What if Workers Owned Their Workplaces? The cooperative movement is showing that worker-owned businesses can not only survive, but thrive.

May 10, 2019  By Michelle Chen Can good values be good business, too? For generations, the cooperative movement has been answering with a resounding “Yes!” After a surge of entrepreneurial fervor following the 2007 economic collapse, cooperative ventures are even getting a nod from our divided government: In August, Congress passed the Main Street Employee Ownership Act. The measure aims to help …

City and other plans to facilitate worker ownership. Capitalism has failed immigrants. Can cooperatives do better?

The vast majority of the estimated 2.34 million boomer-owned businesses don’t have succession plans.  U.S. cities are now facing potentially dramatic shifts in their small-business landscapes. But Berkeley has a plan. The city’s Office of Economic Development has partnered with local organizations to set up a city-funded program, believed to be one of the first of its kind in the U.S., …

Could a Green New Deal Make Us Happier People?

Kate Aronoff April 7 2019, in The Intercept: COULD A GREEN NEW DEAL MAKE US HAPPIER PEOPLE? FOR AS LONG as climate change has been a part of America’s national consciousness, it’s been talked about in dire terms, evoking images of some hellish, “Mad Max”-style dystopia. The title and much of the content of David Wallace-Wells’s recent book is a variation on …

Resident-Owned Community

 Jarrid Green, Researching equity and community control in the next system. more August 17, 2018 DEMOCRATIC OWNERSHIPCOMMUNITY & PLACE Resident-owned communities (ROCs) are manufactured housing neighborhoods (sometimes referred to as mobile home or trailer parks) in which the land is community-owned and managed. An estimated 18 million people who earn less than $28,000 a year (less than half the national household median …

Colorado Leads States in Preparing to Scale Employee Ownership

By Jason Wiener and Linda Phillips Fifty by Fifty Apr 9, 2019 New executive office on employee ownership poised to become model for other states Jared Polis accepts the Democratic nomination to become governor of Colorado, June 2018. Since our article coining the phrase “the Delaware of Cooperative Law,™” the political and social context — in Colorado and the country — has changed significantly. Jared Polis, a longtime champion …

When workers own the code: platform cooperatives in action

Why doesn’t someone try to run an on-demand labor app that doesn’t seem to exploit its workers? Well, that world is inching into reality with the emergence of worker-owned apps, where they own and run the market­place themselves. It’s a trend that could save the gig economy from itself. One of these apps is Up & Go, which lets you order …

Cooperatives and a self-managed factory in action, making things you really need: Inside Vio.Me

By Niko Georgiades, Unicornriot.ninja April 27, 2019 | CREATE! Thessaloniki, Greece – Workers have successfully self-managed the production of environmentally-friendly cleaning products for the last six years in the occupied factory Vio.Me. There are no bosses in this factory on the east side of Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city. Workers have been in full control since occupying the factory in 2013, two years after …

How Co-ops Are Bringing Solar Power to Rural America

Declining solar costs have helped spur a move away from coal, By John Fialka, E&E News and Scientific American on March 22, 2019  The champion in this race to innovate is probably Kauai Island Utility Cooperative in Hawaii, which began its peculiar journey of discovery in 2002. That was when a local group bought the Kauai power plant from a Connecticut company and turned …

Putting people before capital, the social and solidarity economy opens up the prospect of democratizing the economic sphere, by generating strategies that depart from a dominant model centered on exploiting the environment and people

THE SOCIAL AND SOLIDARITY ECONOMY IS A WORKABLE ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM The SSE is a phenomenon that is gaining traction across Europe, with at least two million entities throughout the EU (10 to 12 per cent of all existing companies), employing around 14.5 million people in 2010 (6.5 per cent of the population in employment on the continent), spanning across …

Berkeley is among the first US cities to earmark funding specifically to help local businesses convert to democratic worker ownership, to commit to enacting a procurement incentive for worker cooperatives and tailoring its revolving loan fund to explicitly target worker cooperatives and businesses converting to cooperative ownership

By Yassi Eskandari, Theselc.org, March 18, 2019 | CREATE! Supporters wore the color green to signify how worker cooperatives put people and planet above profit. (Represented: Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin, Councilmembers Kate Harrison and Sophie Hahn, and members of the Sustainable Economies Law Center, Project Equity, Network of Bay Area Cooperatives, Democracy at Work Institute, US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, and worker cooperative members and …