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How Grace Lee Boggs Changed My Life

How Grace Lee Boggs Changed My Life (and Maybe Yours too) By Scott Kurashige via Reappropriate Twenty years ago, I wrote to Grace Lee Boggs completely out of the blue. She had no basis for knowing who I was or what I was involved in. In fact, I had only recently learned about Grace through the research of my friend, Jung Hee Choi. In the spring of 1998, I was 27 years old and officially a PhD student at UCLA. However, I [...]

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How To Build a New World

How to Build a New World in the Shell of the Old Every city has its graveyard of nonprofits, cooperatives, social clubs, and community centers. Without a strategic vision, local projects cannot possibly amount to a systemic alternative to capitalism. The latest contribution from the SYMBIOSIS RESEARCH COLLECTIVE  via The Ecologist “Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” – Arundhati Roy In the first two articles of this series, we alluded to [...]

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Q&A: Solidarity Research Center’s Yvonne Yen Liu

The Solidarity Research Center based in Los Angeles, California, was established in 2014 by a group of researchers and academics with roots in organized labor. Now they are working on projects across the country, linking the ethos of the labor movement and the dynamics of the cooperative economy to build and promote cooperatives across a wide range of sectors. via Shareable “I like the term ‘solidarity economy’ because it’s linked to the history of the movement against privatization of the common and neoliberalism,” says the group’s [...]

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Social.coop

Social.coop is a cooperatively run instance of Mastodon, a decentralized social network based on open protocols and free, open-source software. Alanna from Open Collective interviewed three of its co-founders to find out more. via Medium Nathan Schneider is a media scholar, journalist, and co-founder of the platform co-op movement; Matthew Cropp is a co-op movement organizer and historian; and Mayel de Borniol is a developer, entrepreneur, and creator of CloudVault. How did all this get started? Matt: Earlier this year, the #BuyTwitter campaign was ramping up activity and Mastodon was riding a wave of Twitter disaffection. Mastodon’s [...]

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An Interview with Solidarity Economist Paul Singer

Professor Paul Singer, Austrian economist and tireless promotor of the Solidarity economy in Brazil, died at age 86 (see RIPESS). Below is an interview with Professor Singer by the International Sociological Association. Paul Singer is one the most distinguished intellectuals of the Solidarity Economy in Brazil and in the world. His publications include: Desenvolvimento e Crise [Development and Crisis] (1968), Desenvolvimento Econômico e Evolução Urbana [Economic Development and Urban Evolution] (1969), Dinâmica Populacional e Desenvolvimento [Population Dynamics and Development] (1970), Dominação e desigualdade: estrutura de classes e [...]

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Drink Your Coffee Black-Owned

Building Alternatives at Atlanta’s Café ULU by Ajowa Nzinga Ifateyo via Grassroots Economic Organizing Ormond Ashby bounces into the unheated, under-construction home of Café ULU on a chilly January day with a bayonet saw and an air of enthusiasm. The 76-year-old retiree is here to help to build a stage for the new worker-owned café. “Economics is the only way to have an impact in this world today,” says Ashby, a grandfather of seven and great-grandfather of one. Through his many lives as [...]

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Worker Cooperatives Are More Productive

When maximizing profits isn’t the only goal, companies actually work better. By Michelle Chen via The Nation Imagine an economy without bosses. It’s not a utopian vision but a growing daily reality for many enterprises. A close analysis of the performance of worker-owned cooperative firms—companies in which workers share in management and ownership—shows that, compared to standard top-down firms, co-ops can be a viable, even superior way of doing business. The term “co-op” evokes images of collective farming or crunchy craft breweries. [...]

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A Feminist Economy

Report on the Third RIPESS Webinar on Women and Social Solidarity Economy Four feminist speakers, all practitioners and experts in SSE from very different backgrounds shared their reflections with us on the feminist economy from a gender perspective on SSE in this third webinar of the RIPESS open group on Women and SSE. Here is some feedback on their interventions. Firstly we wish to thank the thirty participants from Africa, Europe, North and South America as well as those from Asia. This was [...]

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Wobblies of the World

A History of Globetrotting Troublemakers by Eric Dirnbach via Labor Notes Despite the “World” in its name, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) has largely been viewed as an American or North American union. Indeed, the proposed name “Industrial Workers of America” was considered and rejected at its first convention. Also, during its early years the union achieved a presence in 17 countries on every continent. That’s the topic of a fantastic new book, Wobblies of the World: A Global History of [...]

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Atlas of Utopias

“Utopia lies at the horizon. When I draw nearer by two steps, it retreats two steps. If I proceed ten steps forward, it swiftly slips ten steps ahead. No matter how far I go, I can never reach it. What, then, is the purpose of utopia? It is to cause us to advance.” – Eduardo Galeano The Atlas of Utopias is a global gallery of inspiring community-led transformation in water, energy and housing. The atlas features 32 communities from 19 countries who [...]

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