Gleanings

Brendan Martin (The Working World) shares how exploring different models of ownership can have ripple effects across economies and bring humanity into businesses. Worker cooperatives and other models of shared ownership, he says, bring a sense of agency to workers and allow each person who contributes to collective success to experience the benefits of that success.

The unemployment rate for working-age people with disabilities in 2012 was 15%, compared with a rate of 8% for working age individuals without disabilities. This substantial disparity have persisted despite years of technological advances that have made it possible for many people with disabilities to apply for and successfully perform a broad array of jobs.

It's probably not a stretch to say Emmett Hutchinson could be Wirth Cooperative Grocery store's biggest booster. He brought in more than three dozen new shoppers after the Aug. 10 opening with an enthusiastic pitch.

"Come and check it out. It's our store," he said. "This is a community store, so it's our store."

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