The co-operative economy in the UK has grown 20% since the recession began in 2008.  During the same period, the number of co-ops has grown 28% and the number of memberships 36%.

"Co-operative enterprises across the UK represent a homegrown economy, one which is providing enduring solutions to the economic and social challenges of today’s society.

by Jamilah King

Change — yes, maybe even the radical kind — may be on its way to Jackson, Miss. The predominately black town elected activist Chokwe Lumumba to be its new mayor, and he’s got an ambitious plan for economic revival.

From the Belfast Telegram:

Lumumba’s election is stunning, because he is openly and avowedly radical on social and economic issues in a way seldom seen in American politics.

Jonathan Kissam

Democracy. A little over ten years ago, I had come to New York City with a van-full of my fellow union members, to join tens or hundreds of thousands of people who had come to protest the impending war against Iraq. A young white man on a subway car, berating us, explained how democracy works: "People voted for Bush, now he gets to do what he wants. That’s democracy."

By John Clay

A new wave of cooperatives is emerging in the US, and a big part of the inspiration is coming from what might seem an unlikely source: the United Steelworkers International Union (USW), which describes itself as North America's largest industrial union, with 1.2 million active and retired members.

In 2009 the USW joined with Mondragon Inc. of Spain and Kent State University's Ohio Employee-Ownership Center (OEOC) to start a discussion on bringing the successful Mondragon model of employee-owned cooperatives to the US.

 

"Experienced Baker needed for weekend shifts at Local Sprouts Cooperative. Must be proficient in producing consistent breakfast pastries, cookies, bars, cakes, pies, and other sweets. This position requires knowledge of baking from scratch. Knowledge of vegan and gluten-free baking strongly preferred.

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Ecovillage Education is hosting a 37 day conference to connect practitioners and participants within the ecovillage movement. Early bird registration ends June 15th.

Noam Chomsky, who is, among many other things, a self-described anarchist — an anarcho-syndicalist, specifically, describes anarchy sensibly and its connection to worker co-operatives.

reRoute is holding a conference from July 19-21 in New York City to address the ways in which the next generation of activists can create the economy they desire. How can we work together to enable "generation screwed" to become "generation renewed"?

The Western Worker Cooperative conference aims to bring together cooperators from the West coast and beyond. They are currently looking for workshop presenters.

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"On 6-8 May, UNRISD held a major international conference on Potential and Limits of Social and Solidarity Economy, co-hosted with the ILO and in partnership with UN-NGLS, Hivos, the Rosa Luxembourg Foundation and the Ville de Genève. The conference was a great success in terms of both participation and outcomes."

Check out this summary of the outcomes, panels, and discussions.

United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard talks to Truthout about the challenges and opportunities of a new labor model: the union co-op.

World University offers an online platform for creating and taking free courses. Their section on cooperatives currently offers a two classes developed by MIT professors. The goal is to keep building their library of user-generated content through a simple-to-use inferface. 

Author Mira Luna asks: "why do we continue to give control over health care and our money away to companies that don't have our interests at heart in a matter that is literally life and death?" And she finds "alternative, community-based models [that] actually work".

 

 

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