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[Editors note: Last year, Cath Muller of Radical Routes traveled from the UK to the US, via Spain and the Canary Islands (on a sail boat) to visit and learn from cooperatives on this side of the pond. In this interview she discusses her history and current work in the cooperative movement, and the differences between co-ops in the US and in the UK.]

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cross-posted from Each For All

“I don’t know if every “women’s thing” starts out because a woman was pissed off, but that’s been my history.”

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cross-posted from Each for All: The Cooperative Connection

In this episode of Each For All, we talk to Marty Frost, a prolific member of the co-op sector, Co-operative Developer with Devco, board member at CCEC Credit Union, Aunt Leah’s Foundation, and the British Columbia Co-operative Association. 

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[Editor's note: The tri-lingual press release is embedded at the bottom of the page.]

GEO is happy to announce that the Cooperative Educators Network website is up and running! We’ve been working on this for quite awhile now and we thought it would be nice to share some of the project history and vision with our readers.

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[Editor's note: The participants in this conversation are all users of Social.Coop, a cooperatively managed social network. To join Social.Coop, click here. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties during the recording session we lost a few minutes of Michaela's talk as well as a question from Emi. Our content manager promises to do better next time.

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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.

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[Editor's note: the piece below was first published in the print edition of the GEO Newsletter, issue 52, in May of 2002.  While Len's reflections here were sparked by the attacks of 9/11 and their political and social fallout, they speak directly, and clearly to questions which are again being asked by many in the cooperative movement - this time due largely to the results of the 2016 US Presidential elections.  How much should we focus on local economics and how much on national and international p

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Culture Eats Structure 3                                                                         

 

 

[Editor's note: for background information about SolidarityNYC's #SolidiarityCities project, see the first article in the series here.]

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“There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy” (Hamlet: Act 1, Scene 5, Lines 167-168)

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[Editor's note: in these two videos from NASCO (North American Students of Cooperation), Laurent Levesque of l'Unité de travail pour l'implantation de logement étudiant (UTILE) discusses the local and global impacts of individual student co-ops and the student co-op movement as whole.  More videos from NASCO are available on their Youtube channel.]

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[Editor's note: in this important webinar, Elandria Williams and Jessica Gordon Nembhard of the US Solidarity Economy Network (SEN) host a discussion on the issues and conflicts surrounding race and colonization in the Cooperative/Solidarity Economy Movements.  Presenters include Shamako Noble of Hip Hop Congress, Cecilia Martinez of the Center for Ea

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OPEN CO-OPERATIVISM EMERGING

There is a very interesting development coming out of the UK and Western Europe. A network of folks over there are working hard on developing a framework for the convergence of co-operative, commons, solidarity, open source, and all the alternative economic movements. 

At this point they have identified three long term objectives:

[1] Build and Expand New Regimes of Law, Governance and Management; 

[2] Aggregate Patient Capital (aka “Co-Operative Accumulation”); 

Following the first four encuentros internacionales (international gatherings) of the “Workers’ Economy,” held in Argentina, Mexico and Brazil, from 2007 to 2013, and after the first Regional Gathering of Europe and the Mediterranean, in Marseille, France in January 2014, it is now proposed to conduct Regional Gatherings in every even-numbered year and Internat

MOVEMENTS MOVING TOGETHER  6.

When I try to explain what solidarity (or social or social-solidarity) economics is all about to someone who has never heard of it, I often ask them to imagine a rainforest, those awsome ecosystems that are often called such things as "incubators of life" and "lungs of the planet."  I quote from Wikipedia to help them make their picture:

[Editor’s Note: this article by Tony Patterson originally appeared on the Co-op Canada Accelerator blog in June of 2013. One year is an eternity in internet-time, but the suggestions Patterson makes have relevance today as much as last year, and in other countries as well as in Canada.]

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