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GRITtv has teamed up with TESA (the Toolbox for Education & Social Action) to make a short "how-to" video for people curious about co-ops. Own the Change: Building Economic Democracy One Worker Co-Op At a Time is the exciting result of that work!

Watch more videos from GRITtv on their website

 

Compared to the second quarter of 2013, membership declined at 54% of the nation’s credit unions in the second quarter of this year, according to the NCUA.

A movement is emerging in many places, under many guises: New Economy (or Economies), Regenerative Economy, Solidarity Economy, Next Economy, Caring Economy, Sharing Economy, Thriving Resilience, Community Resilience, Community Economics, Oppositional Economy, High Road Economy, and other names.

In reading online commentary I have come across many schools of thought on credit union strategy, focus, branding, marketing, and the like. A disappointing theme I see more and more is the idea that cooperative values don’t matter and therefore should cease to be a concern to credit union leaders.

The consumer is beginning to understand that corporate ag is not anybody’s friend. We need to see to it that we aren’t seen as “corporate ag, only smaller.”

What is the answer? We have to promote food policy that benefits the family-sized producers, not just corporate agriculture.

In France there are two cases of recuperated factories occupied by workers during the current crisis. One is the Pilpa Ice Cream Factory, which just started producing organic ice cream and yoghurt as a worker-owned and administered company after a long-lasting struggle. The other is the Fralib Tea Factory.

The Working World is a non-profit offering a new way for people to take control of their economic lives and change the heart of the working equation. We turn the financial system on its head and offer socially conscious investment to businesses and factories owned and operated democratically by workers themselves.

There are beer geeks. There are co-op geeks, too. Matt Cropp could be a hybrid.

"I geek out on co-ops," said Cropp, 27, of Burlington. He writes about credit unions and is making a video about a central Vermont electric co-op.

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