Organizational Support & Development

[Editor's note: this article was originally published in GEO Newsletter vol. 2, Issue 8, in 2011.

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"Cooperative Care: Empowered Caregiving" is a 40-minute documentary about a home health care coop in Wisconsin. The film explores the philosophy of the group and the daily activities of the CNAs who work there.

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This article was originally published in 2007 as part of GEO Newsletter #72/73: Worker Coops Unite!

Waushara County Director of Human Services Lucy Rowley, obtained a grant from the State of Wisconsin’s Community Links program in 1999 to study the possibility of creating a direct care worker cooperative. “I read about a cooperative of direct care workers out in the Bronx in New York,” said Rowley, “and I asked myself: why couldn’t we do something like that here in Waushara County?”

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cross-posted from FairCoop

It’s time to take control of our lives. Now is the time. We are building a socioeconomic system by the people and for the people, totally decentralized, open, cooperative and managed horizontally by all of its participants and taking all the decisions in assembly form. Meet and participate.

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This is the map of a new way of approaching economics. It is not a theory. It is working

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[Editor's note: This presentation was part of the 2016 Left Forum (Rage, Rebellion, Revolution: Organizing Our Power), held at John Jay College of Criminal Justice on May 21, 2016.]

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Originally published at In These Times

On a warm mid-June day in Greenbelt, Md., Lore Rosenthal loads 12 yellow buckets into her Prius. In a former life, the five-gallon buckets held pickles for Potbelly Sandwich Shop; now, they’re full of food scraps from the New Deal Café, a member-owned restaurant cooperative.

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Step-by-step guide to starting a worker co-op. Includes sections for incubated co-ops and conversions of traditional businesses to worker-owned cooperatives.
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[Editor's note: This paper was inspired by a presentation made during the Center for Global Justice's 2016 tour of Cuban worker cooperatives.]

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Cliff Martin and Len Krimerman discuss ways the cooperative movement can better engage youth, and how the Young People's Action Coalition is fostering the next generation of cooperative and social justice leadership. Also discussed is solidarity economy organizing in rural contexts and responses to the outcome of the 2016 US Presidential elections on the US solidarity economy movement.
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[Editor's note: This is the second of a two part examination of  the relationship between The Democracy Collaborative and the Evergreen Cooperatives of Cleveland, OH.  The author, Atlee McFellin, was a consultant and then employee of The Democracy Collaborative from February, 2011 until Novemeber, 2012.  Part 1 focused on the problems experienced by the Cooperatives and argues that they were largely a result of failures of the "anchor institution model" of co-op development.  Par

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At an informal weekend gathering in Cabot, VT in the summer of 2016, we were asked to guide a group of strangers on making a decision together. The decision to be made was which topics the group would devote our precious time together. We started a first go-around, following the standard Sociocratic process. It seemed easy. Our facilitator made a proposal and we all seemed to be on the same page.

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This is a recording of the webinar from Oct 2016 about how to deal with objections.  See our website for the decision-making sheet and other resources.

 

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Josefina Luna of CERO discusses relationships between cooperative consultants, developers and worker-owners with Josh Davis, in the seventh installment of the GEO podcast.

Dania Flores-Heagney of Access Consulting co-op provided interpretation services.

 

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cross-posted from Communites Magazine

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What makes a sociocratic circle meeting special? First of all, it is the effectiveness. It is how we run meetings, about who is in the room (only those who are directly working on the content), about how we improve and grow together as a team.

This video is a recording of a webinar on facilitation tools and techniques in sociocracy.

[Editor's note: This post is Part II of an essay by Michael Johnson. In it he proposes a democratic movement strategy that emphasizes a strong cultural component. In Part I he argued that culture is a powerful factor in political and economic dynamics, but currently almost all strategic thinking focuses just on structures and systems.

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Agriterra is a Netherlands-based organization which provides consultancy services for farmers and cooperatives, especially in third world countries. By collaborating with the Dutch agricultural organization and agricultural cooperatives and businesses, Agriterra supports economic development of farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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