Ira speaks with Matt Grillo, an owner of Collective Copies, which formed many years ago from striking workers at a privately owned chain of print shops; and has a loyal following around Pioneer Valley; is also a book printing service

 

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Inner Landscapes Activists' Community-of-practice, Part I.

Pamela Boyce Simms

The Inner Landscapes Activists’ Community-of-Practice seeks to democratize and operationalize sustained “mystical experience” in service to movement-buildingMystics worldwide describe accessing and obtaining guidance from the undifferentiated field of consciousness as the ultimate state of bliss. The Activists' community-of-practice takes the mystery [but not the awesomeness] out of "mystical." 

Please join us in supporting the clean energy movement! Together, we can make a difference for our environment and our economy.

WHAT IS CLEAN ENERGY CREDIT UNION?

Firstly, despite the Unity Works story, community share issues are still, clearly, a Good Thing.  Millions of pounds of investment capital have been raised for a wide range of community ventures, from locally run village shops and pubs to small-scale wind turbines. My own community land trust will be asking our local community for investment capital in a new affordable homes development next year when we launch our own community share issue, so I have a direct interest in this whole subject.

Co-ops are being formed in Hillsborough County and northern Pinellas County by the League of Women Voters and Solar United Neighbors. The co-ops lower prices by using competitive bidding to attract solar power installers.

When was the first co-operative or mutual? The spread of customer owned co-operatives in nineteenth century Britain is well-known and celebrated. Yet there are also precursors of co-operation and mutuality before this in countries right across the world.

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched by the New Economics Foundation to set up a co-operative alternative to Uber.

Brendan Martin is founder and director of The Working World, a cooperative financial institution and business incubator based in Argentina, Nicaragua, and the United States. Brendan originally moved to Argentina in 2004 to work with a group of Argentines in support of the “recovered factory” phenomenon, and out of this was born TWW and its non-extractive financing. Despite dire predictions of investing in the recovered factory movement, TWW achieved a 98% return rate across over 715 loans, and all with repayments only from profit sharing and without guarantees.

At the 19th International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS) held in Geneva  in  October  2013,  government,  workers’  and  employers’ representatives reaffirmed the importance of obtaining more comprehensive and internationally comparable statistics on cooperatives. Pursuant to this the ICLS adopted a Resolution concerning further work on statistics of cooperatives.

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