We short-shift ourselves if we don't think in the long term, the really long, long term.

TruthOut published a very positive review of John Curl's 2nd Edition ... discussed in Michael Johnson's interview of Curl late last year. As the U.S.

John Abrams, a founder of the South Mountain Company and author of both the book and blog, "The Company We Keep," reviews the highlights of a great year for the worker co-op movement.

This is a good piece on the privatization efforts in Cuba with a distinct emphasis on worker-ownership. Worth a look.

It's also worth going back to pick up Richard Wolff's interview of Gar Alperovitz from April of 2012. The transcript and audio are both available at the link.

What I mean by the "yawning gap" between our potential and our practice of cooperation.
The point is to change the world, and to do that we have to become that change. Our political mission is a hugely spiritual mission of personal and collective transformation. More simply: learning to love.

Economists who think economics should serve people, the planet, and the future make their case in a short video.

There can be a creative tension between reform and change-the game approaches, if the focus is not on purity. [1]

Abstractions are guidelines and communication tools, not principles. Decisions are always connected to specific here-and-now situations. There is no principle that trumps all others. We are always balancing out one that is in tension with at least one other principle in the context of here-and-now needs, desires, and capacities

The Chair position is launched with a total of $625,000 by a collaborative partnership with the Manitoba government, the co-op sector and UWinnipeg

Richard Logie of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, talked about Complementary Currencies at work in Aberdeen at a TED conference in Leeds, UK. I particularly liked his life-history introduction. He claimed they were poor but they didn't actually know it. They had a "favor exchange" and the more you knew how to do, the better off you were. Click through for an embedded player for the video

"Democracy 24/7 : Living & Working Coop" talks to some great people who are members of both worker and housing cooperatives; jobs and housing that is owned and democratically run by the people who work/live there.

The Nation magazine ran a forum on “saving the Democratic Party” in its latest issue. The base article, written anonymously under the pseudonym L. R. Runner, is here and the responses to it are here .

Beverly Bell interviews Leslie Thatcher, content relations editor at Truthout, one of a number of independent, non-commercial news sites that offer an alternative to corporate-controlled media. Independent media is critical to keeping citizens informed and motivated defenders of democracy.
In Richmond, California city officials have recently pinned their hopes on co-ops as a key strategy for shifting the local economy and stemming social problems. They believe co-ops can create more, better jobs and stimulate spending at other local businesses.
The US government's success in boosting rural economies through cooperative development is a largely forgotten story that couldn't be more relevant today. 80% now lives in urban areas. Why not government supported development of co-operatives in the cities?
Iceland's recovery has made the case for letting creditors of private banks gone wild eat the losses, and you can join a petition to the Congress and President.
There is a great need to re-invent the newspaper so it can serve the needs of particular communities everywhere. The Banyan Project is exploring the possibility of using the consumer co-op model for a community-based internet news service that would help communities advance their own interests.
Regulation and reform might eventually manifest a kinder, gentler capitalism. But, what if instead, we came together to build an economy entirely different from the one we know now?
When the International Year of Co-operatives (IYC) concluded last week, some of the overwhelming success stories came both from developing and developed countries, including India, Brazil, China, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Italy, France and the United States.

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