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The One & Only Leo Gerard

Leo Gerard retires in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Monday, July 15th, 2019, after 54 years as a union member and 18 years as the International President of United Steelworkers (USW). The following is not an epitaph but a declaration: “Bestowed with the common touch of someone who willingly lives his roots every single day, there’s not been a power-paradigm-photo of note…

Are We All Wee Workers?

The history and future of concentrated economic power versus functioning democracy and an aspirational future of work with no workers left behind shows the intrinsic value of equating shareholders and stakeholders. This is accomplished in two concurrent steps: first, by relentlessly pursuing anti-trust policies on macro national and global levels to break down platform monopolists so that competition and transparency…

Creating local paths that work for local stakeholders

1worker1vote advisory board member, Dr. Steve Sleigh, with Dr. Julian Manley, Chair of Preston/UK’s Cooperative Development Network (PCDN) inspired by Mondragon’s cooperative ecosystem, outside of the University of Central Lancashire following a hybrid shared ownership model finance roundtable hosted by Julian and the PCDN on“Pension Funds and the value creation conversation,” featuring Steve and Cllr Martyn Rawlinson on “The use…

Legal Cannabis – A Blueprint from Persecution to Restitution through Local Stakeholders as Shareholders

The global legal cannabis industry is projected to reach $57 billion by 2027 according to a Forbes report but that may be a floor, not a ceiling.  Other prognosticators (Grand View Research) predict the global legal marijuana market, hemp excluded which had $827 million in 2017 USA sales and is expected to triple that amount by 2022, will come in…

An Emerging US/UK Union Co-ops Consensus

By Pat Conaty (Associate, Co-ops UK), Dr. Julian Manley (Chair, Preston Cooperative Development Network), Ed Mayo (Secretary General, Co-ops UK), and Dr. Cilla Ross (Vice Principal, Co-operative College, UK) A transatlantic consensus and two-way thought leadership transfer is emerging between the U.S. 1worker1vote and U.K. union co-op movements, with Cincinnati, Ohio, and Preston in the U.K. serving as models for social…

American Sustainable Business Institute’s Ownership4All Campaign

By David Levine, Carmen Huertas, Kristen Barker, Chris Cooper and Michael Peck The “Ownership4All” Campaign launched by the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) & 1worker1vote, an ASBC member, seeks to advance policy at the national, state and local level to support worker ownership starting with rural and urban underserved communities and regions. The American Sustainable Business Council is a growing…

Cry the Beloved Country Redux

Saturday, October 6th, 2018:  the country continues to self-dismantle. The world is witnessing once again how America’s political and judicial processes bully and devalue America’s women.  The haters, enablers, dividers and dictators are winning; there is no uplifting alternative vision stronger than reactive selfishness, greed, disgust and fear with enough bipartisan power and inspiration to prevail. Echoing Democratic Party legislative…

Epitaph or Prophecy: Great Recession 2008

The quote, “forgive your enemies, but never forget their names,” is attributed to President John F. Kennedy. In that spirit, my gospel on the financial crash ten years ago this month leading to the September/October 2008 Great Recession is the word according to Matt Taibbi (author of the legendary Rolling Stone magazine article in 2009 where he searingly referred to…

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