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[Editor's note: This short film documents the current state of BIOME (which also gets rendered as Viome, Vio.me, and VIOME) a cooperative and solidarity enterprise initiated by workers at a factory in Thessaloniki, Greece that was abandonded by its former owners during the financial crisis.  Workers and local community members took over the factory and managed it through a participatory process.  Today, 22 worker-owners at BIOME produce environmentally friendly cleaning products that are affordable for everyone.  While small, BIOME is proving the viability of radically

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[Editor's note: this conversation with GEO members Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard and Michael Johnson, and progressive journalist Abby Scher was recorded on February 11th, 2016.]

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cross-posted from New Politics

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In this video Melissa Hoover, Executive Director of the Democracy at Work Institute, talks about building movements capable of "getting up the wall."

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Margaret Bau: My name is Margaret Bau and today we are having a webinar in honor of Black History Month: The challenges and opportunities for cooperative development in African-American communities.

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[Editor’s note: Below are summations of two parts of an Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy workshop that was held July 17, 2005. It is encouraging to note how many of the goals that were set for the movement a decade ago have been, or are in the process of being, accomplished.  Besides offering some recent historical perspective, these notes also provide a still-relevant list of prescriptions for forwarding our movement both domestically and on the global stage.

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A growing number of cities are investing in co-ops to keep money local and neighborhoods affordable.
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The commons offers a framework and a process for effectively and equitably stewarding the resources communities need to live in dignity. If we have a collective right to a resource, we should be able to participate in decisions about that resource’s use.
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Laura Flanders and guest host Pamela Brown learn from pirates, hustlers and hackers about how to build economic alternatives right here, right now. Alexa Clay is a co-author of The Misfit Economy: Lessons in Creativity From Pirates, Hackers, Gangsters, And Other Informal Entrepreneurs. Micky Metts is a hacker, activist and organizer, as well as a member of Agaric, a worker-owned cooperative of web developers.

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[Editor's note: This synopsis of William Greider's keynote address at ECWD 2005 first appeared in GEO #68: Celebrating the 3rd Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy.  Although it was delivered almost 11 years ago, Greider's message is one that bears repeating still today. ]


"Be joyful even though you know all the facts."

~Wendell Berry

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In this video Brendan Martin, Founder and President of The Working World, talks about the origins of the financial industry and how we can build a better future with a financial "commons".

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Today, man is still, or more than ever, man's enemy, not only because he continues as much as ever to give himself over to massacres of his fellow kind, but also because he is sawing off the branch on which he is sitting: the environment.
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This is the third in a series of videos recorded during the fall of 2015 at a grantee gathering held by the Fund for Democratic Communities (F4DC) in Greensboro NC.

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This is the second in a series of videos recorded during the fall of 2015 at a grantee gathering held by the Fund for Democratic Communities (F4DC) in Greensboro NC.

The theme of the gathering was Big Ideas That Guide Our Work. In this video Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Member of Grassroots Economic Organizing Collective and author of Collective Courage, talks about how she came to understand the key role economic justice plays in broader social justice movements and communities.

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In early December of 2015, the CHS Foundation funded a $30,000 one-year planning grant for developing a Cooperative Education Hub and Online Community.

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On June 25, 2015 I visited a cooperative network in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It is named Unisol, which stands for Union of Cooperatives and Solidarity Enterprises. Unisol was an offshoot of the labor union movement and progressive political movement. It was started by the metal workers’ union of the Labor Party (PT).

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Unions met with worker cooperatives November 13th and 14th to consider how the two can work together to build an economy balancing profits with wider ownership, higher labor standards, environmental conservation, and community well-being. The Cincinnati Union Cooperative Initiative (CUCI) organized the symposium connecting varied unions with worker co-ops or planned co-ops across the country.

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