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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…

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…

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