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Cooperative Movement Should Engage Government Cautiously

This post has also been published by Grassroots Economic Organizing, which is developing a collection of writings from various authors to be posted at http://www.geo.coop. Cooperatives have much to learn from this autumn’s collapse of Fagor Electrodomésticos – the original … Continue reading

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Lessons From the Co-op Crises

October was Co-op Month, which is usually supposed to highlight the benefits of cooperative economics but this year featured a large-scale PR nightmare in the form of three serious setbacks for the global co-op movement: Fagor Electrodomésticos, the direct descendant … Continue reading

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Fagor Updates

It’s been a rough couple of weeks in European co-op news. One key story – besides the Co-operative Bank restructuring about which I wrote Monday – is that Fagor Electrodomesticos, a core Mondragon industrial cooperative, has entered a sort of … Continue reading

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Co-op Bank Updates

More information is continually emerging about both stories that I’ve been following. Tonight (Monday) the Basque broadcaster EiTB is doing a Fagor news marathon of sorts, so I’m going to hold off and post more on that in the near … Continue reading

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Bad News Week

I am trying to make sense of this past week, which has seen two major co-op crises on the global scene: The Co-operative Group is losing majority control of its bank, which was until recently the inspiration for much buzz … Continue reading

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Locking Down Community

The day before the Boston Marathon bombing a friend suggested that I read Rebecca Solnit’s 2008 book, A Paradise Built in Hell. It turned out to be perfect timing, much in the way that my reading of Jared Diamond’s Collapse … Continue reading

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What to Do

It looks like my “least likely” scenario from the previous post was right. There is now some evidence of Islamist motivation for the Boston Marathon bombing, which is deeply unfortunate (and a gross distortion of Islam). Boston is a police … Continue reading

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Moment of Truth

This is the point at which we start to decide what sort of people we are going to be: Will the terrorists win? Will we live in a police state? Or will we find a way to live together, to work … Continue reading

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Social Infrastructure: A Remedy for Disastrous Times

Last week The New Yorker printed a fascinating article called “Adaptation,” which addresses “social infrastructure: the people, places and institutions that foster cohesion and support.” Author Eric Klinenberg reminds us that a comprehensive strategy of resilience in the face of disaster … Continue reading

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New Currencies For a New Economy

Last spring, I completed the Master in Management – Co-operatives and Credit Unions graduate program; my final research was on governance of complementary currencies. I believe that this somewhat obscure topic (almost entirely absent in the academic literature) is actually a key … Continue reading

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