It is lunchtime at Suma Wholefoods' distribution warehouse. While most workers across Britain are preparing to inhale an overpriced chain-store sandwich at their desks, the 140 staff of the West Yorkshire co-operative are filing in for a plate of good, old-fashioned hot food.

Mr. Alperovitz tells Paul Jay that the experience of Spain's Mondragon, the world's largest workers' co-op, shows that workers' ownership can go to scale, but on their own co-ops will not transform society or the economy

 

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INTERNAL OPPRESSION. 

Three keys to that ‘other world’ we know is possible: empathy, sane rationality, and compassion. Empathy is our biological capacity that enables us to get another in their reality. That other includes everyone and everything, human and non-human. Empathy gives rationality the gut-level information it needs to make sane decisions, to keep it from running amok. It makes compassion—the deep caring for someone or something you have gotten—possible.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: We received that as an email and are passing it on to our readers. The formation of regional co-operative associations is a major development in the co-operative and solidarity economic movements. These are happening in western Massachusetts, Madison, WI, the Bay area, and elsewhere  as well as in Austin, TX with the ACBA. In addition, some valuable information about financial co-operatives follows thier invitation.)

IN THE LAST YEAR of his life, Martin Luther King Jr. struggled with what are best understood as existential challenges as he began to move toward an ever-more-profound and radical understanding of what would be required to deal with the nation’s domestic and international problems

This symposium will provide an opportunity to actively engage in discussion and debate with organizers, public officials and other DC residents on the prospects for equitable development.  The symposium, which organizers hope to make an annual event, is intended to emphasize the need for equitable development across the nation in general and within Washington DC in particular.

 

In MMT 2 I identified four key questions confronting any effort to bring autonomous democratic movements together. In MMT 3 I discussed the first one, and here I want to get into the second one, on which I think the whole game rides.

The Equal Exchange Customer Service Department is seeking a Customer Service Representative to serve our customers in food co-ops, grocery stores, cafes and food service institutions, and assist with serving school and congregational accounts customers as well. 

Some Spaniards are moving away from the country’s electric utilities “to form consumer cooperatives that generate or purchase power from renewable energy sources,” reports The Wall Street Journal.

“Their ranks—while still tiny—are being fed by consumer discontent over a government decision to curtail green-energy projects. The defections highlight the latest fallout from a broader debate over green energy now raging across Europe.”

Read the full article on Wall Street Journal Europe

by Cheyenna Weber

When survival is just another word for heartbreak I will usually make a soup.

The frustration of the left, given this exhaustion of traditional socialisms' appeal, arose from having no other broadly agreed-upon vision of an attractive alternative to capitalism. The left could not provide what mass audiences craved as they deepened their criticisms of capitalism's longer-term decline and short-term crisis.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: GEO has been following Mayor Gayle McLaughlin for over two years: here, here, and here. Now the NYTimes has caught up with her.)

Eminent Domain: a Long Shot Against Blight

By SHAILA DEWAN

This interview, shot May 2013 in Oakland, CA begins to introduce an idea that has been floating through my mind the past several years around the need for community colleges (in particular) to include training on cooperatives in their business programs, not as a form of  "kinder, gentler capitalism" but as community-based, capital subordinated business models hewing to the seven International Cooperative Principles.  The unemployed have headed back to community colleges to upgrade skills or to learn new skills. One of our local community colleges has a trades program.

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