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Deer in the Headlights

Yesterday the Bay Area saw a feeble weather front move through from the south. It offered little but a faint wave of fluffy clouds that dissipated as the sun set. It felt like the skies were teasing us. I was … Continue reading

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Confronting the “System Problem” Cooperatively

Guest post: Len Krimerman of the Grassroots Economic Organizing Collective has launched the next phase of the discussion on systemic issues raised by Gar Alperovitz and Thomas Hanna. First and foremost, three cheers to Gar, Thomas, and Andrew for a fine … Continue reading

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Planning Must Be Centered in the Cooperative Movement

A continuing conversation with Thomas M. Hanna of the Democracy Collaborative, cross posted at http://www.geo.coop. As part of an ongoing dialogue prompted by the bankruptcy of a key Mondragon cooperative Thomas Hanna has argued that, “In order for cooperatives and … Continue reading

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Cooperative Movement Should Embrace Discussion of Systemic Issues

A guest post from Thomas M. Hanna of the Democracy Collaborative The following is part of an ongoing dialogue prompted by the collapse of Fagor Electrodomésticos, a large industrial cooperative at the core of Mondragon, a prominent model of worker … Continue reading

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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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