Elvy del Bianco, program manager for co-operative partnerships at Vancity Credit Union, believes the growth in B.C.’s co-operative business sector is driven in part by a desire for good jobs. The province, he said, is still suffering from the economic shock of the 2008 financial crisis.

“Job security is a thing of the past. Access to good, stable, well paying jobs is being overtaken by the gig economy,” he said. “People are seeing that it’s not a very friendly economy out there.”

A Cooperation Jackson dialogue with Ercan Ayboga, Co-Author of "Revolution in Rojava", an activist of the Mesopotamian Ecologist Movement

The co-op had already been actively working and had incorporated as an organization and was aiming to get enough members to begin a real estate search. Cooperatives were something that was new and interesting to me personally and I decided to become a member-owner. It seemed like a really great way to get involved with my neighbors, so I decided to get more involved.

LeClair, now the 116-unit neighborhood's maintenance manager, explained the cost-benefit math. 

In the late 1990s ICOM (the former worker cooperative federation) did a cluster analysis of location of worker coops and CDAs (cooperative development agencies) in the UK.  It was very clear that existing worker coops clustered around long standing CDAs. There were few where there had not been a CDA. With some odd exceptions eg Suma Wholefoods, the largest 70s worker coop, in Leeds and Halifax.  

Between 2016 and 2017, at least six media were recuperated by their workers after they were closed or abandoned by their owners: the local newspapers La Nueva Mañana, in Córdoba; El Ciudadano of Rosario; La Portada, of Esquel; and 

The Cuban government has opened its first wholesale basic foods market for private cooperatives, but at this time other self-employed workers will not have access, dpa news reported.

A 6 minute film about Uruguay's Mutual Aid Housing Cooperatives, with English subtitles

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Cooperation is at the heart of a new women-owned quilting business on the Pine Ridge Reservation through Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation. 

The Owíŋža Quilters Cooperative launched earlier this month and is the first social enterprise project of Thunder Valley CDC. Thunder Valley’s initiative aims to build community wealth through the development of new enterprises owned and run by local people.

A list of the 20 largest and oldest worker cooperatives in the United States.
The Future is Public is a two day gathering of union leaders, activists, researchers, and community groups designed to share ideas and proposals around building a pro-public movement in Canada.

"We're starting to see more bees in the city," said Timothy Paule, who, with his girlfriend, started a nonprofit to build beehives on vacant city plots. "Some people are planting urban farms, and they're adding bees to help with the yield. Others are doing their part and placing hives in backyards to help the declining bee population."

As the weather warms up, their bees — and millions of others — will get busy.

‘A lot of resources are going to be spent in our city. Therefore the questions is: who is going to get them? Who is going to benefit?’ says Kali Akuno, of Cooperation Jackson.

The question of the future of work is above all a question of power and ownership. It is a question the cooperative movement seeks practical answers for, every day, in neighbourhoods, cities and regions.

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