@LeoSammallahti @GuerillaOntologist I agree with Josh's points and would add the problem with donated labor is that it diminishes the value of labor overall. I recognize that there are times (such as legal help) which challenging the power structure requires specific expertise (and this labor can be captured by charging higher rates overall), but tech isn't one of them. Unions pay their staff (who will be distributing these funds).
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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
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
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
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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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
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
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
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
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