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People of Shambhala interviews  Michael Johnson, a co-founder of SolidarityNYC and GEO editor, about what he describes as “a very positive,” “non-ideological” movement of businesses and cooperatives that aim to make the world a better place while supporting themselves and improving their own lives.

Sofia Gallisa Muriente talks about her experience with people-powered disaster relief during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  Click here to make a donation to Occupy Sandy.

In this video, Rick Juliusson--farmer and owner of Free-Range Consulting--discusses issues concerning financing, ownership and governance of ecovillages.

 

The co-op movement has been getting a lot of mainstream press lately...mostly bad.  The bankruptcy of Fagor Electrodomestics in Spain and the near-failure of the Cooperative Bank in the UK have made front-page news, but the focus on these two outliers is obscuring the fact that cooperative businesses have proven exceptionally stable and resilient throughout the on-going economic crisis.  This post by Rochdale of the Breathing Lessons blog provides some much-needed perspective:

In this video, Jenny Kassan of Cutting Edge Capital goes further in depth about determining whether your co-op's fundraising technique qualifies as a "security." 

Click the link to watch the video on Youtube.

 

 

This talk by Jenny Kassan of Cutting Edge Capital (sponsored by the Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives and recorded by JJ Noire) is a must-watch for anyone looking to start or expand a cooperative. Click the link to watch the video on Youtube.  <

Ellen Brown is a tireless evangelist for public banking. Her book, Web of Debt, is probably the most complete discussion of private-bank credit operations and fiat currencies (like the dollar, the euro, and the yen).

From Co-operative News's coverage of this years International Cooperative Alliance conference:

Presenting the results of the research, Yuill Herbert of Sustainability Solutions referred to ILO’s Director General statement for the International Day of Co-operatives, in which he linked co-operatives with sustainable development. Mr Ryder praised co-operatives for expanding into new and innovative areas such as recycling and renewable energy.

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