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You like contributing and helping others, and you also want to improve how you work together. But finding the right words to give feedback is hard - especially when you see something that needs improvement. How can you think about feedback so it is easy to give and easy for people to hear? NVC (non-violent communication) and sociocracy are a powerful combination of frameworks that help us becoming resilient, self-healing organizations, improving how we work together and how we relate to each other as human beings.

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A plan to convert large, publicly-traded businesses to worker cooperatives, even when the current owners don't want to go along. Financing provided by modern financial instruments.
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[Editor's note: you can read Amanda Huron's history of limited-equity housing cooperatives in Washington, D.C. here. This interview was recorded in the Spring of 2016.]

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Vernon and Jim discuss the process of establishing a worker co-op, and the steps companies should take to prepare for the transition to a worker co-op. 

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[Editor's note: Last week GEO published part 1 of Paul Krumm's essay, Moral Money and Finance, which presented a design for a simple community credit system.  Below is the concluding section of that essay, which considers the ways our current monetary system works to the detriment of the Commons and how a "simple money" system could mitigate these effects.  To read the middle section of the essay, which focuses on the fatal weakness of the design of the US national monetary system and its

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What is the proper relationship between operations and policy, why do you need policy? We don’t want to be overrun by our operations but we also don’t want collaboration to be slow and tedious. Tips from Sociocracy.

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Part two will be posted 1/19/18

 

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The cop drama exists in infinite variations. Cop drama set in New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Hawaii: CSI, Law & Order, Criminal Minds, Hawaii Five-O. Cop drama plus a writer of cop dramas: Castle. Cop drama plus a zombie: iZombie. Cop drama plus the devil: Lucifer.
 
The assumption is nothing beats a good serialized cop show. Insert interesting characters and you've got a hit. Insert a cool gimmick and you’ve got a fandom.
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In this essay, I will reflect on my experiences with autonomy and solidarity in the autonomous Zapatista caracol of Oventik and the ways I hope to practically create spaces of collective autonomy in the United States. 

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The principles of permaculture and sociocracy are well aligned, making these two natural partners. But for permaculture organizations that did not start out using sociocracy, what is it like for the community to learn and to adopt sociocracy as their governing approach? What are the challenges, the wins and some tips to help permaculturists who are new to sociocracy, to get started?

Hear from our guest speakers, Henny Freitas and Julian Howell, who share this vision and who have been in the trenches seeing what it’s like for permaculture organizations to adopt sociocracy.

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Can sanctuary exist in a state that still insists on broken windows policing? This week on the Laura Flanders Show, Ravi Ragbir and Sara Gozalo of The New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City describe pushing back state pressure and creating real sanctuary, communally, through partnering not policing.

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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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The Therapy Journal
by Steve Wineman
Golden Antelope Press, 2017

 

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