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In Brussels I interviewed Antoine Struelens, co-founder of the worker cooperative Molenbike. Molenbike has the ambitions to start a platform coop and build an alternative to the commercial local food delivery platforms.

 

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Left Forum panel - June 2, 2018, New York City.

Since 2007, the Workers' Economy Network has brought together some 800 recuperated and self-managed enterprises, cooperatives, social economy organizations, trade unions, and researchers committed to self-management practices and to a new workers' economy.

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[Author’s note: It can often appear that new organizations spring out of thin air, but movements and groups are built through the hard work of dedicated volunteers. SolidarityNYC’s work in the research, development, and organizing for a solidarity economy movement in New York City is largely unknown, undocumented, ignored, and misunderstood.

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[Author's note: Odd Jobs Cooperative (OJC) will be a monthly series that will hopefully develop into a shared world narrative. Other contributors that would like to write within the world about other cooperatives or collaborate on OJC chapters are welcome. If interested, please contact GEO for more details.]

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Welcome to Planet Community! In our pilot episode we explore Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, in Northeastern Missouri.

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cross-posted with permission from Medium

Starting and growing a young organization is a tender and complex process. In setting up a new organization, we have to make three decisions:

cross-posted from the P2P Foundation

This is a story about people who build their own machines. It’s a story about people who, due to necessity and/or conscious choice, do not buy commercial equipment to work their lands or animals, but who invent, create and adapt machines to their specific needs: for harvesting legumes, for hammering poles, for hitching tools onto tractors.

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Green building could be our salvation or hasten our destruction, depending on what we pursue and how. Here are a dozen suggestions to make the former more likely.
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Once there was a people who lived on crumbs.  

The crumbs were the only sustenance to be found on the hard, barren land which the people inhabited, and consequently the competition for crumbs was intense.   

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“Hold my hand I need you for courage.
We become who we are together,
each needing the other. Alone is a myth.”
    ~Gunilla Norris

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Upstream podcast talks with Mondragon worker-owners and Kali Akuno of Cooperation Jackson
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What would students in debt, worker coops, and entrepreneurs stand to gain from a public bank in the financial capital of the world? This week, putting communities over commodities with leading figures in the fight for a new economy for working people.

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A history of cooperative and union efforts in California. Keywords: Worker Cooperative, Worker Co-op, Co-op, Cooperative, California, Unions, Food Conspiracy
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cross-posted from Shareable

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Adapted from a Final Masters Project in Applied Social Economy and Cooperative Enterprise for the School of Business Administration, Mondragón University, Oñati, Euskadi / Spain. July, 2017

The survey form and research data are available on request, under a Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution-ShareAlike International License.  Read part one here.

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