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GEO is happy to announce that we will once again be offering our Advancing the Development of Worker Cooperatives one-day mini-conference in conjunction with the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy.  This presession will be held on Friday, June 9th from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.  The day will be broken into two sessions.  Cost are $55 for one of the sessions, or $90 for the full day (lunch is included for

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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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cross-posted from YES! Magazine

Food security, traditional agriculture, and local self-reliance are key to regenerative societies of the future, say water protectors taking the movement’s lessons forward.

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Translated by Matt Noyes

(Thanks to Emi Do and Leo Sammallahti – MN)

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cross-posted from Each For All

“I don’t know if every “women’s thing” starts out because a woman was pissed off, but that’s been my history.”

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FLORENCE, MA- Unlike most print shops, in the last decade Collective Copies, a 36 year-old worker cooperative, hasn’t been scaling back their business — they’re expanding. The shop owes its most recent successes to leveraging its co-operative identity. The newest addition to the co-operative’s equipment is a wide format printer purchased with a loan from their own support co-operative, the Valley Alliance of Worker Co-ops (VAWC). With this addition, the business is now capable of scanning and creating extremely complex images on a massive scale.

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cross-posted from YES! Magazine

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Join Real Pickles, Equal Exchange, and Democracy Brewing for a lively and interactive panel on how three local companies are using worker ownership and fermentation to change our food industry for the better.

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[Editor's note: alert reader Brigit McCone recently made us aware of an important cooperative advocate whose work on Native American solidarity economics has been largely overlooked, including in our own publication. Fortunately for us and our readers, Brigit has penned a brief introduction to the work of Laura Cornelius Kellogg. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.]

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cross-posted from Each for All

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[Editor's note: this talk by Ed Whitfield of the Fund for Democratic Communities at the 38th Annual E.F. Schumacher Lecture series somehow managed to slip through out net when it was posted on Youtube last December. We present it now, as Ed's insightful commentary on our movement (and its failings) is as relevant now as it was last year. Ed's talk begins at about the 8 minute mark.]

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cross-posted from Each for All: The Cooperative Connection

In this episode of Each For All, we talk to Marty Frost, a prolific member of the co-op sector, Co-operative Developer with Devco, board member at CCEC Credit Union, Aunt Leah’s Foundation, and the British Columbia Co-operative Association. 

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In our third and final installment of interviews from the 2018 Worker Cooperative National Conference, we hear from Paul of the Colorado Solidarity Fund, a cooperative investment club, and Parag Khandhar of the Asian American Solidarity Economies project.

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In part two of our series of interviews with attendees at last year's Worker Cooperative National Conference, we hear from B. Anthony Holley and Noémi Giszpenc about building cooperative support organizations.

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Democratizing Finance: Origins of the Community Development Financial Institutions Movement
Clifford N. Rosenthal
Friesen Press, 2019

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