GLEANINGS

Bruce A. Dixon of the Black Agenda Report reminds us that whenever we hold an even from a discussion group or featured speaker to a bigger protest, the event is only part of the activists' objectives. The other part is the collection of names and contact information for the people who show up and are willing to share their info.

As I stared into the gloomy room all I could see were the eyes of people at the meeting, eyes that were full of hope but also reflected the hard times they had lived through in their drought-ridden land. An infinite variety of flying insects were competing for a place around the four paraffin lamps that provided light at the meeting of co-op members that night.

International Acupuncture Cooperative Opens Groundbreaking New Acupuncture School

Will Train the Next Generation of Community Acupuncture Practitioners

At the 11th annual conference of the Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative (GCGI) held at the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, STWR hosted a panel on the theme ‘Making the Shift: Towards a Global Sharing Economy’. The presentations and Q&A session can be listened to below, with further resources.

Joe Caygill and Dave Kerin are the most unlikely of collaborators: one is a conservative-voting small businessman; the other, a Marx-quoting trade unionist. Caygill has been in the manufacturing industry for 30 years; he's the owner and CEO of Everlast, a hot water tank manufacturer based in Dandenong. But before long, he won't be the boss anymore – just a worker-owner like everybody else.

As a community grows, it attracts opportunists. In a small community, the benefit to an opportunist of mimicking a sign of trustworthiness is small, but as the community scales, the potential benefits for opportunists are larger, and the incentive to mimic trustworthiness is greater.

Longtime activist, historian and political-economic theorist Gar Alperovitz, whose America Beyond Capitalism was serialized on Truthout, conducted an email interview with us on the occasion of the creation of his new website.

[Editor's note: Last Friday, GEO shared the Cooperative Business Group's petition to stop proposed changes to the UK Co-operative Group's governance structure.  Ian Snaith provides the opposing view.]

An eclectic mix of co-operatives came together at The Green Gathering festival to promote co-operation as a basis for social change.

The Co-ops’ Camp at the festival saw 30 co-operators run workshops on issues including the ecological and economic resilience of co-operatives, permaculture, young people and the politics of common ownership.

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