Gleanings

Conflict doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It’s complicated and messy at times. It can influence the team’s and each person’s productivity, well-being, and dynamics. It can derail your meetings leading to poor collective decision-making.

Mondragon, the family of co-operatives which have developed from their Basque homelands into a worldwide set of businesses, have a new promotional video out.  But do you know what? I’m a little disappointed. The video could have been made by almost any multinational, looking to promote itself. There’s only tangential mention of co-operation or worker engagement (and is it my imagination or does the video seem to suggest that it’s a man’s world in Mondragon?). A slight sense of a lost opportunity.

We’re excited to share with you this new report featuring 25 enterprises from across the US that actually help make communities more resilient (rather than extracting wealth and resources), based on Transition Network’s REconomy framework for resilience-building enterprises!

These  two  ideas  at  the  heart  of  the  Occupy  Movement — the  struggle against  structural  inequality  and  the  desire  for  a more directly  democratic process to take back control over our lives — share much in common with the ideas underlying Community Economic Development (CED).  Contemporary CED first emerged in the 1960s and 1970s, when activists in low-income   communities   fought   for local   residents   to   have   a   direct leadership role in efforts to revitalize those communities, and, in an era of widespread protest movements and civil unrest, private fo

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