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Want to communicate commons research to a wider audience and try your hand at video production? Now’s your chance! You are invited to take part in the IASC Commons Video Contest!

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Richard Bartlett and Natalia Lombardo from Loomio running a shorter version of their excellent workshop on Patterns for decentralised organising. If you work in any type of co-operative or non-hierarchical group and are interested in improving efficiencies and developing more successful collaboration within your team/s, this workshop is for you.

Puerto Rico’s state senate has taken steps to diversify its energy industry by passing a law on 27 August to provide a framework for co-ops in the sector.

The legislation aims to transform the territory’s energy sector and help communities become more resilient by forming co-operatives.

“For me, it was very personal,” she said. “I had seen the neighborhood go from probably lower middle-class to low-income neighborhood. I was very interested in doing whatever I could to stop my neighborhood from further deterioration.”

A fund created four years ago to support the UK worker co-op sector has reached £76,203, delegates at the UKSCS conference in Sheffield were told.

PeerTube is an exciting project that aims to bring video content to the fediverse, a decentralized supernetwork run and moderated entirely by volunteers. The platform is still very young, but an increasing amount of people are interested in exploring the prospect of media capabilities in federated systems.

After spending some time experimenting with the platform, I’ve come up with a guide to help others who want to check it out.

The solidarity economy is a global movement to build a post-capitalist world that puts people and planet front and centre, rather than the pursuit of blind growth and profit maximisation. It isn’t a blueprint but a framework that includes a broad range of economic practices that align with its values: solidarity, participatory democracy, equity in every dimension including race, class and gender, sustainability and pluralism, which means that it can’t be a one-size-fits all approach.

In a burst of entrepreneurial spirit, the workforce development field is showing new enthusiasm for an old idea: creating “social enterprises” to employ low income jobseekers.

The theory is enormously appealing. We can create good jobs for constituents who have a hard time finding work elsewhere and the profits will help fund our nonprofit organizations. The reality, however, is far more complicated.

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Employee-owned businesses offer a vital solution for the survival and success of small businesses. This legislation improves small business loan programs for employee-owned business concerns through the Small Business Administration.

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