October is one of my favorite months of the year.  In Vermont, where Webskillet is based, it happens to be one of the prettiest times of the year, with fall foliage at its peak.  It’s also a time we start packing away the summer clothes, bring out the winter gear and prepare to get cozy for the months ahead.

You might think the bleeding edge is populated with high tech start-ups, but there are folks out there leading their respective packs you may have never thought of. Take grocery stores for instance.

Deobuleorak Community, a people-centered cooperative for the elderly in Gwangju’s Gwangsan district, is neither an NGO nor a non-profit. It was formed through the voluntary involvement of elderly people and the assistance of citizens, and the local government also took part in the negotiations.

Participants will learn about how to start a farm cooperative through this daylong workshop.  They will explore ways that farms and farmers cooperate together to access land, share tools and labor, share responsibilities, and to increase their markets.  This workshop will share examples of farm cooperatives including worker and producer models.

From feeding the world’s growing population to keeping local shops alive, co-operatives can provide solutions to problems at all levels. This was the message highlighted at many events at the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives, alongside discussions on what needs to be done to strengthen the local and global impact of co-ops.

Millions are rising globally to challenge corporate domination of government, people, and the commons, and building a ‘movement of movements’. Hundreds gathered in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, for the ‘Moving Beyond Capitalism’ Conference in August, 2014, and we share the millions’ principles for building a new world.

Cooperatives are collective problem solvers, and community assets. They are also a perfect fit as a tool for community economic developers who want to create high-quality, long-lasting jobs.

"Everything that's happening around us is showing us that more and more people are realizing that in general, this system of capitalism that rests on a history of slavery and colonialism and continues the exploitation and war and violence to this day is not working for us," [Kshama Sawant] said. "We need an alternative.


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