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Introspection Exorcises Racism: Taking the Cocoa Powder Out of the American Brownie

by Pamela Boyce Simms

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EMPOWERMENT AND LOVE 3.

 

Another title for this blog could be, “Being a stranger in a strange land, what do I do?” Maybe even, “…who am I?”

[Editor's note: we at GEO wish to extend our deepest condolences to the people of Ecuador who recently experienced a devastating earthquake that claimed the lives of hundreds of people.  The following article from our archives (originally published in 2004) recounts the beginnings of the Kallari Cooperative, a co-op composed of Kichwa farmers and artisans in the Ecuadorian Amazon.  From their start as a small handcraft cooperative, as detailed by Fernandes below, Kallari has grown into a successful bean-to-bar chocol

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(Movements Moving Together 20)                

One way to get a good grasp of cooperative/solidarity economics is to see how four key elements—ecosystem, ground-up, longterm, and transformative learning—work together in the process.

1. Ecosystem

Think Rain Forest

The Arizmendi Association is a federation of worker owned co-ops in the Bay area (CA). It is building a network of businesses to create an economy based on solidarity and cooperation.

L'Association Arizmendi est une fédération de coopératives de travailleurs dans le Baie de San Francisco (CA). Elle s'efforce de développer une économie locale basée sur la solidarité et la coopération.

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(Becoming the Change 7)                 

When we are about making the world better—as opposed to making it right—love is reigning. Then we are passionate about our movements. We are in a reign of love, and that love owns our power.

However, we are also passionate about being seen in the best light possible. Both by ourselves and by others. In a word, ego. This takes us into a reign of terror. There fear owns our power. We either bite, freeze, or bitterly hold our tongue.

In this video Umi Selah, Co-Founder of the Florida Dream Defenders, discusses the development of that organization and the struggles they face.

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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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by Josh Davis

 

If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

cross-posted from New Politics

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[Author's note: In a recent panel discussion, Democracy Collaborative co-founder Gar Alperovitz called for dialogue and debate regarding the pros and cons of the Evergreen model. It's my hope that this blog series will catalyze just such a discussion.  As most all the coverage of Evergreen so far has focused on the model's benefits, I focus here exclusively on what I see as a major drawback.  If something I have to say strikes you as offensive or wrong-headed, please respond in the comments.]

A growing number of cities are investing in co-ops to keep money local and neighborhoods affordable.
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[Editor's note: This article introduces an exciting new development at GEO — "Movement Pages". These are resource pages devoted to movements related to our own, that will be curated by activists from those areas. We hope that this will help stimulate cross-pollination of ideas and practices between our groups, and help to "de-silo" people who are working on different, but related, issues.

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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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