Going International and Other Updates

The Workers’ Paradise has a new contributing author on board. John A. Atherton from the United Kingdom has offered to cross post his blogs from UK Worker Co-operatives on this site to help reach co-operators in the US. We often think of the UK as being the Consumer sector, but they also have a growing worker co-operative movement.

This brings our author group to six (Bernard and Edgar from SF), Matt, Myself and Fred from Madison, and now John from the UK.

Do you have the inspiration, desire, to put your ideas out there? Join the conversation here. Whether it is a simple comment on an existing post or developing your own series, I hope that you will consider sharing with the rest of us. Fred recently started a neat discussion on the idea of neo-syndicalism that may have been lost over the holidays, but it is worthy of a fresh look. If you want to sign up, you can join as a subscriber by yourself. Then send me an email (johnamac<at>me.com) and let me know a bit about you and that you want to write. I maintain a light edit hand (mainly just to format and make sure that tags are in place).

I expect to do some more updating this year. As I noted in the comments on my most recent post, I think that a bibliography of relevant titles might be worthwhile. The US Federation has maintained a reading list at GoodReads, but repetition never hurts.

In any event, welcome John! We look forward to reading about the UK experience!

About John McNamara

John spent 26 years with Union Cab of Madison Cooperative and currently helps develop co-op in the Pacific Northwest. He holds a Masters in Management: Co-operatives and Credit Unions from Saint Mary's University and hopes to finish his Ph.D. in Business Administration soon. He has served on the board of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and the Board of Governors for the Democracy at Work Network. He currently sits on the Co-op Circle and Mission Circle for Sociocracy for All. He teaches on worker co-operatives and democratic management in the summer at The Evergreen State College.
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One Response to Going International and Other Updates

  1. Thanks for inviting me, my first post will be a bit of an overview of the worker co-operative sector in the UK.

    If US readers are interested in particular topics or particular worker co-operatives in the UK. Just leave your comments and I will do my best to enlighten you.

    Equally I know UK worker co-operatives, would be interested in hearing from worker co-ops in the US and Canada. If you think you have some success stories to share or we could learn somethign from you, please get in touch with me john.atherton@cooperatives-uk.coop

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