Nathan Schneider about the co-op economy

Janine Jackson interviewed Nathan Schneider about the co-op economy for the September 21, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. MP3 Link Janine Jackson: September 15 marked ten years since the largest bankruptcy in US history, that of Lehman Brothers, triggering—or exposing—a crisis that cost millions of people their homes, their jobs and their financial futures, followed by a government bailout of the banks behind the …

The Constitutional Turn: Liberty and the Cooperative State Dan Hind Next System Project fellow and award-winning author more September 7th, 2018   DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE If you don’t like state socialism and you don’t like corporate capitalism, what do you want? —Gar Alperovitz 1. Introduction The English-speaking left has long tended to neglect questions of constitutional design. The dominant Labourist and …

Oakland Land Trust Finds More Ways to Preserve Affordable Housing

By ALINE REYNOLDS | SEPTEMBER 10, 2018 Oakland Community Land Trust purchased this property at 812 East 24th Street to preserve the affordability of several artists’ live-work spaces. (Credit: Oakland Community Land Trust) In 2014, as she approached four decades of being a landlord, then 70-year-old east Oakland resident Dixi Carrillo decided to sell her rental property next to her home. Carrillo, a retired landscape …

What Millions of Retiring Small Business Owners Could Mean for Cities: Conversions to co-ops at scale builds the most wealth for cities and citizens

BY OSCAR PERRY ABELLO | SEPTEMBER 11, 2018 on NextCity Roughly 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day in the United States. They don’t all own small businesses, but their aging presents an opportunity for more workers to get the chance to own businesses and even build some wealth. Worker Cooperatives Can Be Wealth Builders Here’s Your Who’s Who of Worker-Owned Businesses …

Starting Co-ops

Co-operatives were the first economic organizations that clearly and openly declared the set of values and principles the members wanted the business to be based on, and these values present a challenge to the co-op’s members, directors and management. These values subsequently inform all the decisions and activities of the co-operative organization. Bringing cooperative values to the awareness of managers and workers …

Utility co-cops consider how to become greener and more consumer-centric

https://www.cooperative.com/value-of-membership/documents/51st-state-summary.pdf Power and Elegance: The Consumer-Centric Utility Model In 2015, the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) invited NRECA and other electric industry leaders to offer their views of what our industry’s future will look like and help chart a path to get there together. This document summarizes NRECA’s vision. As the electric utility industry confronts rapid changes in technology, economics, …

Community Knowledge Garden from the School of Commoning

Imagine lush vegetation alternating with well-kept clearings that have benches, shades, and a web of garden paths connecting them all. The paths are well-indexed and lead to knowledge domains of interest to the visitors, domains that can be navigated by multiple methods to match their learning styles. Well, that’s the idea and we are not there yet; in fact, we …

Recognizing the emergent Solidarity Economy

By Matt Noyes mn@rollingearth.org, Matt Noyes is a social movement educator based in Colorado Springs, Colorado who writes on horizontal education, union democracy and reform, workers cooperatives, and solidarity economy. He extends thanks to Leire Uriarte Zabala, Yurie Kubo, Charley MacMartin, and Cheyenna Weber. Introduction This strange movement, nameless, untethered, taking place here and now in multiple forms, scarcely visible, barely sketched out, …

Coming platform cooperatives?

George Zarkadakis is a science writer, novelist and artificial intelligence engineer. His latest book is In Our Own Image: Savior or Destroyer? The History and Future of Artificial Intelligence (2016). He lives in London. https://aeon.co/essays/workers-of-the-world-unite-on-distributed-digital-platforms Why do corporations exist? These hierarchical, self-contained assemblies of labour, capital and know-how have been with us for so long that by now they seem almost ‘natural’. But …

Look at me: why attention-seeking is the defining need of our times

The urge to belong is universal. So would a better understanding of it help tackle loneliness – and explain why stalkers, spree killers and jihadists turn their pain on others? Leo Benedictus in The Guardian Mon 5 Feb 2018 Mental health.  Illustrations by Nishant Choksi   There is a famous Jewish mother joke. You’ve heard it before. Question: How many Jewish mothers does it …