GEO 12 (II)

Workers Demonstrate for Worker Control (picture by Dario Azzellini)

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The United Nations has declared 2012 to be the "International Year of the Cooperative." This issue of GEO explores the significance of this declaration, ways that it connects with broader cooperative movement strategies, and other dimensions of building a stronger global cooperative/solidarity economy movement.

 

Coop: Made in USA - a new book

Institutions & Structures: 
Movements & Struggles: 
Practices, Tools & Strategies: 

Report on the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Conference, Berlin Germany, November 3-5, 2011

 

Is the time right for worker-owned enterprises to socialize or nationalize traditional businesses to create a more humane economic system?

That and other questions were debated at an international conference on cooperatives and advocates of worker self-management and control.

Movements & Struggles: 

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This article emerged out of conversations Michael had with Terry Mollner and his thinking about creating institutions grounded in the idea the common good. Terry’s book, The Love Skill: We Are Mastering the 7 Layers of Human Maturity, explores these ideas in depth. It will be out in May of this year. He has written a lot on the Mondragon Cooperative experiment, which can be accessed at www.trusteeship.org).

Visions & Models: 
Practices, Tools & Strategies: 

(EDITOR'S NOTE: In the article below Alberto Corbino gives us a view of the Solidarity Economy movement in Italy. He will be doing a lecture tour in the US this summmer. The idea is to continue discussing the subjects he reports on in the article here at universities, colleges, and centers of solidarity economic justice movements.

Regions: 
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Practices, Tools & Strategies: 

The International Year of the Cooperative is inspiring people in many ways. A month after the official UN declaration, cooperative organizations in Pittsburgh, including The East End Food Cooperative, Ujamaa Collective and those interested in starting cooperative organizations, gathered at The Big Idea cooperative bookstore for kick-off program.

Visions & Models: 
Practices, Tools & Strategies: 

What Steps Will You Take to Observe the International Year of Cooperatives?

 

Over the past year, staff of the National Cooperative Business Association has traveled the country talking with members and staff from cooperatives of all types, across all sectors of the economy. The topic has been how to take advantage of the marketing opportunity that is the International Year of Cooperatives. I’m writing here to talk about what’s being planned and what is available to cooperatives—but also to discuss the importance of marketing in and of itself.

Visions & Models: 

Support Passage of the National Cooperative Development Act!

Visions & Models: 
Economic Sectors: 

Could Cooperatives Become the Fastest Growing Business Model?

 

Movements & Struggles: 
Practices, Tools & Strategies: 

One billion people (yes, ONE BILLION!) on the planet are working together in cooperatives of all kinds.

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