this. “A lot of people looked at it as too big to tackle,” explains Leslie Watson, who lives nearby. In 2011, a group of dedicated neighbors came together to change that. This Way Out is...Out! Zingerman's: This is Ownership. Documentary films tell the story of the new economy.
Worker Cooperatives Can Revitalize Our Economy. From Sustainable Tompkins by Joe Marraffino and Gay Nicholson Leaders in the sustainability movement believe that the most promising economic development strategy available may be a focus on economic justice.
This would reduce poverty and increase tax revenues, strengthen democracy and the sense of a shared future, reduce the tax burden for social services, and increase support for investments in education and public infrastructure. All of these are part of a viable and sustainable local economy. Worker cooperatives can be an important tool in this strategy. While worker cooperatives have been a steady presence in modern history, they have surged during times of economic dislocation, and rapid cultural and technological change. The wave was given technical assistance by the NYS School of Industrial and Labor Relations and supported by government loans.
The Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions need a program to mobilize the creation of regional worker cooperatives. Like this: Welcome to the Northwest Cooperative Development Center on the web! Video abstract – Janelle Cornwell talks about ‘Worker Co-operatives and Spaces of Possibility’ Hot on the heels of Staff Reporter Jesse Goldstein’s two-part essay on the OWS Screenprinters Coop and Guild which explores questions of markets, commons, and alternative ways of organising economic activity (see here and here), we have here Janelle Cornwell from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst talking about her new paper ‘Worker Co-operatives and Spaces of Possibility‘.
Forthcoming in Antipode 44(3), the paper investigates what Janelle calls ‘subject space’ at Collective Copies, a worker-owned cooperative copy shop in Amherst, MA. Janelle’s contention is that if we are to understand the organisation and growth of capitalist space, we should also seek to understand the organisation and expansion of non-capitalist economic spaces or ‘diverse economies’. Her paper is based on three years of ethnographic research with Collective Copies, and with this video abstract she takes the reader ‘into the field’ in unparalleled ways… Like this: Like Loading... 10 Reasons Co-ops Rock Poster - The Toolbox for Education and Social Action. The potential of the co-operative business model. We’d like to thank Kate Whittle from Cooperantics for this guest post responding to my TEDx talk (The unstoppable rise of the collaborative economy) and exploring further one of the key facets, which is the potential of the co-operative business model.
Here’s the talk just in case you haven’t seen it. Shane Hughes TEDx Lausanne Very interesting TEDx talk by Shane Hughes, inspiring and thought-provoking. I’d like to add some thoughts on the potential of the co-operative business model as part of this collaborative economy. Shane includes the economic components of capital, labour, land and information in the ‘Electronic revolution’. In a co-operative, Labour hires Capital – capital becomes merely another resource that the business requires to produce its services or products. Suma Specialists Wholesale We need to wake up to the fact that the current business model – as exemplified in TV programmes like Dragons Den and The Apprentice – is not the only way of doing business. Why You Should Give (Part Of) Your Company To Your Employees. Todd Defren and Jim Joyal had built a company together.
Shift Communications had grown from a small PR startup to a company of 110 employees, with offices in Boston, New York, and San Francisco. They’d won a suite of awards, were doing strong revenue, and were beginning to receive overtures from larger companies about a possible acquisition. The only problem was that Defren and Joyal had “asymmetrical motivations,” as Defren puts it.
Joyal was over a decade older and ready to start thinking about estate planning. Data Commons Directory: show. Tech Co-op Network. Intentional Communities Directory - ecovillages communes cohousing. The Intentional Communities Directory is part of the Intentional Communities website, a project of the Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC).
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