In the Bronx borough of New York City stands a proud pioneering housing co-operative affectionately known as The Amalgamated.

Could Jackson, Mississippi become the capital of cooperative economics in the south?  Mayor Chokwe Lumumba imagined it this way, championing a vision of solidarity economics to heal the city's economic wounds and move forward into a new, more inclusive economy.

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A vision of a community-led “solidarity economy” is capturing the attention of a new generation of progressive New Yorkers.  Seeking to address the ecological, economic, and political crises of our time, local groups are reinvigorating cooperative economic models and inventing new ones, putting into action a vision for an economic system that is based on values of social and racial justice, ecological sustainability, c

On Sunday, Germany’s impressive streak of renewable energy milestones continued, with renewable energy generation surging to a record portion — nearly 75 percent — of the country’s overall electricity demand by midday.

Chang believes co-operatives need to demonstrate their relevance. He points out that people are unaware of the number of co-operatives, while high profile co-operatives “have done things that you wouldn’t normally associate with being a co-op” and businesses like Waitrose “don’t shout about being a co-op”. Quite simply, “co-ops haven’t kept up”.

We the Owners is an award-winning documentary film of three US companies that share ownership and responsibility with their employees to achieve common goals of having meaning and purpose at work, creating participative and empowering work places, and defining success beyond shareholder value.

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These last few weeks many in national media have been mesmerized by the saga of Donald Sterling and his confessions of personal and systemic racism. Black communities have engaged in a lively discussion of “what they should do,” “what I would do” and “what I have done” when confronting institutional racism in the workplace.

The Worker Cooperative National Conference is coming up, May 30th - June 1st. 

400+ inspired participants. Dozens – even hundreds – of worker cooperatives in all stages, from concept, to conversion, to growth. The U.S.’s leading lenders, funders, educators, and businesses supporting the cooperative economy. International guests bringing their wisdom and perspectives.

And you.

At the close of 2013 there was a 23% increase in the creation of worker cooperatives than at the same time the previous year. Up to 2013, there had been 10 points’ worth of fewer job losses in cooperatives than in other company types. Worker cooperatives are currently creating net employment, in a country where there are 5 million people unemployed.

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