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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Economic Democracy: People Power and Cooperative Alternatives for a Sustainable Black Future

Economic Democracy: People Power and Cooperative Alternatives for a Sustainable Black Future | real utopias | Scoop.it
We'll know black lives matter when the capitalist system that enslaved our ancestors and is intent on disposing of our future is replaced by a new socio-economic system, based on economic democracy and self-determination....
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25 cooperatives established in Cizîre Canton

25 cooperatives established in Cizîre Canton | real utopias | Scoop.it
TIRBESPIYÊ – Agriculture Institution of Cizîre Canton has recently started establishin agriculture cooperatives in the canton. So far, 25 cooperatives were established and one of them, the Star Cooperative, belongs to women. The instituion also noted that only in Tirbespiyê 700 people became members in the cooperatives.

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Judge hands Donnelley control over to workers' co-operative - Buenos Aires Herald

Judge hands Donnelley control over to workers' co-operative - Buenos Aires Herald | real utopias | Scoop.it

Judge Gerardo Santicchia has disregarded the bankruptcy plea of printing company Donnelley Argentina, ruling that workers could keep running the business as part of the MadyGraf co-operative formed after the company closed down the Garín plant in Buenos Aires province. 

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David Harvey and Gar Alperovitz on Cooperation and Capitalism | P2P Foundation

David Harvey and Gar Alperovitz on Cooperation and Capitalism | P2P Foundation | real utopias | Scoop.it
David Harvey and Gar Alperovitz dig into the failure of capitalism, the hope presented by worker cooperation, and what activists fighting for a just economy must do to get there.
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Trailer: David Harvey & Gar Alperovitz talk Capitalism & Cooperation! - YouTube

The Laura Flanders Show streams at www.grittv.org. What does it mean to fight for systemic economic change? What are the economic alternatives? This week, Laura speaks with two brilliant theorists of economic change, David Harvey and Gar Alperovitz. They urge activists not to be afraid of failure - real change takes time and multiple attempts.

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International Day of Cooperatives - Nigerian Tribune

COOPERATIVE societies play an increasingly important part in the economic life of many countries. Cooperation has existed ever since the early human beings discovered that working together, they could accomplish their tasks much more easily and effectively. Thus the historical foundations of modern cooperatives can be traced to the ancient Egypt and Babylon, the ancient China, the Roman Empire, the activities of the Aztecs in South America before the Spanish advent and conquest, and those of the American Indians as well as to the traditional African notion of working together for mutual benefits. 

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Cooperatives give new meaning to sharing economy - SFGate

Cooperatives give new meaning to sharing economy - SFGate | real utopias | Scoop.it


On the face of it, Loconomics and Bring It Local sound like typical tech startups. But behind the scenes, both companies are fomenting a quiet revolution in their business structures.

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It is so depressing that the Co-op lost its way so badly - Herald Scotland

It is so depressing that the Co-op lost its way so badly - Herald Scotland | real utopias | Scoop.it

Not so long ago in these columns, I sang the praises of the Co-operative Bank for staying mutual and avoiding the financial crises that had afflicted other banks through greed, stupidity and dodgy property deals. The ethical bank has suffered a financial crisis through, er, greed, stupidity and dodgy property deals. It is set to post £2bn losses, according to reports, one of the largest annual losses banking history. The Co-op will have to undergo another asset fire-sale. It is hard to see how the co-operative philosophy can survive.

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How did employee owned businesses perform during and post-financial crisis? | Cass Business School

How did employee owned businesses perform during and post-financial crisis? | Cass Business School | real utopias | Scoop.it
New research from Cass Business School examines the data (How did employee owned businesses perform during and post-financial crisis?
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Co-operatives: the people's movement - The Guardian

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Lincolnshire is a model of what mutualism can achieve: as well as its food shops, it subsidises rural post offices, owns social housing and is a commercial landlord.

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The Alternative American Dream: Inclusive Capitalism

The Alternative American Dream: Inclusive Capitalism | real utopias | Scoop.it

Most people don't know it, but today there are over 19,000 companies that collectively employ over 25 million workers that fit under a broad definition of employee ownership. That figure comprises nearly 16 percent of the American workforce. A related statistic from the University of Chicago's General Social Survey reports that about 18 percent of those who work for companies in this country own stock in their companies. This is progress of sufficient measure to qualify for a compelling new label put forward by the Washington, D.C.-based think tank, the Center for American Progress. In a recent policy paper called "Growing the Wealth," they refer to these trends as constituting "inclusive capitalism."

 
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Occupy Sandy builds worker power in Far Rockaway

Occupy Sandy builds worker power in Far Rockaway | real utopias | Scoop.it


Community members in Far Rockaway gather for one of the early meetings about cooperatives.

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Occupy Cooperative Set to Raise Funds - Credit Union Times

Occupy Cooperative Set to Raise Funds - Credit Union Times | real utopias | Scoop.it

Organizers of the Occupy Money Financial Cooperative, the organization that some Occupy Wall Street activists say will offer affordable financial services to low-income people, will formally begin raising money next week.

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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation