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Berkeley Votes to Boost Co-op Economy in the Face of Gentrification

In 1971, the owners of The Cheese Board turned their Berkeley, California, mom-and-pop shop into a co-op, where they became worker-owners alongside their former employees. Over the years, more co-ops branched out from the bakery, forming the Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives, a group of six bakeries and a development and support collective in the San Francisco Bay Area. Today, The Cheese Board Collective, as it’s now called, has an espresso bar, a pizzeria, a menu of nearly 400 cheeses, [...]

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Complementary currencies + value chains to build solidarity economies

Fri, Mar 11 at 1:00 PM, New York By: NYC Department of Small Business Services Events Can we use complementary/alternative currencies alongside value chains to develop a ‘virtuous cycle’ that supports solidarity economy growth regionally and beyond? We look at how complementary currency is used in local contexts to support community businesses, as well as a snapshot of developing cooperative/solidarity economy value chains, and we’ll brainstorm on how we can use these tools together to integrate, sustain and grow businesses and [...]

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Democratize Big Banks

We don’t need to break up the big banks. We need to put them under democratic control In These Times – Jamie Merchant Public interest in progressive financial reform is growing. After the epic crash of 2008 and the “Great Recession,” and with a boost from a sharply populist campaign season, a number of left-of-center proposals have circulated around the question of what to do about the banking system, which has molded contemporary society in its image and defines the horizon [...]

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The cooperative, social & solidarity economy generates 8% of jobs

Published on 08/02/2016 at 13:06 h. Míriam Pina García In Barcelona there are 4,800 companies in the cooperative, social and solidarity sector, representing nearly 3% of the total number of companies in the city and accounting for 8% of jobs. These enterprises are cooperatives, worker-owned companies, integration initiatives, associations, foundations and exchange networks. All the city’s districts have companies, initiatives and experiences of the cooperative, social and solidarity economy. The Eixample district has the highest number, with [...]

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