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Can co-operatives crowd out capitalism? -- New Internationalist

Can co-operatives crowd out capitalism? -- New Internationalist | Workercoops | Scoop.it
Wayne Ellwood argues that co-ops – democratic, community-focused – offer an egalitarian way out of our current mess. (What's so funny about peace, love, and co-operation?

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Employee stock ownership plan raises concerns |Markets |chinadaily.com.cn

A new regulation aimed at facilitating the formation of employee stock ownership plans has received mixed reviews from experts.
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Doing Capitalism Differently – Spain's Mondragon Corporation ...

Doing Capitalism Differently – Spain's Mondragon Corporation ... | Workercoops | Scoop.it
MC is composed of many co-operative enterprises grouped into four areas: industry, finance, retail and knowledge. In each enterprise, the co-op members (averaging 80-85% of all workers per enterprise) collectively own and ...
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The New Leaf Co-op | A workers' co-operative

RT @jimlee_coop: New worker co-op in Edinburgh which will be taking over the existing New Leaf wholefood shop in Marchmont: http://t.co/Shibe3nL...
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CWCF June 2012 Newsletter

CWCF June 2012 Newsletter | Workercoops | Scoop.it

(Le français suit) In this month's report from the Executive Director there are some very exciting stories about the growing co-operative movement. Several news items are discussed, such as the US Federation of Worker Co-ops meeting in Boston, the formation of the Special Committee on Co-operatives in Parliament, and the CICOPA-North America conference

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Cuba's Coming Co-operative Economy?

Cuba's Coming Co-operative Economy? | Workercoops | Scoop.it

In 2011, I made two trips to Cuba to study the new co-operatives. In June I was kindly invited by Camila Piñeiro Harnecker, a professor at the University of Havana and one of the country's leading experts on its co-operative movement, to participate in two conferences. In December, Wendy Holm (Canadian agronomist and co-operative facilitator working in Cuba for the last dozen years) extended an invitation to participate in the “Walking the Walk: Cuba's path to a more co-operative and sustainable economy” workshops, again in Havana. Both trips had international guests share experiences and knowledge of the co-operative organizational model with our Cuban hosts. The backdrop was, on both occasions, the recently proposed economic reforms coming out of los nuevos lineamientos (the new guidelines) of the Sixth Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba, completed and released on April 18, 2011.

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Mondragón Cooperative Corporation « Trade Practices

Mondragón Cooperative Corporation « Trade Practices | Workercoops | Scoop.it
It can be hard for employee-owned firms to get financing, but this is what the Caja Laboral was created for. It was “created specifically to offer patient capital, to cater generally to the financial needs of both new cooperative ...
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A New Era of Worker Ownership? | Your Olive Branch News - yobo

A New Era of Worker Ownership? | Your Olive Branch News - yobo | Workercoops | Scoop.it
The workers of the just-formed New Era Windows cooperative in Chicago—the same workers who sat in and forced Serious Energy to back down on a hasty shutdown of their Goose Island plant a few months ago, and ...
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Next Trend? Cooperative, Employee Owned Businesses « Things I ...

Next Trend? Cooperative, Employee Owned Businesses « Things I ... | Workercoops | Scoop.it
In 2006, Fall of the West Records was reincorporated as a worker-owned cooperative, giving each member an ownership stake and convincing Van Slyke to tailor his college education around cooperatives. [...] A co-op is a ...
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Workers purchase factory and set up a worker-run cooperative - Blog

The priority is not profit, it's labor and jobs No 506 Posted by fw, June 19, 2012 Congratulations to a group of enterprising Chicago factory workers who have boldly taken their fate into their own hands.
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Rio declaration acknowledges co-operatives - Co-Operative News (blog)

Rio declaration acknowledges co-operativesCo-Operative News (blog)Rio+20 document affirms that co-operatives are key for sustainable development. Today the ... Presentation on Forming and Operating a Worker Cooperative ...
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Worker Co-operatives and Democracy (Part 2) | Dissident Voice

Worker Co-operatives and Democracy (Part 2) | Dissident Voice | Workercoops | Scoop.it

The popular slogan “People before Profit” adopted by worker co-operatives begs the question. If the members of a worker co-operative democratically vote to cut their wages during an economic downturn, are they demonstrating their supremacy over capital? How does this decision, albeit arrived at democratically, significantly differ from a boss telling his staff that he regretfully needs to cut their salaries due to a lack of sales? Does collective decision-making become farcical because it is unable to challenge the ultimate power of capital?

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The Coming Depression -

The Coming Depression - | Workercoops | Scoop.it
Examples of the new approach are evident around the world, including worker-cooperatives in Argentina; the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh (which, with its founder, Muhammad Yunus, won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize); and ...
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Cuba's new, experimental urban cooperatives » peoplesworld

Cuba's new, experimental urban cooperatives » peoplesworld | Workercoops | Scoop.it
On July 23 the Cuban National Assembly approved an 'experiement' to develop 222 urban cooperatives http://t.co/k4m9lmow #coops...
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The Employee Ownership Update for August 1, 2012

The Employee Ownership Update for August 1, 2012 | Workercoops | Scoop.it
A column about current events in the employee ownership field, ranging from ESOPs to stock options and from employee involvement to research on corporate performance.
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New law for worker cooperatives in Brazil - CICOPA

New law for worker cooperatives in Brazil - CICOPA | Workercoops | Scoop.it
The worker cooperatives in Brazil have a new law that promises an optimistic panorama for the sector. The new legislation is the result of many years of work carried out by Brazilian worker cooperatives.
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A New Era for Worker Ownership - CounterPunch

A New Era for Worker Ownership - CounterPunch | Workercoops | Scoop.it
A New Era for Worker OwnershipCounterPunchThe workers of the just-formed New Era Windows cooperative in Chicago—the same workers who sat in and forced Serious Energy to back down on a hasty shutdown of their Goose Island plant a few months ago, and...
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Chicago Factory Occupiers Form Worker Cooperative - Infoshop News

Fire Your Boss. First, they occupied the factory to get their wages from the bosses that owned the machinery. Then, they occupied their factory to keep the second bosses from shutting down their machinery.
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How to set up a Workers Co-op - Radical Routes

How to set up a Workers Co-op - Radical Routes | Workercoops | Scoop.it

Follow the links for a recording of the launch of the Radical Routes book, "How to set up a Workers Co-op", an interview with Cath from Radical Routes, some photos of the event and also a PDF version of the book. Great Stuff!

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Co-ops hold key to future — ACCA

Co-ops hold key to future — ACCA | Workercoops | Scoop.it
Hazel Corcoran is executive director of the Calgary-based Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation (CWCF), as well as co-ordinator of the CoopZone, a site providing Canadians with resources and consultants to help ...
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The Meaning of Mondragon - CounterPunch

The Meaning of MondragonCounterPunchIn light of this organizational confusion, MC is significant in that it adheres to the basic cooperative principle of worker-member control of the firms in the complex.
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Academics, practitioners develop tools to measure the co-op ... - Co-Operative News

Co-Operative NewsAcademics, practitioners develop tools to measure the co-op ...Co-Operative NewsCanadian co-op developer Peter Hough has developed a measurement tool specifically for worker co-operatives.
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New guide for setting up grass routes worker co-operative

New guide for setting up grass routes worker co-operative | Workercoops | Scoop.it
It's been years in the making, Radical Routes a UK-wide network of radical housing and workers' co-operatives has updated their guide to starting and developing workers' co-operatives.  I heavily promoted the last version, but in recent years, as...
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A Conceptual Guide to Employee Ownership for Very Small Businesses | American Worker Cooperative

Many smaller companies want to share ownership with employees but find the legal costs and complexities of various common plans daunting. For owners wanting to sell to employees, an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) has great tax benefits, but its costs and complexities may be daunting. For other owners who just want to share some kind of equity interest with employees, stock options or restricted stock may be good choices, but other companies want something simpler still, or, if they are limited liability companies, do not have actual stock to share. So what kinds of strategies are available for these companies?

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Sensemaking in Worker Cooperatives

For my theory class, I am currently reading a classic article on sensemaking in organizations: “The Collapse of Sensemaing in Organizations: The Mann Gulch Disaster” by Karl Wieck The article reviews Norman McLean’s “Young Men and Fire” and...
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