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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 Than Normal Companies

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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Considerations of Workplace Democracy as a New Business Model

via Georgetown Public Policy Review Coauthored by Rebekah Ackerman and Charlie Whittington No subject suffers continuous and unproductive beatings as often as the subject of economic inequality. The conventional analysis of economic inequality considers measurements of income and wealth to identify trends in inequality. We abandon this method and propose an economic theory in terms of production. Through worker inclusion in the right to control and return, we theorize that firms are more productive and experience more growth. We suppose that inequality [...]

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The Factory in the Family

The radical vision of Wages for Housework. By Sarah Jaffe via The Nation In 1975, women in Iceland went on strike, from their domestic responsibilities as well as their day jobs. The strike, organized by women’s councils across the country after the United Nations declared 1975 as International Women’s Year, saw some 25,000 women in the streets of Reykjavík alone. In the strike’s aftermath, Iceland elected Europe’s first female president, and the country formally outlawed gender discrimination in 1976. Iceland’s gaps in [...]

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Zapatista’s Women in Struggle Summit

The First International Gathering of Politics, Art, Sport, and Culture for Women in Struggle is hosted exclusively by rebel women for rebel women. via Telesur Thousands of women from around the world attended a meeting in Zapatistaterritory Thursday to hold the “First International Gathering of Politics, Art, Sport, and Culture for Women in Struggle,” hosted by women of the National Liberation Zapatista Army in the southeastern mountains of Mexico. The meeting is taking place at the Caracol of Morelia, an autonomous municipality in the Mayan Tzotz Choj zone of [...]

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Buy Out Your Boss

Two Glasgow businessmen knew that selling up for big money would also mean huge job cuts, so they handed over power to their staff instead. The latest article in our new economics series explores this forgotten solution. by Aditya Chakrabortty via The Guardian It had all been going so well. In this smoothest of seductions, John Clark and Alistair Miller hadn’t had to do a thing. There they were, itching to sell their business and get on with retirement. Then one day in the [...]

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