This is a two-part story on CounterPunch.org by Jane Slaughter. It tells the story of the formation of the TRADOC Cooperative that started with a three-year worker's strike and has led to a successful worker co-op. Part two [can be found here](http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/04/04/can-worker-owners-make-a-big-factory-run/).

This is a really good and simple explanation of the use of an alternate currency, a credit arrangement, actually, on co-operative principles and structures to revitalize the local economy of a community that is in a country under a New-Liberal Austerity job and social-benefits crunch.

A very strong statement from a 4th generation family farmer working a homestead established in 1889. It reminds us that the agricultural co-ops of the 19th century Progressive movement didn't die. The political arm died but many of the co-ops are continuing to work for Food Security and a fair deal for the family farmer.

With reference to Zingerman in Ann Arbor, mentioned earlier in our Blogs.

Picking up key paragraphs from Marjorie's recent article on Alternet (also run in Yes! Magazine). Marjorie has a new book: Owning the Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution.

GREENFIELD — From pickles to granola to beverages, a few local food makers are mixing up the recipe for how to own their growing businesses.

An anthill. A beehive. A crackling campfire around which the cave kids could play, the cave elders stay, and the buffalo strips blacken all day
We in the various change movements have our myths and dogmas, and they screw up how we approach our work and our longings for a different kind of world
Zingerman’s Community of Businesses in Ann Arbor, MI is has nearly 600 employees and the eight distinct businesses. The partners have steadfastly resisted the temptation to franchise their stellar brand, and are now working on becoming worker co-operatives.

The Peer-To-Peer gang discovers an Economic Democracy resource. Dada Maheshvarananda, an american Yogi working at the PROUT (Progressive Utilization Theory) Institute in Venecuela has recently updated this book with new material.

A problem, an inquiry; solar energy, livelihood, co-operation and collaboration; fulfillment, with some sadness.
A "grassroots" response to the question: What would it really take to give students a first-rate education

There’s a good graffiti story that goes with this title.The graffitti was "your karma ran over my dogma," but that story will have to wait for another time. The basic idea is not difficult: reality will make a mess outta of our theories, dogmas, ideologies. The 2008 meltdown is one example. Another is finding out that the other does not love me the way I think she/he should. This bubble gets busted ad infinitum.

We short-shift ourselves if we don't think in the long term, the really long, long term.

TruthOut published a very positive review of John Curl's 2nd Edition ... discussed in Michael Johnson's interview of Curl late last year. As the U.S.

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