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Twin Oaks Community Conference Banner If you let it, the Communities Conference can really shake you up.  Daring people who are trying new or untested lifestyles are presenting or in attendance.  Step outside your comfort zone a bit and start from the assumption that you could live somewhere else, or with other people and see what this event has to offer and demonstrate.

Community Economic Development (CED) scholars posit that creating worker cooperatives – businesses owned and managed by their workers – is a progressive approach to CED with the potential to go beyond job creation and spur grassroots political activism.

Paul Glover started the Ithaca Health Alliance in 1997 because it was clear that Big Insurance would never permit Congress to enact universal coverage. For $100/YEAR, members of the Ithaca co-op were covered for 12 categories of common emergency, to specified maximum amounts, anywhere in the world. http://www.ithacahealth.org After several years, they built their own free clinic.

From Jai Jai Noire out on the west coast:

1- Overview of the May 18th NoBAWC meeting/celebration

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NSDaLUnxVU

2- Bernard Marszalek on why coops need to define ourselves

http://youtu.be/4UKK5lQ1lIY

3- Community Colleges & Coops- a brief conversation

...we think differently about carpenters than most do.  First of all, when we hire a carpenter, we’re not just hiring a carpenter –  we are hiring a future owner, someone we imagine will stay here and with whom we will share ownership in five years.

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David Brancaccio, Marketplace Morning Report

Gar Alperovitz is a political economist and historian. His new book, called "What Then Must We Do: Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution", details systemic changes for the economy. He says co-ops are key to the nation's recovery.

The co-operative economy in the UK has grown 20% since the recession began in 2008.  During the same period, the number of co-ops has grown 28% and the number of memberships 36%.

"Co-operative enterprises across the UK represent a homegrown economy, one which is providing enduring solutions to the economic and social challenges of today’s society.

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