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[Editor's note: we are publishing this article by Green Party organizer Frank Cetera because we think the ideas presented are interesting and potentially useful for our readers.  However, as a non-profit organizination, GEO does not endorse any political party or candidate, nor do we endorse the use of any particular software tool.]

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Black Lives Matter: Transformational Politics and Mainstream Politics, Take 2.

Well, somehow I missed the first 6 ½ minutes of the BLM encounter with Hilary Clinton that I wrote about in Becoming the Change 2. It’s good that I’m a blogger and not a reporter. J This time I will be working from the transcript of the encounter on Democracy Now.

[Editor's note: this is the third installment of GEO founding-member Len Krimerman's new memoir.  You can read the preface and introduction here, and chapter one here.  Look for chapter three next Monday.]

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Black Lives Matter: transformational politics and mainstream politics.

Two brief interviews with participants in GEO's 2015 Advancing the Development of Worker Cooperatives conference. The theme of the conference was "Regional Cooperative/Solidarity Economy Organizing."

Asar Amen-Ra from Detroit, MI and Georgia Julius from Troy, NY talk about why they came to the conference and developments in their local communities.

 

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[Editor's note: this is chapter one of GEO founding-member Len Krimerman's new memoir. We will be releasing additional chapters over the next month. Read the preface and introduction here.]

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cross-posted from YES! Magazine

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[Editor's note: Below is the preface and introduction to GEO founding member Len Krimerman's new memoir, Coming Alive in Dangerous Times (1961-1983).  We will be publishing Len's memoir serially, every Monday, over the next month, starting with Chapter 1, A New York Yankee in Louisiana,next week .  Here, Len discusses how he came to write a memoir, the value of memiorizing our life stories, and lays out the plan of the book.  GEO will be releasing Coming Alive as an ebook this fall.]

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New Era Windows Cooperative, the Chicago organization of workers which took over their company to form a successful workers' cooperative, was recognized for the

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[Editor's note: In this presentation from the 2015 Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy, Brian Mueller of Madison, Wisconsin's Isthmus Engineering Co-op discusses the basics of project management—what it is, phases and tools for project management, why  projects fail and what makes them succeed—as well the unique considerations for project management within the context of a worker cooperative.

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[Editor's note: this is the second "Walk on the Bright Side" column by GEO founding member Len Krimerman.  The first one can be found here.]

The spinoff model is an effective tool for worker cooperative development. By allowing owners with more appetite for risk to start new ventures, while taking advantage of already existing infrastructure and resources from the existing co-op, the spinoff model greatly reduces the costs and logistical considerations involved in creating a new worker co-op. Additionally, the mother and daughter co-ops can then work together, providing business and sharing expenses together, which allows for expansion of the movement without undue administrative overhead. Keywords: worker co-ops, development, spinoff
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More people are choosing the cooperative model to express their entrepreneurial spirit in the Northwest. The success of a co-op depends on many people and their efforts. Keywords: resident-owned communities, manufactured homes, worker coops
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Worker assistance programs and government funded co-op incubators have a poor track record for creating worker co-ops. More effective methods of creating worker cooperatives include converting existing businesses to worker co-ops and leveraging the institutional capacity of already existing co-ops to create new worker-owned businesses. Keywords: ESOP, conversion, worker assistance, economic democracy
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Let's try to get both a firm grasp and a large perspective on "regional co-operative/solidarity economic development," and what it has to do with “advancing the development of worker co-operatives.”

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Many people, including those in the labor and worker co-op movements, think that unions and co-ops are singularly mismatched.  Logic has it that worker co-ops don’t need to be unionized since workers own and manage their businesses, and that workers in labor unions just naturally aren’t entrepreneurial but rather are used to resisting “the boss.”  In addition, people may be familiar with large agricultural co-ops in the Midwest that fight with unionized workers, or with food co-ops that resist worker unionization.  

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