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“It was only a matter of time before someone decided that two disruptive concepts — ride-sharing and digital currencies — were two great tastes that go great together,” said Eitan Katchka, one of over 50 La’Zooz contributors.

These labor markets depend on a kind of internalized offshoring. By fine-tuning an increasingly unstable employment regime—part of a countrywide “jobless recovery”—companies can focus on retaining and fairly compensating highly skilled (and highly sought after) employees, such as engineers, lawyers, programmers, doctors, and scientists.

Apple has 98,000 employees and earned $39.5 billion after tax over the past year. If Apple was a worker cooperative, then each employee would’ve received a $403,000 dividend on top of their salaries. Even the lowest paid worker would’ve earned at least $403,000 in Apple as worker cooperative.

The week before the event I sent my kids scrambling to find things to add to our give-away pile. My kids knew which parents were coming to the exchange so the clean-out was fun.

In a sparsely populated country with a short summer and long, hard winter, the idea of people working together for a common interest comes naturally. As a result there are more member-owners of co-operative enterprises in Finland than there are people.

Finger pointing is rife at the Willy Street Co-op after union backers at the co-op's two stores pulled the plug on a union vote, scheduled to begin Tuesday, and some workers say the issue, simmering for nearly three months, is taking its toll.

"It's obviously affecting a lot of us in ways that aren’t too fun," said eastside co-op produce worker Wayde Lawler.

After a turbulent year, the UK’s largest co-op, The Co-operative Group, has voted to radically change the way it is governed. It was previously criticised for being ‘ungovernable’, but the Group says its new structure will increase democracy.

Worker cooperatives are a powerful tool for economic and community development. This resource describes their role in creating a more just economy. It provides an overview of the benefits of the cooperative form, with examples of existing cooperatives and quotes from worker-owners.

Sky Blue found his proper place in the world when he was 19, a college dropout who visited a Virginia commune called Twin Oaks.  Fifteen years later, he’s still there, amid a thriving mini-society spread out over 450 acres of farmland, gardens, woods and small factories.

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