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Gloria Lowe and Vanessa Marr of the Detroit non-profit We Want Green, Too talk about the work they are doing with veterans and returning citizens to both rebuild and reimagine the city of Detroit.

 

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cross-posted from Commons Transition

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This is the second installment of the GEO monthly podcast.  This time, Lucy Greco of the DictationBridge development team tells us about their project to create a free, open-source assistive software tool for blind computer users that has the potential to bring a new level of computer accessibility to many vision-impared people across the world.  This collaborative effort is being supported by 3 Mouse Tech

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[Editor's note: The GEO Collective would like to extend a hearty congratulations to our long-time member Jessica Gordon Nembhard, who was recently recognized by the Cooperative Development Foundation for her years of work in support of the causes of social and economic justice and cooperation by being inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame.  Below is the video presentation from the induction ceremony, followed by an interview Jessica did with Laura Flanders, discussing her book Collective Courage: A Histor

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In Detroit, many once thriving neighborhoods lay in ruins.  Most of the houses in many  city blocks can be in a state of severe disrepair, including some that have been completely gutted or burned, with perhaps one or two inhabitable homes that appear to still have people living in them.

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This Kickstarter funded documentary begins with the following sobering statistics: In New York State a farm is lost every 3.5 days. 215,000 acres of farmland lie idle. Noticing the alarming rate in which local farms were being be sold off, in 2012 documentary filmmaker Sarah Teale (HBO’s The Weight of the Nation) formed a cooperative of grass-fed beef farmers called the Adirondack Grazers. Grazers follows the Co-Op’s first two years.

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"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are."

~ Anaïs Nin

by Josh Davis

Converting to renewable energy sources will do nothing to stop the environmental destruction caused by mining, logging, and other industrial processes, nor will it address increasing wealth inequality. If activists are serious about saving the planet need to recognize the corporate-led economy as the root problem to be overcome.
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[Editor's note: The Raise-Op housing cooperative is an organization in Lewiston-Auburn, Maine, that offers democratically controlled housing to its members and organizes residents to build equity for themselves and the greater community.   The video below was created for a crowd-funding campaign the co-op ran at the end of 2015.  In January of 2016, Raise-Op announced that they had raised 112% of their on-line fundraising goal!  You can learn more about Raise-Op and find out how to get involved on their website.

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As cooperative culture spreads into the tech world, Loomio is part of a new wave of entrepreneurs figuring out how to finance a more democratic, values-centered online economy.
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Author and professor Peter Linebaugh discusses his new book, The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day. Later in the show filmmaker Avi Lewis discusses worker-owned factories in Argentina, and Laura focuses on the intersectional feminism of 19th Century Anarchist Lucy Parsons. Peter Linebaugh is professor emeritus at the University of Toledo, and the author of many books, including the Magna Carta Manifesto; Stop Thief, The Commons, Enclosures and Resistance, and his newest, The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day.

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Introspection Exorcises Racism: Taking the Cocoa Powder Out of the American Brownie

by Pamela Boyce Simms

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This video documents Coopamare (Cooperativa dos Catadores Autônomos de Papel, Aparas e Materiais Reaproveitáveis), one of the pioneer cooperatives for collectors of recyclable material in Brazil.

SUSY is presenting examples of Good Practices in Social and Solidarity Economy around the world. Find out more here.

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One way to get a good grasp of cooperative/solidarity economics is to see how four key elements—ecosystem, ground-up, longterm, and transformative learning—work together in the process.

1. Ecosystem

Think Rain Forest

This article originally appeared in The Progressive MagazineReprinted with permission.

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[Editor's note: This short film documents the current state of BIOME (which also gets rendered as Viome, Vio.me, and VIOME) a cooperative and solidarity enterprise initiated by workers at a factory in Thessaloniki, Greece that was abandonded by its former owners during the financial crisis.  Workers and local community members took over the factory and managed it through a participatory process.  Today, 22 worker-owners at BIOME produce environmentally friendly cleaning products that are affordable for everyone.  While small, BIOME is proving the viability of radically

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