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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 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 transformation,…

The Mondragón Experience to the Preston Model | Stir

The October 2018 issue of Stir, The Magazine for the New Economy, includes this article on Mondragon ideas in practice in the UK by Julian Manley. Order your copy if the Autumn 2018 issue “Co-operating out of Crisis.” You can also read a copy of the article here.  — “The success of the Mondragón co-operatives in the Gipuzkoa region of the Basque Country remains an…

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…

Why the U.S. Needs More Worker-Owned Companies | Harvard Business Review

The Harvard Business Review published “Why the U.S. Needs More Worker-Owned Companies” by Peter Walsh, Michael Peck and Ibon Zugasti. In part, they write: Within the next decade, we expect worker- and employee-owned companies to grow in popularity thanks to three mutually reinforcing trends: First, renewed interest in ensuring the economic viability of local communities suggests that Baby Boomer owners about…

To Solve Food Access Problem, Cincy Neighborhood Looks to Model from Spain | NextCity

Zoe Sullivan writes about the Apple Street Market and Cincinnati Union Cooperative Initiative for NextCity: CUCI’s seeds were planted in 2009 following conversations between U.S. Steelworkers and representatives of Spain’s Mondragon cooperative business network, according to Kristen Barker, CUCI’s Executive Director. Mondragon’s network includes 120 worker cooperatives in the Basque region of Spain, employing over 70,000 worker-owners. The union cooperative model…

There Are No Free Markets with Invisible Hands

by Brian Lombardozzi & Michael A. Peck Since the 1970s, America has counterbalanced high per capita GDP with increasingly unequal income distribution. “Winners-take-all” results produced stagnant wages, accelerated redlining, declining mobility, increased economic class divisions and racial tensions at levels not experienced since the Great Depression.    From ride hailing and sharing apps to personal data algorithms, hegemonic social media…

Humanity at Work – MONDRAGON, a social innovation ecosystem case study | Young Foundation

From The Young Foundation: MONDRAGON is a large global business owned by its workers delivering economic and social equality by combining success in the marketplace with social benefit. We found that MONDRAGON, with annual revenues of over €12 billion (equivalent to those of Kellogg’s and Visa), doesn’t just have social values as a nice-to-have, like many corporate social responsibility or…

Two 1worker1vote.org Co-Founders Named 2016 BALLE Local Economy Fellows

We are so proud that TWO of our co-founders – Bill Generett and Kristen Barker – and have been selected as BALLE Local Economy Fellows! From the BALLE website: Thirty-six leaders representing innovative community and economic development solutions in 29 U.S. and Canadian cities have been selected to the Business Alliance for Local Living Economy’s (BALLE)  fourth cohort of Local…

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