Tag Archives: Cooperatives

How Cuba Is Using Cooperatives to Decentralize Its Economy

How Cuba Is Using Cooperatives to Decentralize Its Economy
Worker cooperatives are nothing new in Cuba. Agricultural coops, which are responsible for 70 percent of the country’s farmed land, are a key part of the state’s subsidized food system. Until recently, however, worker coops were not found in other sectors of the economy. But in 2011, the Cuban Sixth Communist Party Congress approved a set of economic reform goals called the “Guidelines on Economic and Social Policy for the Party and the ... Read more

Video: The Cleveland Model – How Evergreen Cooperatives Build Community Wealth

Video: The Cleveland Model – How Evergreen Cooperatives Build Community Wealth
Something important is happening in Cleveland. The Democracy Collaborative, in partnership with the Cleveland Foundation, the Ohio Employee Ownership Center, the  City of Cleveland , and the city’s major hospitals and universities—is helping to implement a new model of large-scale worker-owned and community-benefiting businesses. By the Democracy Collaborative www.community-wealth.org The Evergreen Cooperative Initiative is beginning ... Read more

5 Historic Examples of Cooperative Economics (Ujamaa) That Advanced The Black Community

5 Historic Examples of Cooperative Economics (Ujamaa) That Advanced The Black Community
Above: The Wedge Food Cooperative in Minnesota, from African Americans in the Twin Cities Coop Movement. “There exists today a chance for [Blacks] to organize a cooperative State within their own group.  By letting Negro farmers feed Negro artisans, and Negro technicians guide [Black] home industries and [Black] thinkers plan this integration of cooperation, while [Black] artists dramatize and beautify the struggle, economic independence can ... Read more

Our Harvest: Growing a New Type of Food Business

Our Harvest: Growing a New Type of Food Business
Part farm, part food hub, Our Harvest is the first union worker-owned food cooperative in North America — and it’s based here in Cincinnati’s College Hill neighborhood. The idea for an aggregated food distribution hub that pays workers livable wages was put into motion in 2010 by union organizer Ellen Vera after a friend told her about a European business model called Mondragon. “We recognized the need to do an aggregated distribution center ... Read more

Socialism and Workers’ Self-Directed Enterprises

Socialism and Workers’ Self-Directed Enterprises
By Richard D. Wolff MR Zine, September 14, 2014 ​Global capitalism has huge problems coping with the second worst collapse in its history. Its extreme and deepening inequalities have provoked millions to question and challenge capitalism. Yet socialists of all sorts now find it more difficult than ever to make effective criticisms and offer alternatives that inspire. Part of the problem lies with classic socialism as it evolved over the last ... Read more

New Report On How Communities Are Building Wealth

New Report On How Communities Are Building Wealth
Policies for Community Wealth Building: Leveraging State and Local Resources By The Democracy Collaborative The Democracy Collaborative For more than a decade, The Democracy Collaborative has been tracking state and local policies that provide a supporting environment for the expansion of community wealth building models and innovations. As interest grows across the country, they have assembled some of the most important existing and ... Read more

Hope and Ka-ching

Hope and Ka-ching
Finance, as Martin sees it, is the key to getting significant control of wealth into workers’ hands. “There is this myth of capitalism that says that the 1 percent invest productively, but the fact is, we don’t need them,” Martin explains. “They said, ‘If you don’t bail us out, there won’t be jobs.’ But their aim isn’t to make jobs; it’s to make money for themselves. Finance, as it is currently set up, is parasitic. It’s extractive. But what ... Read more

Against the Odds Four NYC worker-owners talk co-ops, family, and jobs with justice

Against the Odds Four NYC worker-owners talk co-ops, family, and jobs with justice
Today we present testimony from four worker-owners, delivered at the the New York City Council Committee on Community Development hearing this past February. the hearing was to consider a proposal for a city budget line devoted to cooperative development. Given that we don't often get to hear directly from worker-owners, we've rescued this important documentation from the bowels of the NYC Council website. The full transcript from the ... Read more

How to generate and nurture a strong co-operative culture

How to generate and nurture a strong co-operative culture
Talking about governance problems at the Co-operative Group, our friend and fellow co-operator Sion Whellens, of worker co-operative Calverts Design & Print, said “co-operative culture eats co-operative governance for breakfast!” This got us thinking – is there too much emphasis on governance and not enough on the co-operative culture that supports it? At Co-operantics, we help other co-ops to focus on using co-operative skills effectively, ... Read more

It Takes an Ecosystem: The Rise of Worker Cooperatives in the US

It Takes an Ecosystem: The Rise of Worker Cooperatives in the US
As the traditional job market deteriorates, the number of worker cooperatives in the United States is growing as people seek more stable and rewarding work. An ecosystem of worker cooperative development organizations is emerging to accelerate this trend. What's a worker cooperative? A worker cooperative is a for-profit business that is owned and managed democratically by employees. Other types of cooperatives exist; for example, consumer ... Read more