cooperative commonwealth

Memory moves us as surely into the realm of what shall be as it moves us back to what has been: by extracting what is indeterminately lasting from the latter, it allows the former to come to us. --Edward S. Casey1

 

Why Do Some Worker Co-ops Succeed While Others Fail?
The Role of Internal and External Social Factors.
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Frank Lindenfeld and Pamela Wynn, Bloomsburg University, PA

 
Len Krimerman 

This issue is a much-belated tribute to Frank Lindenfeld, who co-founded both GEO (in 1992) and Changing Work Magazine (1984).

Visions & Models: 
...we are coming to our national worker co-op conference sounding the theme that worker co-ops are the solution. My worry, however, is...
A BRIEF HISTORY OF COOPERATIVES IN THE PITTSBURGH AREA By John Curl At the time of its incorporation in 1817, Pittsburgh was already a manufacturing center, with a population of around 6,000, supplying the western region with artisanal products almost entirely made by home industry. It had become a manufacturing center during the war of 1812, when the supply of British-made goods have been cut off in the region. In 1817 most manufacturing was still done by independent self-employed artisans using hand tools. But their livelihood was already threatened by the growth of a new system that was making their economy obsolete: factories and wage labor.
Regions: 
By Len Krimerman

In 1995, the International Cooperative Alliance adopted seven cooperative principles to define and guide cooperatives throughout the world. Briefly stated, the "traditional seven" include: voluntary and open membership; democratic member control; member economic participation; autonomy and independence; education, training and information; cooperation among cooperatives; and concern for community.

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