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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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Aaron Tanaka is founder and Director of the Boston-based Center for Economic Democracy. Aaron is also a community organizer, grant-maker, impact investor, and a founding organizer of the Boston Ujima Project, which brings together neighbors, workers, business owners and investors to create a new community-controlled regional economy. He is an Echoing Green and BALLE Fellow, and co-chair of the national New Economy Coalition and the Asian American Resource Workshop.

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Morning in La América Market Plaza is a bright mix of smells and colors. In the fruit stands, shelves are piled high with eggplants, avocados, and yellow mangos. Next door, the fresh green smell of rue and eucalyptus wafts from an herb seller’s booth. In another aisle, pots of bubbling soup fill the air with the smell of chicken and cilantro. In a small shop nearby, a vendor carefully stacks a wall of dark brown sugar bricks that reaches up towards the ceiling.

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Friday, March 8th, 2019. 6 pm EST, on Zoom.  Register here
 
Please join us for our second GEO Get-Together with Nathan Schneider and Cadwell Turnbull as they discuss their recent media work on solidarity economics.
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The Co-op Academy is a holistic cooperative entrepreneurship training and mentorship program with an emphasis on creating sustainable, member-owned businesses.

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I am sending a link to a TED talk. Unusal for me. This one is really unusual. If you watch the first two minutes or so, you will probably have to watch the whole thing.

It's about the core of democracy and our cooperative/solidarity movements far more than any scaling up efforts could possibly be. Everything we do needs to burn gently and fiercely with this, and that includes changing ourselves.

 

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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Longtime cooperative accountant Bruce Mayer reviews the basics of worker co-op taxation, and then goes into the ways that the new tax law might change how worker co-ops make financial decisions and operate their co-ops.

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cross-posted from the P2P Foundation

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Professor Wolff interviews Troy Walcott, a Spectrum Cable technician on strike in New York City. Walcott details the grievances of workers and customers and makes the case that a multi-stakeholder cooperative would provide better service and better jobs, without the profit-driven middlemen. 

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This is a first in what I hope will be a series of practical articles about the nut and bolts of setting up a worker cooperative. In this first article, I’m going to take a look at an important but poorly-understood subject: minimum profit plow-back rules.

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In this episode, Cadwell Turnbull talks with Tim Huet, a co-founder of the Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives, about the association's founding and how cooperative work has affected his life and relationships. They discuss the large role cooperatives have played in the love story between Tim and his wife, Kirsten Marshall, and how cooperatives can inspire people to hope for a better society.

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