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Rita Haynes - CEO Emeritus, Faith Community United Credit Union

John D. Honson - Retired President & CEO, CHS, Inc.

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cross-posted from Unicorn Riot

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Humans and our organizations are inextricably linked with local, regional, and global ecological systems. Sociocracy is whole systems design for how we organize ourselves and make decisions. Permaculture is whole systems design for re-integrating humans with the ecologies we depend on for our existence - for example water, food, fuel, shelter. Together they provide powerful design approaches that support resilient, adaptable, connected systems.

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Nathan Schneider, scholar-in-residence of media studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, views the origins of the digital platform as a direct response to the global financial crisis of 2008. This period of instability “required people to reconfigure their economic lives,” Schneider says, “and they turned towards the platform economy out of need and hope.”

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This week on the show, Patri Ramirez Gonzalez from the Puerto Rico/Detroit Solidarity Exchange Network talks about grassroots plans to save family farmers and the ecosystem in Puerto Rico, and Trishala Deb, Asia regional director for Thousand Currents, a grant-making organization with partners across the world, shares hard won lessons from grassroots activists in Asia.

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Do your meetings get side-tracked and off-topic? Does your group have a difficult time following through on decisions? Jennifer Rau of Sociocracy For All (SoFA) offers some tips for getting the most out of meetings and avoiding common pitfalls.

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There is fresh interest in initiating and maintaining a digital commons to provide vital restbite against the wave on demand mobile apps and share economy services. This can be witnessed in tech start-ups and entrepreneurs shifting towards a co-operative business model, in what has been named as platform co-operavatism.

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From taking power to making power. This week on The Laura Flanders Show, a special report from Athens, Greece where many are asking if progressives in government can change much at all if people don’t first change society. In 2015, anti-austerity Greeks were disappointed by the progressive left Syriza government, which they'd voted into office after the financial crisis, but the other things they did to meet society’s needs just might be sowing the seeds for transformation.

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Mandela MarketPlace is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with local residents, family farmers, and community-based businesses to improve health, create wealth, and build assets through cooperative food enterprises in low income communities. Our approach is based on a systems model that addresses issues of economic disinvestment, food insecurity, and health inequity, building on community assets to cultivate a thriving food hub.

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Pat Streeter, Vice President of Park Plaza Cooperative, provides experienced insight into the benefits of becoming a resident owned community. Park Plaza became resident-owned in 2011 and has since completed over $1 million in infrastructure improvements including a complete overhaul of the community’s water and storm sewer systems.

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"Cooperative Care: Empowered Caregiving" is a 40-minute documentary about a home health care coop in Wisconsin. The film explores the philosophy of the group and the daily activities of the CNAs who work there.

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This is a documentary about Community Living at Ecovillage at Ithaca. EVI is an intentional community that is focused around using less resources, and it aims to educate the rest of the world about Ecovillage life.

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Robert Matney is Co-Owner and COO of Polycot Associates, a web development agency and is a co-founder and Technology Director of Whirligig Productions. Robert is also Technology Director for Hidden Room Theatre and a Board Trustee for Austin Shakespeare, a multi-award-winning stage and voice actor and director, and a web technologist with Polycot Associates...

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[Editor's note: This presentation was part of the 2016 Left Forum (Rage, Rebellion, Revolution: Organizing Our Power), held at John Jay College of Criminal Justice on May 21, 2016.]

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Impact Investing in Worker Cooperatives: How to get involved from Alison Lingane on Vimeo.

 

Worker cooperatives are a highly underrepresented business model that have tremendous positive impacts for employees, businesses and communities.

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Step-by-step guide to starting a worker co-op. Includes sections for incubated co-ops and conversions of traditional businesses to worker-owned cooperatives.
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[Editor's note: below are two videos about the new board game from worker cooperative Toolbox for Education and Social Action (TESA), Rise Up!  You can listen to an interview with TESA worker-owners Darya Marchenkova and Brian Van Slyke here.  To purchase a copy of Rise Up!, click here.]

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A conversation with Darya Marchenkova and Brian Van Slyke of the Toolbox for Education and Social Action (TESA) worker co-op. Topics include TESA's new board game Rise Up!, what it's like to work in a geographically distributed collective, and how the collective has balanced consensus  and autonomous decision-making.

Toolbox for Education and Social Action website

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