The Creating a Life that Counts program will bring together young leaders in the cooperative, sustainability, and social enterprise movements to develop the interpersonal skills and relationships necessary for a career in social justice and transformation.

In Brazil, 1.8 million people are employed under this alternative economic model. But is it a viable way to reduce inequality and revolutionise labour relations?

Many people are distressed by the damage for-profit land development can do to communities. Formerly inexpensive and affordable properties are "upgraded" by expensive renovations or outright replacement, "gentrifying" them.

Keith: The ecological crisis seems to grow more dire every day. I live in Northern New Mexico and we had 70 inches of snow again this year. In the past the snow pack was over 200 inches filling our irrigation ditches into August, but once again the Acequias were already dry in mid-April.  Super-storm Sandy, floods in Southeast Asia, and many other extreme weather events indicate that we have already begun to experience the disastrous impacts of the climate crisis.

The US Conference of Mayors adopted The Shareable Cities Resolution

A friend sent this link to this New Clear Vision piece. In Swanson's piece there is a paragraph worth posting in your bathroom to get you going every morning:

Shareable is hosting a Sharing Cities Network. Learn more.

The Occupy Money Co-operative is getting NY Times coverage as it works its way to actually issuing pre-paid Visa Cards. Drawing smiley-face points from their association with Occupy Wall Street and the Co-operative movement, the initiative paints a comforting picture. I find two things troubling when I go to the Occupy Money Co-op web-site.

It’s incredible that worker-owned businesses have flourished in the economic rubble of Argentina where it is very difficult to conduct business at all.

Few institutions embody the image of Canada's international benevolence like non-governmental organizations devoted to development abroad. But do the actions of Canadian NGOs genuinely match this perception?

Triple Bottom Line (TBL) practice is a fundamentally different kind of commerce that is growing exponentially in the business world.

Eerik Wissenz, writing on Dmitry Orlov's valuable ClubOrlov, takes on the relentless push to privatize "The Commons". He points that while the privatizers are always claiming to be saving The Commons from unregulated over-use, privatization for profit motivates owners to over-use the property. Part one is linked above and part two can be read at this link. These are two of four parts, the remainder as yet to come on ClubOrlov.

the entry and expansion of Mondragon into the US is one of the most innovative and highest potential new initiatives to revitalize the labor and workers' movement
Debosree Roy reports on the emergence of the Re-weaving NC Conference, September 19-21 for building solidarity economies in North Carolina
PBS News Hour reports on"BerkShares," the local paper currency of Berkshire County in Massachusetts

News from the newly formed Austin Cooperative Business Association:

*Brian Donovan was recently named founding Executive Director

*According to the Black Star Coop blog, the effort is supported by the National Cooperative Business Association

The Emilia-Romagna region in Northern Italy is one of the most co-operative regions in the world

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