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[Editor's note: this video from AroundTheWorld.coop profiles a Southern Italian social cooperative that has received land and a building confiscated from the Mafia.  For an in depth examination of the intersection between the fight against organized crime and the flourishing of co-ops in Italy, see From Clans to Co-ops by Theodoros Rakopoulos.]

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[Editors note: Last year, Cath Muller of Radical Routes traveled from the UK to the US, via Spain and the Canary Islands (on a sail boat) to visit and learn from cooperatives on this side of the pond. In this interview she discusses her history and current work in the cooperative movement, and the differences between co-ops in the US and in the UK.]

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cross-posted from Unicorn Riot

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Steps to operating a community squash growing cooperative.
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cross-posted from The Socialist Entrepreneur

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Equal Care Co-op co-founder Emma Back talks with Leo Sammallahti and Josh Davis about the process of forming the UK's first multi-stakeholder social care platform co-op.

Support he Equal Care Co-op crowdfunder campaign here.

 

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[Editor's note: The participants in this conversation are all users of Social.Coop, a cooperatively managed social network. To join Social.Coop, click here. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties during the recording session we lost a few minutes of Michaela's talk as well as a question from Emi. Our content manager promises to do better next time.

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cross-posted from Matslats

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In Brussels I interviewed Antoine Struelens, co-founder of the worker cooperative Molenbike. Molenbike has the ambitions to start a platform coop and build an alternative to the commercial local food delivery platforms.

 

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cross-posted from the P2P Foundation

This is a story about people who build their own machines. It’s a story about people who, due to necessity and/or conscious choice, do not buy commercial equipment to work their lands or animals, but who invent, create and adapt machines to their specific needs: for harvesting legumes, for hammering poles, for hitching tools onto tractors.

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“Hold my hand I need you for courage.
We become who we are together,
each needing the other. Alone is a myth.”
    ~Gunilla Norris

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Upstream podcast talks with Mondragon worker-owners and Kali Akuno of Cooperation Jackson
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cross-posted from the P2P Foundation

It might come as a surprise – but something innovative is happening in Hull.

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cross-posted from the P2P Foundation

Last year I went to Catalonia to conduct a field-study of one of the most interesting cooperative projects which have emerged in Europe in the age of crisis: the Catalan Integral Cooperative (CIC).

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