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GEO is happy to announce that we will once again be offering our Advancing the Development of Worker Cooperatives one-day mini-conference in conjunction with the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy.  This presession will be held on Friday, June 9th from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.  The day will be broken into two sessions.  Cost are $55 for one of the sessions, or $90 for the full day (lunch is included for

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cross-posted from YES! Magazine

Food security, traditional agriculture, and local self-reliance are key to regenerative societies of the future, say water protectors taking the movement’s lessons forward.

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[Editors note: Last year, Cath Muller of Radical Routes traveled from the UK to the US, via Spain and the Canary Islands (on a sail boat) to visit and learn from cooperatives on this side of the pond. In this interview she discusses her history and current work in the cooperative movement, and the differences between co-ops in the US and in the UK.]

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FLORENCE, MA- Unlike most print shops, in the last decade Collective Copies, a 36 year-old worker cooperative, hasn’t been scaling back their business — they’re expanding. The shop owes its most recent successes to leveraging its co-operative identity. The newest addition to the co-operative’s equipment is a wide format printer purchased with a loan from their own support co-operative, the Valley Alliance of Worker Co-ops (VAWC). With this addition, the business is now capable of scanning and creating extremely complex images on a massive scale.

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Join Real Pickles, Equal Exchange, and Democracy Brewing for a lively and interactive panel on how three local companies are using worker ownership and fermentation to change our food industry for the better.

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[Editor's note: alert reader Brigit McCone recently made us aware of an important cooperative advocate whose work on Native American solidarity economics has been largely overlooked, including in our own publication. Fortunately for us and our readers, Brigit has penned a brief introduction to the work of Laura Cornelius Kellogg. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.]

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cross-posted from the TESA blog

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Will Wilkinson, one of the deeply democratic conservatives over at the Niskanen Center, recently asked, “…what, today, do Americans call ‘home’?”

Then he answered his own question:

cross-posted from Shareable

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[Editor's note: this talk by Ed Whitfield of the Fund for Democratic Communities at the 38th Annual E.F. Schumacher Lecture series somehow managed to slip through out net when it was posted on Youtube last December. We present it now, as Ed's insightful commentary on our movement (and its failings) is as relevant now as it was last year. Ed's talk begins at about the 8 minute mark.]

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In our third and final installment of interviews from the 2018 Worker Cooperative National Conference, we hear from Paul of the Colorado Solidarity Fund, a cooperative investment club, and Parag Khandhar of the Asian American Solidarity Economies project.

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Tea Party leader, Ray ­­­­­Warrick, and Black Lives Matter leader, Hawk Newsome, shared the same platform at the Better Angels convention, June 21, 2019. David Blankenhorn, co-founder and president of Better Angels, moderated their discussion.

The USFWC Policy and Advocacy Council hosts quarterly public webinars on current topics. This quarter, we will be focusing on the resources you need to communicate with your local small business development centers, who are responsible for sharing information about worker ownership after the Main Street Employee Ownership Act.

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In part two of our series of interviews with attendees at last year's Worker Cooperative National Conference, we hear from B. Anthony Holley and Noémi Giszpenc about building cooperative support organizations.

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In RE: Polarization 1 I shared how Cornel West, an ardent Leftist intellectual and activist, would approach somebody with whom he had extreme political disagreement. Two examples were explored: an hypothetical  KKK member and Louis Farrakhan. In both cases he would use the same approach: come out of love and seek to understand them in order to find common ground for dialog.

I struggle to genuinely listen to people who say things that either piss me off or that I deeply disagree with, especially when I experience it as a personal attack. At the same time I have spent the past 40 years working on how to listen in order to understand the other. I have accomplished a lot, but feel like Sisyphus a lot of times. To make things more complicated I am writing a book about democracy in which listening to understand the other is one of the main themes. At the same time, going from the frying pan to the fire, I am immersed in very polarized situation.

The current climate in education has shifted from teaching basic life skills in classes formally known as “Life Skills/Home Economics,” to only focusing on academic knowledge through testing and assessments.

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Democratizing Finance: Origins of the Community Development Financial Institutions Movement
Clifford N. Rosenthal
Friesen Press, 2019

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Rebecca Kemble was first struck by worker cooperatives when she became a cab driver at Union Cab Cooperative and learned that she was one part of democratically owning and operating the cooperative. Since then, she’s advocated for worker cooperative models, which transfer ownership, decision-making and control into the hands of laborers. On today’s show, Kemble hosts the show and invites a bevy of guests with expertise on the subject to weigh in.

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