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Join the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA CLUSA) and your peers from other cooperative sectors for the 2014 Co-op Talks.. These gatherings are designed to bring together leaders from all cooperative sectors and provide the opportunity to network and grow strategic alliances. And, we want to hear your ideas on how to grow the cooperative culture during the Nosh with NCBA CLUSA. Bring your entire leadership team and learn the advantages of cooperating among other cooperators.

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Everyone’s talking about romantic love. But what about collective love? We asked some of our favorite solidarity economy groups to talk about how they practice love, just in time for Valentine’s day.

Read the story from SolidarityNYC on Buzzfeed.com

“Food is the best, the clearest manifestation of ‘a tale of two cities,’ ” said Joel Berg, executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, contrasting brownstone Brooklyn, thick with farm-to-table restaurants and of-the-moment cafes, with the borough’s eastern and central areas, where many can barely afford to eat.

Every year the Future Co-operatives conference tries to engage delegates in an active debate on a given topic. This year’s theme was “Relationship counselling for co-ops”.

In the UK and across the world, co-operatives help provide a better life for immigrants and asylum seekers. While the British media continues to debate the positive and negative effects of immigration, little attention has been given to successful enterprises set up or led by immigrants – many of these being co-operatives.

Saturday, March 1st, 2014
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: The Shop at 97D Webster St, Worcester, MA

Worcester Roots will be holding a 10th Year Anniversary Celebration for all the hard work we have done over the years and to create a lasting vision for change in our community.

It was a small cooperative store on a little known island off the coast of South Carolina. During the harshest days of the civil rights struggle, embattled black leaders came through its doors seeking inspiration.

"Most clients gifted me with payment, and the payment is more than I ever received in the traditional model, which was based on negotiation and the lowest bid wins, instead of the Gift model which is based on mutual respect and fairness.

Working in the gift does not mean that I work for free, or that I give my work away without care. It means that people trust me to build them a website, and I trust them to support my work as they believe fair.

By Rebecca Burns, for In These Times  

Do companies like Lyft and Airbnb help democratize the economy?

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