Tag Archives: Ownership

Building a New Economy

Construction companies seem ripe for the co-op model. The very nature of contracting means a team effort. Along the I-5 corridor between Bellingham and Olympia, there are three construction co-ops and more interested.
Northwest Construction Co-op in Olympia focuses on home … Continue reading

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PT Shipwrights: They Saw, They Conquered

Just a short write up today to acknowledge one of the oldest functioning worker co-ops in Washington: The Port Townsend Shipwrights Cooperative. They started out this journey (or voyage) in 1981 with 8 shipwrights and a ship’s saw. The Co-op … Continue reading

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ROC and Roll

Resident Owned Communities (ROCs) have become a thing. This term generally refers to a specific type of housing co-op that engages manufactured home parks. This is a slightly different model than what most people think of when they hear the … Continue reading

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Twisted Strait Fibers: a PNW Original

One of the first groups that I started working with after moving to the Pacific Northwest was the PNW Fiber Web Cooperative. The project began as a effort to build resources for the animal fiber producers and fiber artists on … Continue reading

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Peninsula Homecare Co-op

In some ways, Port Townsend is the perfect community for the Washington model of home care co-ops. I was told by a colleague that, years ago, in the 70s and 80s, Port Townsend marketed itself towards retirees. This beautiful community … Continue reading

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The Legacy Project Continues

I’ve already written about The Legacy Project a while ago, but it is always worth mentioning!
We are living through the greatest generational transfer of wealth that has ever occurred. As the Baby Boomers retire and pass, there wealth will go … Continue reading

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Orca Books Needs Your Help

Orca Books has been operating as a new and used bookstore in downtown Olympia for almost three decades. It is the largest bookstore in the downtown (Olympia actually has three locally owned bookstores within about 5 blocks of each other … Continue reading

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Capital Homecare-18 months in

On March 3, 2018, the workers of Capital Homecare Cooperative received their Agency license from the State of Washington. In Washington, home care (not to be confused with home healthcare) is heavily regulated. Just to get licensed (which also means … Continue reading

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Le Voyeur–The Next Generation

Le Voyeur has been a mainstay of Olympia’s scene since 1997.
“Le Voyeur offers vegan-friendly food, drunk-friendly drinks, and punk-friendly entertainment. It’s also a good spot for some Olympian people-watching, as college kids and townies mix with K Records royalty and … Continue reading

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Worker Co-ops and the American Dream, part 2

Foundations of the American Dream
The term, The American Dream, was coined by James Truslow Adams in 1931 in his work, The Epic of America (Adams, 1959; Gupte, 2011; Rank, Hirschl, & Foster, 2014). Adams’ coinage was, perhaps, an attempt to … Continue reading

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