IN THE LAST YEAR of his life, Martin Luther King Jr. struggled with what are best understood as existential challenges as he began to move toward an ever-more-profound and radical understanding of what would be required to deal with the nation’s domestic and international problems

This symposium will provide an opportunity to actively engage in discussion and debate with organizers, public officials and other DC residents on the prospects for equitable development.  The symposium, which organizers hope to make an annual event, is intended to emphasize the need for equitable development across the nation in general and within Washington DC in particular.

 

In MMT 2 I identified four key questions confronting any effort to bring autonomous democratic movements together. In MMT 3 I discussed the first one, and here I want to get into the second one, on which I think the whole game rides.

The Equal Exchange Customer Service Department is seeking a Customer Service Representative to serve our customers in food co-ops, grocery stores, cafes and food service institutions, and assist with serving school and congregational accounts customers as well. 

Some Spaniards are moving away from the country’s electric utilities “to form consumer cooperatives that generate or purchase power from renewable energy sources,” reports The Wall Street Journal.

“Their ranks—while still tiny—are being fed by consumer discontent over a government decision to curtail green-energy projects. The defections highlight the latest fallout from a broader debate over green energy now raging across Europe.”

Read the full article on Wall Street Journal Europe

by Cheyenna Weber

When survival is just another word for heartbreak I will usually make a soup.

The frustration of the left, given this exhaustion of traditional socialisms' appeal, arose from having no other broadly agreed-upon vision of an attractive alternative to capitalism. The left could not provide what mass audiences craved as they deepened their criticisms of capitalism's longer-term decline and short-term crisis.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: GEO has been following Mayor Gayle McLaughlin for over two years: here, here, and here. Now the NYTimes has caught up with her.)

Eminent Domain: a Long Shot Against Blight

By SHAILA DEWAN

This interview, shot May 2013 in Oakland, CA begins to introduce an idea that has been floating through my mind the past several years around the need for community colleges (in particular) to include training on cooperatives in their business programs, not as a form of  "kinder, gentler capitalism" but as community-based, capital subordinated business models hewing to the seven International Cooperative Principles.  The unemployed have headed back to community colleges to upgrade skills or to learn new skills. One of our local community colleges has a trades program.

The year 2014 will see the publication of the UNRISD volume on SSE comprised of papers originally presented at the conference on the Potential and Limits of Social and Solidarity Economy in May 2013.

SENSITIVITY.   That "other world" that we know is possible becomes realized much more by our becoming its people than by the projects and institutions we create on that journey. We create from what we are far more than from what we think we should be. And we create stuff outside us to help us become more aligned with what is possible. So let us focus on our projects and institutions emerging and developing out of our continually becoming more cooperative and democratic beings, not from who we are now.

Floating like a butterfly and humming like a mockingbird                                                                                                                                                              

Here's one reflection on the first of the four questions I identified in Movements Moving Together 2:

In November, Mondragon – a conglomerate stretching from banking to supermarkets with revenues – decided to let its oldest member file for protection against its creditors.

A new worker-ownership evolution-revolution featuring more virtuous capitalism communities of practice is demonstrating that doing well can realistically and profitably be based on doing good. This brave new economic world is emerging from green-shoot, “made in America” antidotes to structural unemployment and income inequality, sprouting ubiquitously among increasing absentee-owner-plagued urban and rural geographies.

The objective of this conference is to promote and support the development of Cooperative Enterprises and Development in the City of Jackson, MS.

Chris Agee is loading boxes of food and drink products on to a conveyor belt down in the basement of a grocery store in Brooklyn, New York.

One floor above him, shoppers push trolleys up and down the aisles, picking up their weekly groceries.

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