Coming Soon-A Group Discussion (I hope)

The March 1 edition of The Nation has an article on the growing industrial worker cooperative movement. I use the word “industrial” to differentiate it from the worker cooperative movement in the United States that has flourished over the last 30-40 years. This group is big (even by Rainbow and Union Cab standards). It is very traditional blue collar (laundry, construction, etc).

I have asked the folks who are on this site as authors to post their reactions to the article. This is because The Nation wants this to go viral. They sent out the following email:


I’m Ben Wyskida, Publicity Director for The Nation magazine. We have a major feature this week from Gar Alperovitz & Ted Howard (of the Democracy Collaborative and and Thad Williamson  that they wanted me to share with you. We hope you’ll read the article, blog, tweet, email, post and pass on to your colleagues. Hardcopies are available as well. Here is the piece:

The Cleveland Model
GAR ALPEROVITZ, TED HOWARD &THAD WILLIAMSON : Thoroughly green and worker-owned, co-ops are a vibrant response to economic distress.

The article features the work of five different organizations in Cleveland, and explains how their approach could be a potent model of sustainable economic development for cities across the country.

Thanks so much,


Ben Wyskida
Publicity Director
The Nation ”

If you aren’t on the list, we still want to hear your views. Send me a note on your ideas and I will publish them. Email me: johnmac<at>

I hope to see the posts up soon. So far, only one of the other writers for this blog have committed (and even then only mildly so), I but I promise to have something up by the end of the week and I hope that the them will carry on through the end of February.

About John McNamara

John spent 26 years with Union Cab of Madison Cooperative and currently helps develop co-ops in the Pacific Northwest. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration and Masters in Management: Co-operatives and Credit Unions from Saint Mary's University.
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