How do commons principles apply in the production of goods and services?

Enclosures of natural and human resources like land or knowledge are the subject of resistance from movements for community land rights, anti copyright and defence of the open internet. But what about the commons at work?

Though John Curl’s latest novel, The Co-op Conspiracy, is disguised as a work of literary fiction, it cleverly manages to further open the perception of readers on the greater reality behind the booming and complex

October is one of my favorite months of the year.  In Vermont, where Webskillet is based, it happens to be one of the prettiest times of the year, with fall foliage at its peak.  It’s also a time we start packing away the summer clothes, bring out the winter gear and prepare to get cozy for the months ahead.

You might think the bleeding edge is populated with high tech start-ups, but there are folks out there leading their respective packs you may have never thought of. Take grocery stores for instance.

Deobuleorak Community, a people-centered cooperative for the elderly in Gwangju’s Gwangsan district, is neither an NGO nor a non-profit. It was formed through the voluntary involvement of elderly people and the assistance of citizens, and the local government also took part in the negotiations.

Participants will learn about how to start a farm cooperative through this daylong workshop.  They will explore ways that farms and farmers cooperate together to access land, share tools and labor, share responsibilities, and to increase their markets.  This workshop will share examples of farm cooperatives including worker and producer models.

From feeding the world’s growing population to keeping local shops alive, co-operatives can provide solutions to problems at all levels. This was the message highlighted at many events at the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives, alongside discussions on what needs to be done to strengthen the local and global impact of co-ops.


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