In this theme we collect a variety of articles that consider both the successes and the occasional failings of the contemporary food co-op movement.  Conditions have changed dramatically since the emergence of food cooperatives as outlets for healthy, organic food in the 1960s and '70s.  Corporate behemoths like Walmart and Safeway now sell the organic products that once set co-ops apart.  Food co-ops are also facing questions about expansion--both of individual co-ops, and of the movement as a whole. 

This theme of Grassroots Economic Organizing celebrates the positive legacies and accomplishments of cooperative development in the past and lights the path to further growing the southern cooperative movement.

The Cooperative Movement in the South: Editor's Introduction by Jessica Gordon Nembhard

This theme of Grassroots Economic Organizing celebrates the positive legacies and accomplishments of cooperative development in the past and lights the path to further growing the southern cooperative movement.

The Cooperative Movement in the South: Editor's Introduction by Jessica Gordon Nembhard

 

This theme of Grassroots Economic Organizing celebrates the positive legacies and accomplishments of cooperative development in the past and lights the path to further growing the southern cooperative movement.

The Cooperative Movement in the South: Editor's Introduction by Jessica Gordon Nembhard

In this Theme, the GEO Collective and guest editors Thomas Hanna and Andrew McLeod seek to present a big-picture, systematic look at the present and future of the cooperative movement. The articles linked to below begin a conversation that, we hope, will help to better define some of the pressing questions and begin to offer ways to address them.

Cooperators confront the "System Problem": Editors' Introduction--Thomas M. Hanna and Andrew McLeod

 

The active members of the GEO Collective send their greetings and many thanks for the support and interest you have given our work. Whether you have just started visiting our site or if you are a long termer, we are glad to have you.

Communities Pursuing the Other Worlds that are Possible

The Fall GEO Theme seeks to deepen awareness and understanding of the strong connections between solidarity economic activists and members of intentional communities through the common work they are doing.

Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO), The Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy and Mariposa Food Co-op are pleased to announce the Advancing the Development of Worker Cooperatives (ADWC) 2013 pre-conference, which will focus on successful inter-cooperative approaches to self-financing and financing within the co-op movement.
 

by Jessica Gordon Nembhard

In 2011 GEO called together worker cooperative developers and supporters to discuss “Advancing the Development of Worker Cooperatives” (ADWC). We conducted an online forum through our website, and organized a one-day conference to kick off the 2011 Eastern Conference For workplace Democracy (ECWD) in Baltimore. Sojourner-Douglass College hosted our pre-conference on July 7, 2011.

Still Truckin' at 30!

Thirty years later, the GEO Newsletter continues its ongoing work to catalyze worker co-ops and the solidarity economy Click through for the full index to the Anniversary Issue!

Yes, GEO turns 30 this year. As far as the Cosmos, or even human history, that's less than infinitesimal. But in the world of small alternative publications, it's HUGE!

So please pardon our celebratory pride in focusing our lens, this time, on ourselves, our collective, our own story (which of course contains many, many other stories).

This inward issue has four different sections:

Click here to read Michael Johnson's report on this Solidarity event in New York City recently. The first paragraph is below but click through to read the full report.

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