Russell of Pedal People and VAWC Staff were lucky enough to be on 'Occupy The Airwaves' on WXOJ FM 103.3 this past Sunday. Most co-ops in VAWC were mentioned including Stone Soup Farm and their winter shares, Simple Diaper and Linen and their landfill saving diaper options, Collective Copies and Levellers Press, and more. We also talked about the student run co-ops at UMass, our Certificate in Co-operative Enterprise at UMass, how we co-founded Valley Co-operative Business Association, our six conversions and our Interco-operative Loan Fund.

Editor's note: Mother jones recently published this article on how craft beer enterprises are succeeding in taking market share from the behemoths in the beer industry. The cite worker co-ops as examples of this. This example supports the idea from many strategic thinkers that there are more than a few niches of opportunities out there.

"The Catalan Integrated Cooperative (CIC) began two years ago; it now has 850 members and several thousand people who participate in debates and projects.

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Co-founder of Project Equity, Abell is working on a blueprint for successful co-op development in the Bay Area.

"We're doing a co-op academy to support small scale co-operative start ups and growing co-operatives. With a little extra support, business coaching, legal advice, and for co-op developers, how to do co-op development effectively, that those initiatives can be more effective."

A wide variety of co-operative support organisations are starting to come together with help from national co-op body NCBA CLUSA.

The Washington D.C. based organisation is big on national and international development work for the sector, but it is now focusing its attention on helping grassroots bodies – or local ‘co-operative business associations’.

Everyone is equal at New Era Windows Cooperative, a factory on the southwest side of Chicago. There is no owner to answer to because everyone is an owner; there are no outside shareholders to choose a board of directors. There is no boss because the workers fired him.

Given our national economic climate and the growing recognition of collaborative, place-based and culturally-grounded approaches, it is only fitting then that the theme of the National CAPACD 14th Annual Convention was "The Movement for Economic Justice: Changing the Narrative Together," which re


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