"Democracy 24/7 : Living & Working Coop" talks to some great people who are members of both worker and housing cooperatives; jobs and housing that is owned and democratically run by the people who work/live there.

The Nation magazine ran a forum on “saving the Democratic Party” in its latest issue. The base article, written anonymously under the pseudonym L. R. Runner, is here and the responses to it are here .

Beverly Bell interviews Leslie Thatcher, content relations editor at Truthout, one of a number of independent, non-commercial news sites that offer an alternative to corporate-controlled media. Independent media is critical to keeping citizens informed and motivated defenders of democracy.
In Richmond, California city officials have recently pinned their hopes on co-ops as a key strategy for shifting the local economy and stemming social problems. They believe co-ops can create more, better jobs and stimulate spending at other local businesses.
The US government's success in boosting rural economies through cooperative development is a largely forgotten story that couldn't be more relevant today. 80% now lives in urban areas. Why not government supported development of co-operatives in the cities?
Iceland's recovery has made the case for letting creditors of private banks gone wild eat the losses, and you can join a petition to the Congress and President.
There is a great need to re-invent the newspaper so it can serve the needs of particular communities everywhere. The Banyan Project is exploring the possibility of using the consumer co-op model for a community-based internet news service that would help communities advance their own interests.
Regulation and reform might eventually manifest a kinder, gentler capitalism. But, what if instead, we came together to build an economy entirely different from the one we know now?
When the International Year of Co-operatives (IYC) concluded last week, some of the overwhelming success stories came both from developing and developed countries, including India, Brazil, China, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Italy, France and the United States.

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Pm Press has released a second edition of John Curl’s 550 page history of “cooperation, cooperative movements, and communalism in America,” In this interview GEO’s Michael Johnson talks with John about what is new in the second edition, the s

THis is a fascinating interview of just over an hour with Gar. It offers a good overview of the importance of economic democracy.

The situation in Quebec has escalated since February from a student strike over planned tuition hikes — effectively shutting down universities — to a state of generalized insubordination

Over 125 years ago, the Populist Movement launched a third party in the US and their most compelling platform plank was "greenbacks," the elimination of the rigid gold standard and a freeing up of the money supply. Here we are over a century later and Richard Nixon freed us from the last vestiges of Gold in forty years ago and our central Banksters have expanded the money supply at the behest of Presidents and their Bankster allies.

With our session on the Non-Profit Industrial Complex coming up, this essay was especially refreshing. A member of the non-profit industrial complex talks candidly and cuttingly about the philanthropic foundations, particularly those on "the left".

Social Enterprise Dining Map Goes Global, Lists 300 Eateries

Support social enterprise by eating at one!

The Social Enterprise Dining Map has now grown to 300 restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, ice cream stores and catering services in eight countries on three continents. The latest batch of additions came from the Kibble Education and Care Centre (specifically Ruth Alcorn and Andrea Aitken) of Scotland; they posted more than 100 new eateries located in England, Scotland, Holland, Ireland, Australia and Hong Kong.

DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS FOLLOW COLLEGE CYCLIST-ACTIVISTS ACROSS COUNTRY FOR CO-OPERATIVE AWARENESS

 

To the Moon is a documentary in production about a youth-led, bike-powered movement to build momentum for American co-operatives

 

May 14th, 2012 - New York, NY

The United Nations declared 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives-- an initiative to jumpstart the promotion of cooperatives as an alternative business model and mode of living in response to a world of growing economic instability. A team of college students from the American Northeast have decided to seize this chance to make a difference their own way.

The video embedded in the full story below is a session with David Harvey, a prolific author championing Freedom of the City and David Graeber, the Occupy Activist, Anarchist, Anthropologist. The videw is almost an hour and a half and both authors take substantial time to provide context on both the books and their feelings about #occupy. Harvey's book is Rebel Cities and Graeber's is Debt: The First 5000 Years. There is a lot of good thought and support for co-operative action and power.

Go to the full article for the video:

Dave Karoly of the NoBAWC staff was kind enough to share his report on the recent White House Co-op Day. We are sharing the report and a couple of the pictures in the longer body of this blog entry. The National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) coordinated the event and was, from all accounts quite a successful day.

Dave's report, unedited other than for format for posting, follows.

There has been a resurgence of interest in complementary currencies. With the Eurozone's austerity shutting down national economies in Greece, Italy, and Spain, local currencies are emerging as a tool fot communities to keep going and sustain themselves during periods of extreme economic deprivation. There has been coverage, for example, of an alternative currency scheme in Volos, Greece. The corporate media represents the currency as a "barter" system which it is not.

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