Tag Archives: Worker-owned

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

Seizing the Moment: Catalyzing Big Growth for Worker Co-ops

Seizing the Moment: Catalyzing Big Growth for Worker Co-ops
Given the current groundswell of interest in cooperatives, organizers of worker cooperatives have a window of opportunity in the United States to propel our sector to the next level. Our national and regional organizations are increasing in their strength and dynamism. In several regions, diverse stakeholders are coming together to explore a variety of pathways to worker ownership, from small and medium-scale cooperative start-ups to ... Read more

How To Convert a Business into a Worker-owned Cooperative

How To Convert a Business into a Worker-owned Cooperative
Cooperatives represent a growing segment of the economy with an estimated 30,000 enterprises and 100 million members in the U.S. alone. A great way to bring democracy into the workplace, coops can be built from scratch, but they can also be created by converting existing businesses into worker-owned cooperatives. For retiring business owners as well as entrepreneurs, selling a business to employees is a way to strengthen the business while ... Read more

Black Co-ops Were A Method of Economic Survival

Black Co-ops Were A Method of Economic Survival
I have been able to both compile and chronicle the major activities of African Americans in the United States who have been involved in some form of cooperative business development or collective economics. And, why is that important? Because when I first got interested in using cooperative models for community economic development, particularly in Black communities, everywhere I went people kept telling me that black people don’t do co-ops. Read more

Worker Cooperatives: Origin Stories and Development Strategies

Worker Cooperatives: Origin Stories and Development Strategies
Worker cooperatives are an important part of the community wealth building toolbox, and our new report Worker Cooperatives, Pathways to Scale, authored by Hilary Abell, assesses the state of worker cooperative development in the United States and suggests key strategies and policies for scaling up its impact. The infographics below highlight some of the key taxonomies in Abell’s analysis, explaining where worker cooperatives originate from ... Read more

Economy conference hits Baltimore

Economy conference hits Baltimore
Paul Jay, CEO of The Real News Network introduced the conference graciously hosting and televising the event in his town hall space A large crowd was very engaged listening intently to the opening plenary comprised of Margaret Flowers (co-director, It’s Our Economy), Diane Bell Mc-Koy (President& CEO. Associated Black Charities), Michael Coleman (United Workers Leader) and Jacqui Dunne (CEO Danu Resource). Gar Alperovitz was scheduled to be ... Read more

Live Stream of the Economic Democracy Plenary Sessions in Baltimore

Live Stream of the Economic Democracy Plenary Sessions in Baltimore
If you are unable to make it to the conference tonight, keep it tuned to this page for a live stream of our town hall at The Real News Network! You will also be able to catch the opening and closing plenary sessions on Saturday right here. For more on the event's schedule, visit here. Let's #BuildBmore2gether! Read more

An Inspiring Struggle to Celebrate on May Day

An Inspiring Struggle to Celebrate on May Day
After one year of unfruitful contacts with the Ministry of Labor and the central trade union bureaucracies, the workers of Vio.Me, with the threat of poverty and chronic unemployment looming over their heads, announced in July 2012 their intention to self-manage production in the occupied factory, with their now famous slogan: “If you can’t do it, we can.” Read more

How NYC is Partnering with Coops to Support Democratic Businesses

How NYC is Partnering with Coops to Support Democratic Businesses
In some municipalities, including New York City, local governments are partnering with worker cooperatives to fulfill government contracts. This means that government dollars, rather than going to top-heavy businesses that sacrifice employee well-being and fair compensation in pursuit of larger profit margins, are going to businesses that prioritize long-term employment, fair wages, and democratic workplaces. Read more

Disgorge the Cash

Disgorge the Cash
The problem finance solves is not how to allocate society’s scarce savings between competing investment opportunities. The problem is how to separate the rents that come from control of a strategic social coordination problem from the social ties and obligations that go with it. True capitalists don’t want to make steel or restaurant deals or jumbo jets or search engines. They want to make money. Read more