It’s incredible that worker-owned businesses have flourished in the economic rubble of Argentina where it is very difficult to conduct business at all.

Few institutions embody the image of Canada's international benevolence like non-governmental organizations devoted to development abroad. But do the actions of Canadian NGOs genuinely match this perception?

Triple Bottom Line (TBL) practice is a fundamentally different kind of commerce that is growing exponentially in the business world.

Eerik Wissenz, writing on Dmitry Orlov's valuable ClubOrlov, takes on the relentless push to privatize "The Commons". He points that while the privatizers are always claiming to be saving The Commons from unregulated over-use, privatization for profit motivates owners to over-use the property. Part one is linked above and part two can be read at this link. These are two of four parts, the remainder as yet to come on ClubOrlov.

the entry and expansion of Mondragon into the US is one of the most innovative and highest potential new initiatives to revitalize the labor and workers' movement
Debosree Roy reports on the emergence of the Re-weaving NC Conference, September 19-21 for building solidarity economies in North Carolina
PBS News Hour reports on"BerkShares," the local paper currency of Berkshire County in Massachusetts

News from the newly formed Austin Cooperative Business Association:

*Brian Donovan was recently named founding Executive Director

*According to the Black Star Coop blog, the effort is supported by the National Cooperative Business Association

The Emilia-Romagna region in Northern Italy is one of the most co-operative regions in the world
Laboral Kutxa (the Mondragon bank) and the US based National Cooperative Bank (ncb) planning to partner in order to grow domestic worker-owned cooperatives
Mira Luna of Shareable.Net writes about Brazil having one of the most advanced solidarity economies in the world, though it has received little media attention outside of Brazil

In this article, Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese continue their campaign of publicizing the alternatives to the "Washington Consensus" and Neo-Liberal Economics. The article makes a clear case for the foundation concepts of Solidarity Economics, tying it to the ancient tradition of "The Commons", a topic of a recent GEO Issue about the work of Elinor Ostrom.

Twin Oaks Community Conference Banner If you let it, the Communities Conference can really shake you up.  Daring people who are trying new or untested lifestyles are presenting or in attendance.  Step outside your comfort zone a bit and start from the assumption that you could live somewhere else, or with other people and see what this event has to offer and demonstrate.

Community Economic Development (CED) scholars posit that creating worker cooperatives – businesses owned and managed by their workers – is a progressive approach to CED with the potential to go beyond job creation and spur grassroots political activism.

Here’s  a stunning video report on some research that is looking with some depth at economic behavior and how we see ourselves and others. I think the implications of this work for economic democracy and understanding empowerment processes could be awesome.

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