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Hi I’m Richard D. Bartlett! I’m writing a book about decentralised organising, finding lessons across diverse contexts, from social movements to formal workplaces.

The CEO of a nonprofit expressed how conflicted she was about being a white woman running a business with mostly Latina/o workers. Her conflict was rooted in a sense of social justice that was pulling her in two directions. On the one hand, she had been told all her life that, as a woman, she is less valuable than men. So being a female CEO is, in itself, a kind of achievement. On the other hand, she recognized that she is a white woman who’s essentially the boss of a bunch of Latina/o workers who she doesn’t pay that much. She hoped to find a way to address this issue.

Imagine living in a community where everyone knows your name, remembers your birthday and offers to make you dinner on a regular basis.

Three Tucson communities have embraced such a lifestyle, called “cohousing,” which is a growing housing trend nationwide.

Dubbed “intentional, collaborative neighborhoods that combine extensive common facilities with private homes,” cohousing appears to be the antithesis of today’s computer-connected world.

At Shared Capital Cooperative, a Twin Cities-based loan fund, Executive Director Christina Jennings rattles off what the fund has in its pipeline. About a dozen loans were recently approved, she says, another 16-18 in the final application phases, and another 25-30 leads that are in active pre-application conversations with her team.

The South Carolina Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would require the state’s 20 electric cooperatives to publicly disclose the salary and benefits paid to board members and ban trustees from using their positions to profit from other business dealings with their co-ops.

A suspicious fire destroyed one of the main buildings of the Highlander Center in late March, an almost century-old civil rights school in Tennessee that once housed the likes of Rosa Parks and Dr. King. What has happened since our last discussion with the newest co-directors of the school and what do we need to know about the white power symbol that was found spray painted on the premises?

"This chapter is devoted to what I believe is a rather interesting and unique experiment in transforming indignation into new institutions of the commons. Perhaps this praxis “Italian style” could become an example for a global strategy."

 

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