THis is a fascinating interview of just over an hour with Gar. It offers a good overview of the importance of economic democracy.

The situation in Quebec has escalated since February from a student strike over planned tuition hikes — effectively shutting down universities — to a state of generalized insubordination

Over 125 years ago, the Populist Movement launched a third party in the US and their most compelling platform plank was "greenbacks," the elimination of the rigid gold standard and a freeing up of the money supply. Here we are over a century later and Richard Nixon freed us from the last vestiges of Gold in forty years ago and our central Banksters have expanded the money supply at the behest of Presidents and their Bankster allies.

With our session on the Non-Profit Industrial Complex coming up, this essay was especially refreshing. A member of the non-profit industrial complex talks candidly and cuttingly about the philanthropic foundations, particularly those on "the left".

Social Enterprise Dining Map Goes Global, Lists 300 Eateries

Support social enterprise by eating at one!

The Social Enterprise Dining Map has now grown to 300 restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, ice cream stores and catering services in eight countries on three continents. The latest batch of additions came from the Kibble Education and Care Centre (specifically Ruth Alcorn and Andrea Aitken) of Scotland; they posted more than 100 new eateries located in England, Scotland, Holland, Ireland, Australia and Hong Kong.

DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS FOLLOW COLLEGE CYCLIST-ACTIVISTS ACROSS COUNTRY FOR CO-OPERATIVE AWARENESS

 

To the Moon is a documentary in production about a youth-led, bike-powered movement to build momentum for American co-operatives

 

May 14th, 2012 - New York, NY

The United Nations declared 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives-- an initiative to jumpstart the promotion of cooperatives as an alternative business model and mode of living in response to a world of growing economic instability. A team of college students from the American Northeast have decided to seize this chance to make a difference their own way.

The video embedded in the full story below is a session with David Harvey, a prolific author championing Freedom of the City and David Graeber, the Occupy Activist, Anarchist, Anthropologist. The videw is almost an hour and a half and both authors take substantial time to provide context on both the books and their feelings about #occupy. Harvey's book is Rebel Cities and Graeber's is Debt: The First 5000 Years. There is a lot of good thought and support for co-operative action and power.

Go to the full article for the video:

Dave Karoly of the NoBAWC staff was kind enough to share his report on the recent White House Co-op Day. We are sharing the report and a couple of the pictures in the longer body of this blog entry. The National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) coordinated the event and was, from all accounts quite a successful day.

Dave's report, unedited other than for format for posting, follows.

There has been a resurgence of interest in complementary currencies. With the Eurozone's austerity shutting down national economies in Greece, Italy, and Spain, local currencies are emerging as a tool fot communities to keep going and sustain themselves during periods of extreme economic deprivation. There has been coverage, for example, of an alternative currency scheme in Volos, Greece. The corporate media represents the currency as a "barter" system which it is not.

This is the title of a worthwhile article over on openDemocracy.net. Written by Robin Murray, a Visiting Research Fellow at the London School of Economics (as opposed to my position as Resident Applied Fool at the Manorhaven School of Hard Knocks?) on the state of the "Global Civil Society" in 2012.

Vibrant nightly protests over the past week in downtown Montréal, in solidarity with the Quebec student strike, are sparking global attention. As the Quebec-wide strike continues - it has now been going for over 11 weeks - a new energy is apparent in the city.
In eighty other countries, May 1 is officially marked as International Workers Day. Not here in the US. So it’s no small thing that this May 1 in Los Angeles, Oakland, Seattle, Chicago, New York and scores of other places, tens of thousands of Americans picketed businesses, blocked intersections, held teach-ins, sang and took to the streets.

Valve is a Software game development company founded by an alumnus of Microsoft. Self-funded, it has about 300 employees. Its first product came together quickly and paid off handsomely. Most importantly, it has no bosses. It is entirely flat. There have been several write-ups recently about Valve in the mainstream (Capitalist) business press pointing out the "no boss" structure.

The Post Carbon Institute's Energy Bulletin just posted an article titled "The Hidden Power of Coops" by Michael Shuman.  It is a glowing report with lots of numbers and good words. The segment is a reprint of a piece of the author's book Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Move Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity

The gift economy questions an order that is already established, a trend where people accumulate more and have more difficulty in sharing, in giving, because they want to fit a global model that says that there’s not enough in this world for all of us, that says that the most intelligent people are the ones who are able to exploit others and gather more. That paradigm has been failing people for the longest time. Everyone thinks is the only model, which is not true.
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