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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…

Successful entrepreneurship requires much determination | Gaztenpresa Blog

Originally published in Spain, in the Gaztenpresa blog, we had it translated into English:   Yes. You can. If you really want it you can convert yourself into an entrepreneur. An expert is telling you this. Oscar Muguerza, the Director of Trade of LABORAL Kutxa Enterprises and Gaztenpresa’s coach, participated in the “Innova Bilbao 2016,” an event that set the standard for…

Unions and Cooperatives: How Workers Can Survive and Thrive | Truthout

Brian Van Slyke from the TESA Collective published Unions and Cooperatives: How Workers Can Survive and Thrive on Truthout. In part, he writes: The benefits from this collaboration have already started to bloom. The Cincinnati Union Cooperative Initiative, made possible because of the USW and Mondragon partnership, has helped launch two cooperatives: Our Harvest and Sustainergy. And even more are on the way.…

How Co-ops Build Stronger Communities, a New Economy and a Better World | Truthout

Written by the team at the TESA Collective: Cooperatives are businesses and organizations democratically owned and managed by the people they serve. They come in many shapes and sizes: from a handful of people to thousands upon thousands of members. Some are owned and run by workers, others are owned and governed by consumers, still others are for producers (like…

Worker Cooperatives in a Globalizing World | Great Transition Initiative

Mondragon’s former president Josu Ugarte was recently interviewed for the Great Transition Initiative. We think this is one of the most relevant summaries of Mondragon available. We also appreciate the challenge and potential summed up in the last exchange: What is the future of large, global cooperatives? Is the Mondragon story unique or replicable? The Basque roots of Mondragon remain…

Sharing Economy Is Redefined During Two Simultaneous Events, Nov. 13 and 14

– Union Co-op Symposium and Platform Cooperativism Event Offer Look at What’s Happening on the Ground and on the Web in the New Economy – Cincinnati, Ohio and New York City – The two most exciting gatherings around worker-ownership in the country are happening at the same time this month: the Union Co-op Symposium in Cincinnati and the Platform Cooperativism convention…

Cincinnati’s experiment with an economy that works for everyone | Waging Nonviolence

By Gilbert Geoff With the 2016 presidential campaigns underway, economic populism has taken center stage. Bernie Sanders, calling for a $1 trillion investment in a sustainable infrastructure jobs program along with publically funded health care and college education, has forced Hillary Clinton to offer vague support for similar measures, while even some Republican candidates, like Marco Rubio, have asserted the…

Report from Mondragon Cooperatives

Mondragon cooperatives in industrial sector created 1,000 jobs in 2014. The headlines: The Corporation’s cooperatives have 74,117 workers. Last year, sales totalled about €11,000 million, while investment amounted to €345 million. Internationalisation continues, with 125 production subsidiaries abroad – 3 more than the year before. With 479 patent families, Mondragon accounts for 25% patents in the Basque Country, participating in…

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