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The turmoil in Rome started in 2011 after the city’s budget cutbacks hollowed out public services and institutions, which left many people without affordable housing.

"Commons in action" is a joint program by the IASC and the Elinor Ostrom Award. For more information visit iasc-commons.org. Join and support the commons!

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The new economy has several different names including the sharing economy, the solidarity economy, community resilience, transition, the oppositional economy, and more. At its core, however, is an awareness that the existing economy, which thrives on maximizing growth and profits at all expense, has failed us.

The Equal Exchange Finance Department is looking to fill two positions to round out our team.  The announcements are posted on the EE website (http://equalexchange.coop/careers).  All responses (cover letter, resume, and answers to the questions) are due by October 15, 2014, emailed to:  eehire@equalexchange.coop

This is the text of a speech given by Frances Coppola at the UK Society of Co-Operatives Conference on September 7th 2014 at the University of Essex. 

The story of the Co-Op Bank is really the story of two banks: the Co-Op Bank itself, of course, but perhaps even more importantly – the story of the Britannia.

The Britannia story

In parts of West Africa and the Caribbean an ancient version of cooperative economics exists, called “susu.” As one of the oldest forms of microfinance in Africa, the practice is run by one of Africa’s oldest financial groups, susu collectors.  They run their businesses from kiosks in the marketplace and act as mobile bankers.

Your organization can lend valuable support to the worker co-op movement and receive exposure to a rapidly growing and passionate audience by sponsoring Own the Change. This documentary will have a wide viewership, online and in person, and its audience consists of influential people: city councilors, educators, and community organizers, as well as the general public.

WHEREAS, our employers are earning record profits while the wages of working families stagnate; and

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WHEREAS, worker ownership has proven to be fruitful when ownership means much more than just the value of a share; and

WHO: This event is for cooperative folk under age 35 who are interested in the cooperative model and movement.

HOW: We have a sliding scale for registration (25-200$), free lodging for the out-o-towners, and free access to rent-a-bike, too!

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