Washington, DC - The Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) recently approved $17,250 in Howard Bowers Fund grants to support training for cooperative boards, management, and staff.  Grants were made to:

Lancaster Farm Fresh is a farmer-owned cooperative that increases access to regional markets for local organic farmers.

The Seed is a downtown worker-owned restaurant serving affordable, vegetarian and vegan fare and promoting community engagement.

[I]t’s difficult to get big bucks roaming your land if your neighbors keep shooting the deer when they are young.

American media is fond of speaking about “Russian Oligarchs” as if Russia were the only nation that allowed accumulation of such unprecedented wealth. The Yeltsin days of dis-order and collapse indeed saw the rapid rise of many fortunes and oligarchs—persons of very much wealth.

Traditional businesses use a relatively straightforward formula for evaluating success. Profit means a job well done while loss spells trouble.

In the first half of this podcast interview, Yochai Gal discusses his experience starting two IT worker co-ops; one in San Francisco and one Boston. 


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The language of Commons is increasingly being used by autonomists and state socialists alike. I find this both exciting and potentially unifying as far as diverse positions finding some common ground, as well as disconcerting. I experienced a recent example of both of these things at a gathering on the topic of the struggle for the Commons in Europe.

Part 1: The digital revolution

As people-centred organisations, co-operatives should be pioneers in the digital revolution. How has digital changed businesses over the past decade, plus what does it mean for co-operatives?

Comcast just doubled its broadband speeds in the entire state of Colorado — but without raising rates. Longmont, Colorado’s network take rate after one week of signing up subscribers exceeded its projections for the first year.


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