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Elinor Ostrom

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Every student of cooperation theory must read Ostrom. I was fortunate to have made the pilgrimage to Bloomington to meet her and Vincent Ostrom and to talk with her and her colleagues at their Workshop -- Howard

 

"IT SEEMED to Elinor Ostrom that the world contained a large body of common sense. People, left to themselves, would sort out rational ways of surviving and getting along. All these cases had taught her that, over time, human beings tended to draw up sensible rules for the use of common-pool resources. Neighbours set boundaries and assigned shares, with each individual taking it in turn to use water, or to graze cows on a certain meadow. Common tasks, such as clearing canals or cutting timber, were done together at a certain time. Monitors watched out for rule-breakers, fining or eventually excluding them. The schemes were mutual and reciprocal, and many had worked well for centuries."


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Forage Kitchen

Forage Kitchen is the first Co-working space for food. A hub for the Bay Area food community, and a home for artisan food makers.

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Slow Food Atlanta Finds Power in Collaboration : Slow Food USA

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Slow Food Atlanta Finds Power in Collaboration : Slow Food USA http://t.co/sFLeOOj...


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OpEdNews - Article: Equal Exchange: Worker-Owned Fair Trade Food Company

OpEdNews - Article: Equal Exchange: Worker-Owned Fair Trade Food Company | LOFC Network | Scoop.it
We have worked to change the food system.We import and sell coffee,cocoa,chocolate,sugar and bananas,mostly organic, from small farmer cooperatives in over 20 countries.While our main customers include natural food stores and cafés, we also partner...

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Member-owned power co-op an Alberta first

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Alberta’s first member-owned retail power co-op is barely a month old, but it has already signed up 140 customers. And that includes 90 who joined in the past week.

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Desire for control sends consumers to food co-ops - The Daily News Online

Desire for control sends consumers to food co-ops - The Daily News Online | LOFC Network | Scoop.it

Desire for control sends consumers to food co-ops." During the past two to three years alone, 10 to 12 new stores have opened each year, according to Cooperative Grocer magazine, which keeps an online directory of food co-ops.


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Member-Owned, Worker-Run Brewery Taps into a Radical Idea

Member-Owned, Worker-Run Brewery Taps into a Radical Idea | LOFC Network | Scoop.it

An establishment for those who toast to challenging the establishment, anyone can come and enjoy a perfectly crafted beer while collectively offering society an alternative approach to business...


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E. O. Wilson's Theory of Everything

"But the proposed new interpretation of what causes ants and a few other species to become highly social, to the point of intricate specialization and even self-sacrifice, or altruism, is classic Wilson. “The causative agent,” the authors wrote, “is the advantage of a defensible nest.” Eusocial creatures are driven to cooperate not by their relatedness, in other words, but by the advantages that accrue to any group from the division of labor. As natural circumstance forced individuals to interact, certain cooperative traits became advantageous, and proliferated, in a handful of cases."


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COLUMN ONE: They're owning this cooperation

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"They're owning this cooperation

Taking a cue from a Spanish hill town, the mayor of Richmond, Calif., is recognizing worker-owned co-ops as a possible path out of the poverty and unemployment that plague her city."


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Wired for Culture: The natural history of human cooperation

"Mark Pagel, one of the world's leading experts on human evolution and development, visits the RSA to investigate our species' capacity for culture, cooperation and community."


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Evolution and Our Inner Conflict

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The evolutionary roots of human cooperative behavior remain contested, but gradually empirical and theoretical evidence are building a case for how we became super-cooperators -- Howard

 

"Are human beings intrinsically good but corruptible by the forces of evil, or the reverse, innately sinful yet redeemable by the forces of good? Are we built to pledge our lives to a group, even to the risk of death, or the opposite, built to place ourselves and our families above all else? Scientific evidence, a good part of it accumulated during the past 20 years, suggests that we are all of these things simultaneously. Each of us is inherently complicated. We are all genetic chimeras, at once saints and sinners — not because humanity has failed to reach some foreordained religious or ideological ideal — but because of the way our species originated across millions of years of biological evolution."


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GMO Farming, Glyphosate Significant Causes of Water Pollution ...

GMO Farming, Glyphosate Significant Causes of Water Pollution ... | LOFC Network | Scoop.it
Water pollution and air pollution has been and continues to be a serious issue in many nations. Both of these pollution types are successfully bringing down the health of not only humans, but also animals, plant life, and the ...
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Switching gears: Freezer projects | Adventures in Local Food

Switching gears: Freezer projects | Adventures in Local Food | LOFC Network | Scoop.it
Now I'm switching gears to start thinking about putting this season's food by. I've already frozen 8 cups of rhubarb. I chop it, then freeze it on cookie sheets, as I would berries, before putting into freezer bags.
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Seeds for Change - training and support

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Workshops and Resources for grassroots activists

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NRECA: The Electric Cooperative Story

Even the USA has a great tradition in cooperatives. This great video talks you through the history, structure, and purpose of rural electric cooperatives.


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Natural Food Co-ops: Putting Local Sourcing Into Practice ...

Natural Food Co-ops: Putting Local Sourcing Into Practice ... | LOFC Network | Scoop.it

Food co-ops are different and they fit more comfortably into small towns and unique neighborhoods. Because they reflect the values and principles of their owners and members they can differentiate themselves more easily.


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Gardens Grow as Local Shoppers Turn to Co-Ops Instead of Corporations - Dallas Observer (blog)

Gardens Grow as Local Shoppers Turn to Co-Ops Instead of Corporations - Dallas Observer (blog) | LOFC Network | Scoop.it
Dallas Observer (blog)Gardens Grow as Local Shoppers Turn to Co-Ops Instead of CorporationsDallas Observer (blog)"Our goal is to have small, neighborhood co-ops throughout the metroplex. It matters not that we head them.

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Shareable: How to Start A Worker Co-op

Shareable: How to Start A Worker Co-op | LOFC Network | Scoop.it

In the age of unemployment, downsizing, and outsourcing, where can a poor soul find a job? Well, maybe it’s time we create our own. Self-employment is an option and can seem freeing, but it’s hard to do everything yourself and find time for a non-work life. The worker coop is an alternative to the isolation of self-employment and the exploitation of traditional jobs.


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A Robust Model that Delivers Food, Housing and Jobs | New ...

A Robust Model that Delivers Food, Housing and Jobs | New ... | LOFC Network | Scoop.it
Cooperatives−member owned, operated and governed enterprises−are a viable model to create businesses to provide nourishing food, adequate housing, child care, elder care, health care, and improve our educational ...

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Some field observations on the applicability of Elinor Ostrom's work to contemporary cooperative practice | Grassroots Economic Organizing

Some field observations on the applicability of Elinor Ostrom's work to contemporary cooperative practice | Grassroots Economic Organizing | LOFC Network | Scoop.it

"Food co-ops are still the most collaborative of cooperative sectors that I have worked with, and a neat example of the one of the most useful concepts in the Ostrom cannon, that of polycentricity. Polycentricity - the pairing of local control with higher level shared governance and/or services both general and specialized - has only recently evolved in the food co-op sector, although it was contemplated decades earlier. Now with the establishment of the National Cooperative Grocers Association and its uniform supply contract, for example, member co-ops can purchase together as a "virtual chain" from the major national wholesaler providing significant savings. Such a shared purchasing agreement requires, however, that each member effectively guarantee the purchases of the others in order to access the savings. This has necessarily led to some formal standardization of expectations of financial performance of each member , but in keeping with the Ostrom model, these "rules" of performance did not come from some outside rating agency, but rather from the food cooperatives themselves (design principle 3)."


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Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation (9780300116335): Richard Sennett: Books

Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation

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"Living with people who differ—racially, ethnically, religiously, or economically—is the most urgent challenge facing civil society today. We tend socially to avoid engaging with people unlike ourselves, and modern politics encourages the politics of the tribe rather than of the city. In this thought-provoking book, Richard Sennett discusses why this has happened and what might be done about it.

Sennett contends that cooperation is a craft, and the foundations for skillful cooperation lie in learning to listen well and discuss rather than debate. In Together he explores how people can cooperate online, on street corners, in schools, at work, and in local politics. He traces the evolution of cooperative rituals from medieval times to today, and in situations as diverse as slave communities, socialist groups in Paris, and workers on Wall Street. Divided into three parts, the book addresses the nature of cooperation, why it has become weak, and how it could be strengthened. The author warns that we must learn the craft of cooperation if we are to make our complex society prosper, yet he reassures us that we can do this, for the capacity for cooperation is embedded in human nature."


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Which Favors Innovation: Cooperation or Competition?

Which Favors Innovation: Cooperation or Competition? | LOFC Network | Scoop.it

"The problem is context. Competition certainly works in the short term, and it certainly works among individuals. Over the long term, however, and among groups, competition alone does not work. It has to be balanced by cooperation. That’s where innovation comes in. Take the ever-fascinating problem of the prisoner’s dilemma (which I won’t describe here, in the interests of saving space). In the short term, “defectors,” or cheaters, beat cooperators as individuals. But if “cooperators” form clusters or groups, they thrive, and cheaters do not.

A new book entitled SuperCooperators: Altruism, Evolution, and Why We Need Each Other to Succeed, by the Harvard mathematical biologist Martin A. Nowak (with Roger Highfield) makes just this case, and argues not only that cooperation is central to innovation, but that it is central to the entire process of evolution itself: “cooperation, not competition, has always been the key to the evolution of complexity.” In other words, cooperation is not just a conscious strategy we might adopt to get something we want, it is actually behind the evolution of all forms of life on earth from the origin of life to the present: “Cooperation—not competition—underpins innovation. To spur creativity, and to encourage people to come up with original ideas, you need to use the lure of the carrot, not fear of the stick. Cooperation is the architect of creativity throughout evolution, from cells to multicellular creatures to anthills to villages to cities. Without cooperation there can be neither construction nor complexity in evolution” (xvii)."


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Five rules for the evolution of cooperation

Nowak addresses the interesting question of how cooperation might have evolved and persisted in an evolutionary process apparently dominated by competition -- Howard

 

"Cooperation is needed for evolution to construct new levels of organization. The emergence of genomes, cells, multi-cellular organisms, social insects and human society are all based on cooperation. Cooperation means that selfish replicators forgo some of their reproductive potential to help one another. But natural selection implies competition and therefore opposes cooperation unless a specific mechanism is at work. Here I discuss five mechanisms for the evolution of cooperation: kin selection, direct reciprocity, indirect reciprocity, network reciprocity and group selection. For each mechanism, a simple rule is derived which specifies whether natural selection can lead to cooperation."


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Prof. Hamzaoui-Essoussi and Prof. Zahaf Tackle How Organic Food Should be Marketed - Telfer School of Management - University of Ottawa, Canada

Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa. Our location in the nation’s capital enables us to directly engage with the convergence of Canadian and international leaders from industry. Accreditations: AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS.
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