Nancy Folbre (UMass Amherst economist) on the economics of worker cooperatives
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A report from the recent Forum in Tokyo
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The big news of the season is the framework agreement between the United Steelworkers and MONDRAGON to collaborate in establishing MONDRAGON cooperatives in the manufacturing sector within the United States and Canada - we've initiated a special page tracking ongoing news and opinion on this historic development - please read and contribute!

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Organized by Just, Alternative, Sustainable Economics (JASEcon) in Oakland, CA, the Festival of Grassroots Economics brought people together to imagine an "economy for people and planet."
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Gar Alperovitz talks about the thousands of economic innovations that are rising up to challenge "dog-eat-dog capitalism."
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The Maker of "Capitalism: a Love Story" has some suggestions for action. They include, among other things, turning your workplace into a cooperative...
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Workers at an elder care home in Jefferson, Wisconsin are considering the conversion of their workplace to a worker-cooperative.
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Russian anarchist Peter Kropotkin's ideas about evolution and cooperation in nature are still cutting-edge and very relevant to efforts to build a solidarity economy
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Evergreen Cooperative Laundry in Cleveland, Ohio
Worker coops in Cleveland to build wealth for inner-city residents

A group of Cleveland non-profits is backing a socially-conscious, eco-development in an inner-city neighborhood. They hope the environmentally-friendly workers cooperative will help build wealth for impoverished residents. Evergreen Laundry is the first of several cooperative ventures envisioned for the University Circle neighborhood.
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The US Social Forum is a movement-building process to build a powerful multi-racial, multi-sectoral, inter-generational, diverse, inclusive, internationalist movement that transforms this country and changes history. It will be happening June 22-26, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The USSF is a large, mostly volunteer effort with stakeholders all across the country and several moving parts.
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Carl Davidson of the US Solidarity Economy Network, on The Daily Kos
Pittsburgh: Worker Coops Meet to Save the Rust Belt and the Rest of Us, Too
Worker and Community Coops Gather in Rust Belt’s Pittsburgh to Build Solidarity

Andrew McLeod's blog, Cooperate and No One Gets Hurt
The Rust Belt shines

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Factory in the Hands of Workers

Zanon belongs to the people: FASINPAT wins definitive expropriation
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The theme of this issue is worker cooperative replication. It addresses an issue which is central to the growth of the democratic worker cooperative movement. How do we reproduce the success stories we have already achieved? That is, how do we replicate successful worker cooperatives in different locations?

What if money wasn't so fast and slippery?
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Pathways to democratic local economies
Awards Available for Youth Leaders

After a long hiatus, GEO is back on track! Thanks to our readers for your patience as we've been working on our transition to a web-based publication. After digging into the food-for-thought presented in this issue #2, watch for the upcoming #3 in early spring, focusing on models for the replication of worker-owned cooperatives. 

New Co-ops, New Relationships

Does God care about politics?  Yes, I believe he does.  However, hypocrisy is confusing the true nature of God, instilled by the hypocritical and misrepresentative advertising and inflated rhetoric of freedom, liberty, and equality.  In fact, modern education has now given us the procedure to allow Truth to appear, and it requires our education as activists and entrepreneurs.  The negative consequences of hypocrisy are building, as in sea levels and other environmental degradation.  Organic and fair trade food and other green products give us the other options.  While Corporations have perpetrated a Materialistic Consumer Culture that is mostly oblivious to the building consequences and dangers, we activists need to get educated and to express ourselves to define ourselves vigorously, and ultimately educate others.  As NYPIRG has organized a fuel buyers' group for windpower, Obama worked in community organizing, and ACORN actually reported the frauds the Republicans have tried to smear them with, God needs us to recognize the value of each person which can make them receptive to the Truth of democratic education, economics, and politics.
Alternative currencies can keep an economy afloat
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Cooperative solutions for times of crisis
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