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by Jim Johnson, GEO Collective

Past issues of GEO have reported on the emergence of a particular type of worker cooperative, the home care cooperative. In the 1980s, the federal government followed the lead of state governments like Wisconsin and acknowledged that elderly and disabled people who need help in day-to-day living are best served by in-home assistance. Medicare and Medicaid funding that would have otherwise been used only for nursing homes would now be applicable to home care services.

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Originally published by the Movement Vision Lab.

 

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A school with no principals? It's like a shop with no bosses. Introducing "Teacher Cooperatives"!
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Rising costs of oil may give local economies a competitive advantage...
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A brainstorm on strategies for local economic development
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By Frances Moore Lappé

Cultures live or die not because of their natural endowments but according to whether their ideas sustain life. ("It's the ideas, stupid!")

Ideas either serve life or not. And unfortunately for our species' chances, our idea of democracy-our shorthand for the system we use to shape society and solve problems-itself is life-stifling. Accepting the idea that democracy equals elections plus a market economy, we do not question an especially peculiar notion: that a market driven by a single rule, that of highest return to existing wealth, can return benign outcomes for all. We cling to this nonsensical belief-that in a game of Monopoly all players win-even as it so concentrates wealth that it leaves almost a billion of us without the means to eat.

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An article about the cooperative societies of the acorn woodpecker
A gathering in Washington DC examines Venezuela's practices of participatory democracy.
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The Holy See calls for an international trade system built on "solidarity and subsidiary."
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A radical cooperative press in Boston, since 1977.
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The "B Corp" (B for "beneficial) is growing in popularity among mission-driven businesses.
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An economics of abundance and justice, rooted in Judeo-Christian sacred texts.
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A new report from the Insitute for Local Self-Reliance explores democratic routes to energy independence.
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Toronto's community currency suggests possibilities for building community economic security in the face of the destabilizing effects of global climate change.
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Originally Published in Yes! Magazine, this article outlines a holistic and movement-building approach to democratic economic development. By Ethan Miller.

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A solidarity trade organizing effort in Greece
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Green economics and racial justice
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