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Podcast: The case for worker cooperatives and economic democracy

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:03:18 +0000

The latest episode of the Upstream podcast takes a deep dive into the worker cooperatives movement: a broad selection of organizations, activists, and cooperatively-structured workplaces that advocate for and embody workplace and economic democracy. The 21st century has seen an explosion in interest around worker cooperatives.

'Workplaces are commons': Q&A with Sustainable Economies Law Center's Ricardo Nuñez and Chris Tittle

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 00:12:39 +0000

One of the foundational elements of modern society is the idea of democracy. Nations were built upon it, wars have been fought over it (at least in name), and millions have struggled for the right to participate in it. Many of us truly believe that we are living in democratic societies, and that our ability to vote in elections is proof of that. But how democratic are our societies in reality?

Q&A: Solidarity Research Center's Yvonne Yen Liu on the power of cooperative economics

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 22:09:59 +0000

The Solidarity Research Center based in Los Angeles, California, was established in 2014 by a group of researchers and academics with roots in organized labor. Now they are working on projects across the country, linking the ethos of the labor movement and the dynamics of the cooperative economy to build and promote cooperatives across a wide range of sectors.

How Cooperation Richmond is empowering marginalized communities to build an equitable economy

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:30:34 +0000

Lying a few miles south of Marin County and just across the bay from San Francisco, the city of Richmond, California, is situated within two of the wealthiest regions of the United States. Richmond, however, does not share in this wealth. Its downtown has been largely abandoned and its northern periphery is on the front lines of the Chevron Richmond Refinery, processing over 240,000 barrels of crude oil every single day and creating a toxic environment to those living in the surrounding vicinity.

How the European Social Enterprise SMart is Creating a Safety Net for Freelancers

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 22:12:48 +0000

SMart is a social enterprise founded in 1998 in Belgium. The project's aim is to simplify the careers of freelancers in cities across Europe where SMart operates. These days, there are many freelancer services — cooperatives, coworking spaces, unions — but at the time of its inception, SMart officials were focused on one subsection of this workforce: artists. "That's how we started," says Lieza Dessein, a project and community manager for SMart.

Loconomics Gives Gig Workers an Alternative to Investor-Owned Platforms

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 18:23:40 +0000

Loconomics is a platform cooperative that allows service professionals working in areas like dog walking, home care, child care, massage therapy, and tutoring to connect and offer their services on a platform that they own. Founded by Joshua Danielson in 2012, Loconomics, which is based in San Francisco, California, aims to provide an alternative to investor-owned platforms such as Wagg (dog walking), Taskrabbit (gig work), or Handy (home cleaning).

Q&A: Yochai Benkler on the Benefits of an Open Source Economic System

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 21:22:52 +0000

After the breakthrough of the internet, Yochai Benkler, a law professor at Harvard University, quickly understood that new online forms of collaboration such as Wikipedia or Linux responded to a completely new economic logic. Specializing in the digital culture of the networked society, Benkler worked on a coherent economic vision that guides us beyond the old opposition between state and markets.

New Report Shines Light on Groundbreaking Catalan Cooperative

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:19:32 +0000

An intriguing blueprint for a post-capitalist world is gradually being built in a converted spa in Barcelona, Spain.

How Uptima Business Bootcamp Empowers Freelancers and Entrepreneurs

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 17:14:41 +0000

On the surface, Uptima Business Bootcamp, based in Oakland, California, sounds like one of the many business accelerators in the San Francisco Bay Area and increasingly, around the world. But dive a bit deeper and you'll find that Uptima is an innovative, multi-stakeholder cooperative that's not only empowering freelancers and enterprises that haven't had access to business resources, but providing a replicable framework to greatly expand cooperative business opportunities across the country.

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Tue, 24 Oct 2017 18:51:58 +0000

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