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Here is a link to the video recording of the chat where Nicolas Dimarco of Fiqus.coop presents the formula for federated work among cooperatives. Here is a link to the notes from the meeting on 3/20/2019 and some past Show and Tell meetings.

More information on Show and Tell.

WORCESTER — On the top floor of an old industrial building at 41 Jackson St., steps from a factory where garment workers a hundred years ago made women’s corsets, a printers’ cooperative is stoking a political revolution, one T-shirt and one coffee mug at a time.

The Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy (BRED) is thrilled to announce that Baltimore has joined other leading cities in committing public support for worker cooperative development. With the award of a $47,000 Community Catalyst Grant, the City of Baltimore is enabling BRED to launch a new initiative designed to pilot the creation of a worker cooperative conversion pipeline.

We’ve all heard stories about conference behavior getting out-of-hand. It’s glorified in ostensibly benign comedies dating back decades, and it seems that every office has its own lore about so-and-so doing such-and-such while under the influence or, perhaps, out from under the influence of so-and-so’s spouse. From what I’ve observed, at least, that type of behavior has either become less typical or has become less overt (hopefully from becoming less acceptable) even in just the last ten years or so. That’s good, right? But there is plenty of work to be done on

“I am living my full purpose in my work. I feel a deep sense of comradery with my co-workers. I feel agency without the overwhelm of total responsibility. I am deeply happy with my job.“

The women of the Mujeres Emprendedoras Cooperative started their small catering business for more than just themselves.


Co-ops allow their employees to also be the owners. But state law doesn’t recognize them as a business entity, which makes it hard to get financial backing.

State Rep. Carol Ammons, a Democrat from Urbana, is sponsoring legislation that would change that.

“It’s very difficult for traditional banking institutions to work with a cooperative model, unless we correct the legal definition of cooperatives,” Ammons said.

Advocates say worker co-ops create dignified jobs with living wages in areas with low employment.

Atlanta, GA (March 19, 2019)- This morning, the James Beard Foundation announced that the Federation of Southern Cooperative's Executive Director, Cornelius Blanding, is one of five recipients in the Leadership Award category. The Leadership Awards are part of the James Beard Foundation’s Impact Programs, which works to establish a more sustainable food system through education, advocacy, and thought leadership.

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