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While the growth of cooperatives in a wide variety of industries is promising, the bar for social transformation needs to be, and has been, raised. As P2P Foundation founder

[I]f we think of conferences or meetings as our tools for offline collaboration, then we need better tools. Our facilitation methodologies need to evolve and professionalize to focus on the experience and needs of participants.

In Corvallis, Oregon, a couple miles north of the Oregon State University campus, sits a WinCo Foods discount supermarket and, unless you’re in need of groceries, you might drive by without noticing it.

Please register a comment on a proposed USDA rule change that could help finance business conversions to employee ownership! Worker-owners, cooperative developers, and anyone who supports worker ownership is encouraged to take advantage of this very important (and time-sensitive) opportunity.

Enhancing the quality, availability and scope of cooperative education materials will be the subject of a webinar on November 10, 2 pm Eastern hosted by The Cooperative Foundation.  The webinar will discuss the findings of a survey of cooperative education providers in the United States conducted by Southern New Hampshire University to assess the current status of cooperative education

As a funder of groups developing new cooperative education materials, The Cooperative Foundation commissioned a study to answer the following questions:

  • How do we assess that the materials are being produced by the best available source?

  • How do we assure that the materials are available for use beyond the local or regional organization?

Cooperation Jackson is on the move! We are working diligently to advance the work of the Jackson-Kush Plan.

We have been busy since the Jackson Rising: New Economies Conference, establishing the institutional and operating structures of Cooperation Jackson, and systematically building cooperative enterprises.

We have launched two major initiatives to establish a firm foundation for our future: The Chokwe Lumumba Center for Economic Democracy and Development and the Sustainable Communities Initiative.

Current discussions about prefigurative politics bring back warm and reflective memories of my four years on the staff of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), or “snick” as the letters were turned into an acronym.

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