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The expansion of crowdfunding in the last few years has been quite vertiginous.  Hundreds of projects have been able to get off the ground around the world coming from very different backgrounds but united in the aim of creating a link between donors and the projects they sponsor.  Crowdfunding, for its practicality and usefulness, has expanded without any ideological limitation and while it served to finance

If I let on that, here in Oakland, there is a graphic design business, a bakery, a design-build firm, a business incubator and a bicycle courier company that all have one very important similarity, what would you guess it is that they have in common?  Say… you’re right: They are all worker-cooperatives. What a guess!

Matt and Eric interview co-op historian and novelist John Curl for Cooperative Vermont

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Though they end up as owners and decision-makers, workers in low-income communities often don't start off doing all the work of developing and growing a worker-owned cooperative themselves.

Mention the commons and most people conjure up the image of a bucolic English pasture. The commons were the fields and forests where medieval commoners farmed, raised sheep, gathered firewood, and in other ways met their everyday needs. That was before aristocrats and landed gentry evicted millions of people from their traditional lands and began the large-scale, industrialized abuse of nature.

A community without dollars is not a community without wealth – this basic insight lies at the heart of the community resilience movement. With income and wealth inequality still on the rise in our “post-recession” economy, communities are finding creative ways to meet their needs and maintain social ties through community-created forms of exchange, or complementary currencies.

PACA and NCBA are reopening the search for PACA's executive director role. The Executive Director will provide day-to-day leadership for PACA including strategic management and organizational leadership, financial supervision, grantwriting and fundraising, and promotion of PACA to internal and external audiences.

Co-hosts Matt Cropp and Eric Davis interview Jeremiah Ward of the Cooperative Development Institute about the trend of mobile home residents cooperatively purchasing their mobile home parks that has been growing since the 1980s, and discuss the experience of the creation the Milton Mobile Home Co-op with resident board members Val Sicard and Karen White.

 

Recently Zac Johnson, a Milwaukee community member and Michigan native who teaches fourth grade in the city, shared with me his views on the lack of attention cooperatives have received in the economic discourse of the gubernatorial race, particularly on the part of Democratic candidate for office Mary Burke. Zac himself is a member-owner and volunteer of several community cooperatives in his neighborhood of Riverwest.

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