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THis is a fascinating interview of just over an hour with Gar. It offers a good overview of the importance of economic democracy.

With our session on the Non-Profit Industrial Complex coming up, this essay was especially refreshing. A member of the non-profit industrial complex talks candidly and cuttingly about the philanthropic foundations, particularly those on "the left".

Social Enterprise Dining Map Goes Global, Lists 300 Eateries

Support social enterprise by eating at one!

The Social Enterprise Dining Map has now grown to 300 restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, ice cream stores and catering services in eight countries on three continents. The latest batch of additions came from the Kibble Education and Care Centre (specifically Ruth Alcorn and Andrea Aitken) of Scotland; they posted more than 100 new eateries located in England, Scotland, Holland, Ireland, Australia and Hong Kong.

DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS FOLLOW COLLEGE CYCLIST-ACTIVISTS ACROSS COUNTRY FOR CO-OPERATIVE AWARENESS

 

To the Moon is a documentary in production about a youth-led, bike-powered movement to build momentum for American co-operatives

 

May 14th, 2012 - New York, NY

The United Nations declared 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives-- an initiative to jumpstart the promotion of cooperatives as an alternative business model and mode of living in response to a world of growing economic instability. A team of college students from the American Northeast have decided to seize this chance to make a difference their own way.

There has been a resurgence of interest in complementary currencies. With the Eurozone's austerity shutting down national economies in Greece, Italy, and Spain, local currencies are emerging as a tool fot communities to keep going and sustain themselves during periods of extreme economic deprivation. There has been coverage, for example, of an alternative currency scheme in Volos, Greece. The corporate media represents the currency as a "barter" system which it is not.

Vibrant nightly protests over the past week in downtown Montréal, in solidarity with the Quebec student strike, are sparking global attention. As the Quebec-wide strike continues - it has now been going for over 11 weeks - a new energy is apparent in the city.
In eighty other countries, May 1 is officially marked as International Workers Day. Not here in the US. So it’s no small thing that this May 1 in Los Angeles, Oakland, Seattle, Chicago, New York and scores of other places, tens of thousands of Americans picketed businesses, blocked intersections, held teach-ins, sang and took to the streets.
The gift economy questions an order that is already established, a trend where people accumulate more and have more difficulty in sharing, in giving, because they want to fit a global model that says that there’s not enough in this world for all of us, that says that the most intelligent people are the ones who are able to exploit others and gather more. That paradigm has been failing people for the longest time. Everyone thinks is the only model, which is not true.
The National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) is asking members and all friends of cooperatives to demonstrate their support of S. 2231, which will enable credit unions to support economic growth through increased small business lending. The bill is in the US Senate, and critical action on this bill could come in the next few weeks. It’s important that members of the Senate hear from the cooperative community about the importance of voting in favor of this legislation.

USFWC Members and Worker Coop Supporters,

I’m writing to ask you to support the completion of the documentary film about worker cooperatives, “Shift Change: Putting Democracy to Work.&rdquo

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