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Make USPS a Solidarity Co-op!

The recent fight over the post office has been dramatic and hyper partisan while also obscuring the causes of the financial problems of the post office. These problems largely result from one major decision by the Congress known as the … Continue reading

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How Do We Sense Make Of It All

Photo: Aaron Chown/PA Wire from BBC News

Several years ago, in the aftermath of the protests in Wisconsin supporting labor unions, I wrote about sensemaking and how resilient cooperatives can be in adjusting to the changes in the economy and providing … Continue reading

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The Weeks of Decades Is Upon Us

The sign of vitality is not to endure, but to be reborn and to be able to adapt.Don José María Arzimendiarrieta

There are decades when nothing happens and weeks when decades happen.V.I. Lenin

The worker cooperative community was already having a “moment” … Continue reading

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Centering the Co-op Identity

The third goal of The Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade engages the Co-op Identity. Specifically, the goal states, “Build the co-operative message and secure the co-operative identity.”

The authors comment, “Co-operatives need a more sharply articulated message so that people … Continue reading

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Burial Grounds: Rising Up

Burial Grounds Workers Collective

I am currently providing technical assistance for an incredible group of people who work at the Burial Grounds coffee house in Olympia, Washington. The business has been around as Burial Grounds since 2010 with the stated mission: … Continue reading

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Power in Purpose: Part 3-Strategies

This is just a short post.
It was an incredible day at this Co-op Round table. We shared stories and strategies.  We discussed how to help the Co-op Movement keep its incredible momentum.
As we enter the final week of National Co-op … Continue reading

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Power in Purpose: Part 2-Policy Breakout

The first break out group considered the barriers to cooperatives and what policy changes can occur to break down those barriers.
My group (and many of the others) focused on three central areas: Education, Awareness, and Incentives.
Education needs to begin at … Continue reading

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The Flaming Eggplant: Past and Present

The Flaming Eggplant is a student-managed café on the campus of The Evergreen State College. It is operated as a collective workspace. However, it is not a stand-alone institution.
The café began operations in 2008 with the mission of providing ethically-sourced, … Continue reading

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National Co-op Month

I don’t know how many, or if anyone, checks here anymore, but I am committing to posting everyday during National Co-op Month (October). I will be adding to the Facebook post for my employer, Northwest Cooperartive Development Center (NWCDC). While … Continue reading

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The Legacy Project: Creating the Next Generation of Ownership

A big part of my day job right now is something called “The Legacy Project“. The project has several phases but aims to build the profile of worker ownership at a time when many small business owners seek to … Continue reading

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