While digital technologies offer movements a heightened ability to seize the public’s imagination, evade censorship, and mobilize the flock, Tufekci argues that these same advantages circumvent the difficult, long-term process of building a political organization. What ignites digitally augmented movements at the beginning undermines them in the end.

The Co-operative College is delighted to announce that it has been successful in its bid to the Scottish Government to continue its co-operative development work in Malawi.

The need for new leadership in cooperative and community organizing has never been so great. We need people who possess not only the necessary skills to perform their jobs, but also the vision and dedication to bring movements into the new millennium.

In order to thrive, we must educate future co-op leaders about cooperative models and values as a viable alternative to traditional business models.

Around 2,500 co-op housing properties have been developed in Victoria state, where social housing represents only 3% of all housing. By contrast, the national average is 5% – while in the UK, social housing accounts for 17% of all households. The lack of affordable housing has resulted in homelessness and unsanitary living conditions.

"In 2007, we created the F4DC with the idea of creating authentic democracy in communities and social justice organizations. This is something that was largely missing from our work. I truly believe that creating democracy is one of the most important things that we can do.  How do we make structures of, by and for the people? That is the simple economic gist of it."

Six years ago, the global economy nearly collapsed. Now big corporations and the wealthy are recovering well.

In our work to build communities of opportunity where low-income people and people of color can thrive, we must acknowledge that income is how you get out of poverty, assets are how you stay out.

However, not long after Laz received the eviction notice, she said a sort of miracle happened: She was approached by two organizers from Omni Commons, a self-styled "radical community resource center" that had just moved into the former rock venue on Shattuck at 48th.


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