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Tier 1 Desktop Support At Worker-Owned and Managed Service Provider

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 14:07
Link: Tier 1 Desktop Support At Worker-Owned Managed Service Provider

TechCollective is a worker-owned and operated tech support cooperative based in Cambridge.

We're seeking a full-time Desktop Support technician to work from our office in Cambridge. This is a customer-facing role providing quick, clear communication and support for customers under service level agreements, as well as the occasional break/fix support issue. This position will work closely with TechCollective team members.

Pay commensurate with experience, between $18-$22/hr, and will go up if the employee becomes an owner in our business, after a year-long trial. 

We offer healthcare benefits and dividends are distributed during profitable years.

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Racial justice and cooperatives: Q&A with Esteban Kelly

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 18:19
Link: Racial justice and cooperatives: Q&A with United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives director Esteban Kelly

The worker cooperative movement seems to be gaining more prominence in the U.S., especially locally. "Altogether worker cooperatives represent a small part of the national economy. However, there may be a greater impact at the local level in areas where they are more concentrated," a report by the Democracy at Work Institute, a worker cooperative advocacy group, noted. An important sign that the movement is growing and strengthening came at the turn of this century, when the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC) was formed with the mission of connecting and strengthening the burgeoning cooperative sector. To date, USFWC represents around 200 cooperatives and around 6,000 cooperative members across the country, and proceeds with the ultimate aim of advancing economic justice rooted in community-based, shared ownership. Robert Raymond spoke with Esteban Kelly, the group's director.

Read the interview at Shareable

 

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Podcast: Five big ideas for leveraging the co-operative advantage

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 16:04
Link: Episode 8: Five big ideas for leveraging the co-operative advantage in a rapidly changing world

In this episode, Aasa sat down with Dr. Dionne Pohler to discuss her keynote speech from the Saskatchewan Co-operative Association’s 2018 conference.

Dr. Pohler’s address touched on five big ideas that co-operatives should keep in mind, given the unpredictable social, economic, and technological atmosphere in which we currently live. Her five ideas are:

  • Good governance is about more than strategic planning, oversight, and risk management
  • Avoid falling into the “growth trap”
  • The short-term business case for diversity is weak and it downplays the hard work required to foster inclusiveness in organizations
  • Organizations need to embrace conflict
  • Co-operation and self-interest are two sides of the same coin.

Dr. Pohler is an assistant professor from the University of Toronto’s Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, and a fellow at the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan.

Listen to the episode at Co-operatives First

 

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New Lewiston farm stand sells food grown by immigrants

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 16:00
Link: New Lewiston farm stand sells food grown by immigrants

LEWISTON (WGME) – A new farm stand, selling food grown by immigrants, is now open in Lewiston.

Two co-ops re-opened a former farm stand at 996 Sabattus Street Wednesday.

The owners, who came to the U.S. as refugees, say they are creating jobs while growing and selling fresh food in Maine.

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How a small worker-owned trust could transform agricultural labor

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 18:25
Link: How a small worker-owned trust could transform agricultural labor for decades

Singh, who on a recent day was picking seedless green grapes at a ranch just south of Bakersfield, is part of a startup venture that stands to shake up the agriculture industry by improving the way that farm workers are treated, trained, and compensated. Called California Harvesters, it operates for all intents and purposes as a worker co-op (though, technically, it’s a labor trust).

“They’ve given me a real opportunity,” says Singh, standing beneath a canopy of vines, heavy with fruit.

It is tempting to label what is unfolding here a grand experiment, but California Harvesters has taken off so quickly that it has practically shot right past the trial stage. Launched in April, it already has recruited some 450 workers–and more are signing up by the week. Eager for a steady stream of labor, major growers are coming on as customers.

Read the rest at Fast Company

 

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Dairy cooperatives support livelihoods of thousands of women in India

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 16:45
Link:  Dairy cooperatives support livelihoods of thousands of women in India

Unorganized markets, transportation difficulties and inaccessible input and extension support services are but a few of the obstacles facing villagers wishing to start dairy businesses in Uttarakhand. The lack of storage facilities acts as an incentive to farmers to keep unsold milk and mix it with the next day’s batch, causing higher levels of milk spoilage and contamination, as well as financial losses. Faced with these obstacles, increasing milk production and making a reasonable profit is extremely difficult for Uttarakhand’s small-scale dairy farmers.

This situation began to change in rural Uttarakhand in 2008 when the Himmotthan Society started assisting a group of dairy-farming women to establish self-help federations, pooling their resources and knowledge to improve milk quality and cattle productivity. The women formed livestock producer groups: one group per village, with 12–15 villages per federation, and one dairy enterprise per federation. Each federation received a grant to purchase equipment for transport, storage and the testing of milk quality. Milk collection centres were established within 16–20 km of each dairy enterprise and 40 km from end markets, and vehicles were hired by each federation to transport the milk to market. But access to feed, veterinary health and breeding services and technical knowledge to improve milk yields remained a problem.

A year later, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) teamed up with Himmotthan to provide research and technical support to help address the major productivity constraints facing Uttarakhand’s small-scale farmers. 

Read the rest at ILRI News

 

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PeerTube Succeeds in Crowdfunding

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 19:44
Link: PeerTube, the “Decentralized YouTube”, succeeds in crowdfunding

It is done. With 53,100 euros collected in forty-two days, the PeerTube project originating in France blows through its initial goal. The principle is intriguing: a fully decentralized version of YouTube , whose computer code is freely accessible and editable, and where videos are shared between users without relying on a central system. Online since March 2018 in a beta version, the project should definitely take off by October, based on the money raised.

At the origin of PeerTube is the French association Framasoft , one of the main associations advocating for the development of free software in Europe. With its strategy of development and centralization, Google, which owns YouTube, quickly became a symbol in the fight orchestrated by Framasoft – which launched four years ago a campaign called “De-google-ify Internet”.

Read the rest at Quariety

 

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Mobile Home Owners Fend Off Displacement

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 19:31
Link: Mobile Home Owners Find a Lifeline Against Displacement

For years, the residents had wrestled with the fact that they have little to no say in the park’s long-term future. So in July, they wrote a letter to the landlord, expressing their concern. “We wanted assurance that our homes would be safe for us to enjoy in the future,” said Katy Bowen, president of the Duvall Riverside Village’s board of directors and one of its residents. The next month, the landlord sent them a letter offering to sell them the property.

They formed a co-op, got a loan, and bought the 4.5-acre land, about 25 miles northeast of Seattle, for $1.18 million. With that, they officially became Duvall Riverside Village. Now any household can pay the one-time membership fee of $200 to become part of the co-op that owns the land. In other words, the residents were given the long-term security and financial stability that is so often unavailable at a mobile home park. 

Read the rest at CityLab

 

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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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