Worker Cooperatives

Businesses that are owned and democratically controlled by their workers/employees (called "worker-owners").

cross-posted from YES! Magazine

“Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done!

There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.

And the magical things you can do with that ball

will make you the winning-est winner of all.

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While many organizations use ambiguity to strategically build a "unified diversity" around an organization's mission, democratically managed organizations need to tread a narrow path between necessary ambiguity (which allows flexibility) and dysfunctional ambiguity (which causes disarray).
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On February 4, 2018 Kali Akuno of Cooperation Jackson spoke on the challenges and opportunities facing Black communities struggling for self-determination in Jackson, MS and beyond.

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Read parts one and two here and here.

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Read part one here.

There is a really great cop show I neglected to mention in part one: The Wire. During its run it didn’t pick up any awards and suffered from low viewership. Now it is regarded as one of the best shows in television history and partly considered to be responsible for ushering in the modern golden age of TV.

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A plan to convert large, publicly-traded businesses to worker cooperatives, even when the current owners don't want to go along. Financing provided by modern financial instruments.
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Vernon and Jim discuss the process of establishing a worker co-op, and the steps companies should take to prepare for the transition to a worker co-op. 

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The cop drama exists in infinite variations. Cop drama set in New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Hawaii: CSI, Law & Order, Criminal Minds, Hawaii Five-O. Cop drama plus a writer of cop dramas: Castle. Cop drama plus a zombie: iZombie. Cop drama plus the devil: Lucifer.
 
The assumption is nothing beats a good serialized cop show. Insert interesting characters and you've got a hit. Insert a cool gimmick and you’ve got a fandom.
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Nathan Schneider, scholar-in-residence of media studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, views the origins of the digital platform as a direct response to the global financial crisis of 2008. This period of instability “required people to reconfigure their economic lives,” Schneider says, “and they turned towards the platform economy out of need and hope.”

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cross-posted from YES! Magazine

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From taking power to making power. This week on The Laura Flanders Show, a special report from Athens, Greece where many are asking if progressives in government can change much at all if people don’t first change society. In 2015, anti-austerity Greeks were disappointed by the progressive left Syriza government, which they'd voted into office after the financial crisis, but the other things they did to meet society’s needs just might be sowing the seeds for transformation.

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[Editor's note: Ajamu Nangwaya has been a cooperative educator and trainer with the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, served as a board member for the US Federation for Worker Cooperatives, and is the co-author (with Kali Akuno) of the forthcoming book Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi.

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Mandela MarketPlace is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with local residents, family farmers, and community-based businesses to improve health, create wealth, and build assets through cooperative food enterprises in low income communities. Our approach is based on a systems model that addresses issues of economic disinvestment, food insecurity, and health inequity, building on community assets to cultivate a thriving food hub.

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"Cooperative Care: Empowered Caregiving" is a 40-minute documentary about a home health care coop in Wisconsin. The film explores the philosophy of the group and the daily activities of the CNAs who work there.

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