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Chokwe Lumumba has died, an extraordinary leader who carried a radical vision forged in the 1970s black power movement into the 21st Century where he retooled it for eight transformational months in city government.

"If I want time off, I just write to my co-workers and tell them," the woman told me with what seemed to be a mix of bemusement and pride. We were chatting in the hallway as the Philadelphia edition of the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy (ECWD) wound down. She lacked the harried gleam of the more activist conference-goers. It turned out she had just been hired by a worker co-op after working for years in another business, and had come to learn more about working in a democratically run, worker-owned business.

I remembered what one of the community leaders had said during the Zapatista organizing school down in Chiapas, Mexico, when asked how in the world had they managed to build their own schools, sports teams, hospitals, cooperative businesses, clinics, judicial system and government. Which initiative did they start with? Was it the armed uprising? Or a school? Or a corner store?

The answer was far simpler: We started with trust.

 

We (At-Hand Apps) are one of very few workers co-op based on intellectual property.  Our iPhone/iPad GPS-based travel apps have been well received with New England At-Hand being the top-user rated New England travel app.

This Monday, February 24th, there will be a teleconference on the theme of this summer’s international conference on Moving Beyond Capitalism sponsored by the Center for Global Justice.

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Yesterday, the Co-operative Group unveiled its plan to turn around the organisation by seeking the views of the British public. Here are a collection of your thoughts from across social media …

Read the story at Co-operative News.

Join the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA CLUSA) and your peers from other cooperative sectors for the 2014 Co-op Talks.. These gatherings are designed to bring together leaders from all cooperative sectors and provide the opportunity to network and grow strategic alliances. And, we want to hear your ideas on how to grow the cooperative culture during the Nosh with NCBA CLUSA. Bring your entire leadership team and learn the advantages of cooperating among other cooperators.

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Everyone’s talking about romantic love. But what about collective love? We asked some of our favorite solidarity economy groups to talk about how they practice love, just in time for Valentine’s day.

Read the story from SolidarityNYC on Buzzfeed.com

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