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Worker Cooperatives and LLCs Webinar

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 16:24
Link: Worker Cooperatives & LLC's Webinar

This webinar summarizes what is, how it works, and a brief history and movement behind the “Worker Cooperative” and “Limited Liability Company”.

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Jeremy Corbyn on Worker Cooperatives

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 16:08
Link: Jeremy Corbyn on Worker Cooperatives As A Core Part of UK Labour Party Plan

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the UK Labour Party discusses the importance of worker cooperatives in empowering communities across Britain. Wealth inequality obstructs a democratic society. Emphasizing investment at a local level is central to Labour's plan to put money back in the pockets of working people and create a more equitable society.

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Help Stir to Action Recover After Fire

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 15:38
Link: Fire Appeal: Stir to Action

On July 7th, an accidental fire in a neighbouring studio wiped out Stir to Action's  office in Bridport, Dorset – we lost everything. We estimate we've lost around £15,000 in magazine stock and archive, new office furniture, office computers, and paperwork. And, of course, the office!*

This loss has disrupted our whole organisation and recovering from the fire will delay selling our latest issue , which fortunately arrived a few days after the office went up in smoke, announcing our planned New Economy Programme  to train a 1000 people, and other current projects . 

To see us through the next six months we're asking for support. We're not expecting to recover everything, but here are the basics that will help us get back on our feet!

Support Stir To Action at GoFundMe

 

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15 Recommendations for Platform Coops in Quebec

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 15:33
Link: 15 recommendations for Platform coops in Quebec

During the meetings and gatherings that I attend, held by « platform coops » activists, I often talk about my experience in Quebec. In 2017, I’ve attended the first meetings of the « laboratory of sharing economy ». This lab is mostly managed by the Quebec coop movement in order to modernize its model, thanks to the opportunities of sharing economy.

This work is at an early stage and is not perfect. But as platform coops have few success to put under the spotlights, baby steps should be shared.

Read the rest at Medium

 

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Weavers Way-Ambler Startup Merger Spurs Co-op Momentum

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 15:28
Link: Weavers Way-Ambler Startup Merger Spurs Co-op Momentum

When the only grocery store in Ambler, Pennsylvania closed, it galvanized the town of 6,500 people into action. Rather than recreate the former grocery store’s approach to conventional retailing, though, they explored launching a food co-op that would focus on a variety of products, including natural and organic. Ambler is a small town near Philadelphia in the midst of a Main Street resurgence. Having a locally-owned, locally-sourced food market felt like the right fit for the community.

The co-op effort spurred an awakening among townspeople eager for healthy choices. Like all startups, the co-op addressed the challenges of organizing the community effort. After 5 years focused on the startup, the Ambler Food Co-op turned to its neighbor Weavers Way, an established and more highly-resourced food co-op in nearby Philadelphia, to work together to leverage their assets to open the doors to their co-op. In 2016, Ambler merged with Weavers Way, and opened in the fall of 2017.

The merger brought many questions to the forefront for both organizations. How do you welcome a new community into a long-established business? How do you reach out to people unfamiliar with the co-op? What do you say to people about the co-op and its impact?

Read the rest at CDS Consulting Co-op

 

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Review: Humanizing the Economy

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 17:59

In Humanizing the Economy: Co-operatives in the Age of CapitalJohn Restakis, a veteran of the Canadian co-op movement, argues for increasing the role of co-operatives and economic democracy, without suggesting that they are a panacea.

Restakis’ argument is firmly grounded in a critique of corporate capitalism; the 2007-2008 financial crisis still loomed very large when the book was published. But Restakis is also highly critical of the disastrous and dehumanizing effects of authoritarian systems with centralized, planned economies.

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Freelancers join forces to tackle corruption and tax evasion

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 17:57
Link: Freelancers join forces to tackle corruption and tax evasion: Open Data Services

Together, these 15 people are Open Data Services. They have no office, no base, no hierarchy… but it is no problem. It is a co-operative of workers and in just three years the number of owners has almost quadrupled in size while annual turnover has leapt from £250,000 to in excess of £800,000. The four founders opted to set out as equal owners, with an equal say and equal share of profits. And as the co-operative has grown it has remained true to its original values and ethos.

Open Data Services co-founder Steven Flower said: “It was always in our minds, in our designs to grow and we needed people to make that happen. Programmers need to work with other programmers. And we wanted to use being a co-op as a way to attract people who share our values.”

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Accelerator for Cooperatively Owned Businesses Launches

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 18:32
Link: START.COOP LAUNCHES NATION’S FIRST CO-OP ACCELERATOR

A group of veteran entrepreneurs launched Start.coop this week, the first US-based accelerator for cooperatively owned startups. The group plans to raise over $2.5 million to help startups use distributed ownership models to create economies of scale, whether through well-established group purchasing models or through newer tech based “platform co-ops.” The accelerator is accepting applications for its first class starting this July.

The unique co-ownership structure of co-ops makes them incompatible with most existing accelerators and venture capital deals. Rather than looking to sell equity to investors, these entrepreneurs are looking to share their equity with their employees, customers, or users. Entrepreneurs from a wide range of sectors have already expressed an interest in applying to the accelerator. Possible participants include a team launching a driver-owned competitor to Uber, a purchasing co-op for local energy dealers, and a tech start-up in which patients own the profits on health research. Through Start.coop, each startup will receive an initial $10,000 in cash, and will have the chance to learn best practices from established mentors.

The initiative is led by Greg Brodsky, a 41-year-old Boston-based entrepreneur who has built national purchasing co-ops in both the bicycle and craft beer industries, and who is also the board chair of the Cooperative Development Institute.

Read the rest at Start.coop

 

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Modo Opens Doors to Learner Drivers

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 18:28
Link: Media Release: Modo becomes the first to open the doors to Learner Drivers

Member-owned co-operative Modo announces that, effective July 3rd the carsharing service will now allow drivers 16+ with an ‘L’ (Learner) designation to join as “Green Members”. Modo is the first carsharing company in North America to open the door to learner drivers and hopes that this move will inspire the next generation to consider carsharing over car ownership.

As part of Modo’s mandate, the two-way carsharing co-op aims to provide service that is as inclusive as possible and believes this exciting step forward will give families more freedom to choose a car-free lifestyle. And for those who own a car but would rather not spend the extra insurance premium required to cover new drivers, there’s an affordability advantage as well.

With summer break upon us, it’s a great time for parents and their teens to get some practice hours in with over 600 vehicles to choose from in more than 20 municipalities across the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Okanagan. The wide variety of vehicles will give student drivers the opportunity to learn to drive everything from compact cars to minivans and trucks.

Read the rest at Modo

 

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Bonfire Media Collective Crowdfunds Launch

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 16:56

We are a worker-owned business that tells stories to celebrate our shared communities, visions, and victories. We do video, photography, graphic design, social media campaigns, trainings, and communications strategy, and we’ve worked with dozens of clients in the Philadelphia area. After two years of being incubated by the Media Mobilizing Project, we’re ready to become an independent business. 

We’re excited to work with you as Bonfire Media Collective, but we also need your help. Starting a business is expensive, and none of us has the funds to bankroll our expenses out of pocket. That’s why we’re counting on you to help us get off the ground. 

Our goal is to raise $10,000 to help cover our costs to start up, from legal fees, to software and equipment, to rent and utilities. Can you help us get there? [note: as of July, 13th Bonfire Media has raised $10,250.]

Read the rest and support the campaign at GoFundMe

 

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Collective Copies is Hiring!

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 16:31
Link: Collective Copies is hiring!

Full-time, entry-level position available at worker-owned, Union print shop committed to social justice.

Six-month paid-apprenticeship with an opportunity for a permanent, ownership position.

Strong graphic design and communication skills are a must.

Must be available Saturdays and have experience with Adobe Creative Suite.

A fun, creative, and respectful working environment with great benefits including dental, full medical, and company-matching IRA.

Please send cover letter, resume and design samples to amherst at collective copies dot coop

 

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Interview from Worker Co-op Archive Project

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 17:44
Link: National Co-operative Archive

As part of the #WorkerCoops project we've been collecting oral histories from individuals involved in the worker co-op movement from the 1970s-90s. Here's a clip from one of the interviews with @annitownend , a member of Down to Earth wholefood co-op in Sheffield. #HLFsupported pic.twitter.com/CJ9akswLWS

— National Co-operative Archive (@CoopArchive) July 10, 2018  

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Solar Purchasing Coop Spreads Employee Ownership

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 15:04
Link: Amicus Solar Purchasing Coop Spreads Employee Ownership

Amicus Solar was founded in 2011 by six independent solar companies, including employee-owned cooperative and certified B Corp Namaste Solarand another B Corp, Technicians for Sustainability. Amicus Solar is led by cooperative veteran and former Namaste Solar employee-owner, Stephen Irvin, who serves as its president. Today Amicus includes 48 local and regional solar photovoltaic (PV) installers and developers who openly share and collaborate on a wide range of business issues, from operational efficiencies to sales and marketing strategies.

Similar to Best Western and Ace, Amicus is democratically owned by its members, 40 percent of which are B Corps and a growing number of which are employee owned. With five Amicus members having joined the cooperative as employee-owned companies (A&R Solar, Namaste, North Wind, PV Squared, and South Mountain), Amicus has made a conscious effort to educate its members about worker ownership. As a result, five member businesses (ReVision Energy, Technicians for Sustainability, SunBug Solar, Positive Energy, and Sunlight Solar) have converted — and another five are considering converting — to either become worker co-ops or employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs). The purchasing co-op has become a means of “industry contagion” — a way of rapidly spreading employee ownership.

Read the rest at Medium

 

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Earthworker Co-ops

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 20:17
Link: Earthworker Co - Ops- Katherine Cunningham

Earthworker is establishing a network of worker-owned cooperatives committed to sustainable enterprise throughout Australia. They believe social and environmental exploitation are intertwined, and that the problems of climate change, job insecurity and growing inequality must be tackled simultaneously, through greater grassroots economic ownership.

They have already established Redgum, a worker owned cleaners co-operative in Melbourne, and are in the final stages of establishing the Earthworker Energy Manufacturing Cooperative (formerly Eureka’s Future).

We had a yarn with Katherine Cunningham from Earthworker. Find out more about Earthworker at earthworkercooperative.com.au/

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2018 #CoopYouth Network Survey

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 18:02
Link:  2018 #CoopYouth Network Survey to Youth Cooperatives

 The purpose of this survey is to identify youth cooperatives globally.

What we call a “youth coop” is a cooperative led by and for youth. Examples include a young workers cooperative, a student cooperative or a cooperative program to help young farmers set up. But the youth cooperators have to be associated to the governance of the cooperative.

Why identify youth cooperatives now? Because the Executive Committee of the Youth Network of the International Cooperative Alliance is organizing a large campaign to identify, map and connect youth cooperatives around the world. The starting point is this survey, and the campaign will continue until July 2019. In July 2019 an event for youth will be held. Those who complete the survey may be selected to come for free, with your travel costs covered.

This is not an anonymous survey. The responses will be used to populate a foundational database of youth cooperatives in the world that we hope to build on. We also would like to ask you some questions about what you think is needed to further proliferate the involvement of youth in co-operatives. It will take 15 to 20 minutes of your precious time, and your participation will be highly appreciated. This survey can be stopped and started. You will not lose your information if you need to stop and pick it back up later. The survey should be completed by one representative from each youth co-op. When you finish, please share this survey with other youth coops you know of! Complete the survey on SurveyMonkey

 

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How a Larger Co-operative Sector Can 'Ripple Out'

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 17:55
Link: Does size matter?

As we announced back in April, the Co-operative Party commissioned this independent piece of work from the NEF because we want to see a step-change in the co-operative sector. While consumer and employee owned businesses here in the UK are still seen as a little unusual, edgy or even ‘alternative’, in countries like France, New Zealand and the Netherlands, co-operative businesses make up a significant percentage of the economy, and are considered part of the mainstream business landscape.

So today’s report, containing practical steps policymakers can take to double the size of the co-operative sector, is undoubtedly great news for UK co-operatives, and for our co-operative movement.

But why should those outside of the UK co-operative sector care about how big it is?

Read the rest at The Co-operative Party blog

 

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Launching Planet Community

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 00:41

Okay y’all, we’ve got a problem. 

Let’s get real. We are facing multiple, interconnected global dangers, rooted in the exploitation of people and planet. These dangers include climate change, wealth disparity, and social injustice. These are co-created and mutually reinforcing problems. They are systemic, and systemic problems require holistic solutions.

What do some of these solutions look like?

Whether it’s a small group in a collective household or hundreds of people on a large piece of land, intentional communities are micro-societies that offer insight into what society would look like if it were based on a different set of values. They are place-based, people-based communities - living laboratories working to create and model whole systems, integrated locally to globally.

We’re creating a new web series documenting these explorations, called Planet Community.

We’ve got a team of film-makers ready to begin the first of what will become a series of tours. Click here to check out the pilot episode, featuring Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage:

Why do these communities form? What are the values they are organized around? How do they sustain themselves? How do they solve problems and make decisions together? Why do they matter to the world?

Planet Community will dive deep into these questions and more, but we need your help to move this important work forward.

Your contribution towards our $9,000 goal will allow us to launch Planet Community!

This crowdfunding goal will fund a Midwest tour, which will produce 4 new episodes featuring different Intentional Communities. We will also build webpages for sharing expanded content on each featured community, and produce an in depth article series in Communities magazine.

As a bonus, we will also produce a series of short question and answer videos exploring the basic ideas of what Intentional Community is all about.

What's Coming Next?

Once we finish production following the Midwest tour we’ll start working on the next tour. Next we’ll cover the West Coast, then the East Coast. As the tours progress we’ll develop additional content to share. So your contribution not only allows us to start the Planet Community series, it also helps to collect footage that will lead towards our ultimate goal: to create a feature-length documentary!

We believe that human society has the capacity to support the health and wellbeing of all life.

Recognizing that the health and wellbeing of one depends on the health and wellbeing of all, we can’t wait to shine a spotlight on some of the empowering, inspiring examples of communities working towards this.

Help us to Spotlight Cooperative Solutions

Please make a contribution to this campaign to complete the Midwest tour of communities. We believe that this project exemplifies our values of cooperation, sustainability and social justice. Season 1 of Planet Community, and future seasons planned for the Western and Eastern U.S., will explore and explain cooperative culture, and will aim to grow the communities movement.

 

Institutions & Structures: Intentional CommunitiesPractices, Tools & Strategies: Strategies for Change
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Class and the New Economy

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 18:07
Link: Class and the New Economy

I just returned from my first Commonbound conference in St. Louis, hosted by the New Economy Coalition (NEC). Resource Generation has been a part of the New Economy Coalition for a few years and this was my first time attending the conference.

The NEC has 211 member organizations and it was amazing to connect with so many people from around the country representing a range of organizations from co-ops to community land trusts to climate justice organizers. I attended a media training organized by NEC and Laura Flanders, and as the nine other leaders in the training shared their stories and messages I was heartened to hear so many echoes of RG’s mission of organizing for the equitable distribution of wealth, land, and power. Spaces like Commonbound remind me that we are not alone in our vision of a transformed economy built for people and the planet, not profit.

In addition to participating in the media training, I supported a workshop led by staff members Kaitlin Gravitt and Sarah Abbott called Dismantling Class Privilege to Build Cross Class Power. The goal of the workshop was to provide concrete tools for people to recognize and counter class privilege to build cross-class solidarity. The room was packed with about 30 participants from a variety of class backgrounds and we had an engaging and lively conversation. Here are some takeaways from our workshop:

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Manchester Masterclass in Decentralised Organising

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 17:53
Link: Manchester Masterclass in Decentralised Organising

13 Jul, 9:30 AM – 5:30 PMFederation House, 2 Federation St, Manchester M4 4BF, UK 

A full day participatory learning experience, sharing insights and practical actions to solve your organisational challenges.

Our story

If you are trying to organise in a decentralised, collaborative, less-hierarchical team, you are probably asking yourself: How do we include people in decisions without spending so much time in meetings? How do we develop an open, collaborative culture? How do we encourage participation, engagement, and shared responsibility? And if nobody is in charge, where does accountability come from?

You are not the only one. For the last decade, we have been immersed in these challenges, as we co-founded and built Loomio and Enspiral, two pioneering decentralised organisations. (Read more about us here.)

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