Happy Co-op Month!

Hi everyone.

I suppose many of you are wondering what the heck I mean about Co-op Month. It is a real and actual thing, and you can read more about co-ops at http://go.coop/ From the title of this blog, one might be forgiven for thinking that I’m going to come back to this topic. Repeatedly. And there will be a sort of quiz later on. Maybe many quizzes. But they’ll be self-administered at a time and place of your choosing.

I think that it is especially appropriate that Co-op Month has followed Big Scary Financial Crisis Month. Of course the crisis is just beginning, and now that the government has apparently chosen its reaction to this mess, it is our turn.

Cooperatives have played a huge role in helping people get through financial crises, including the Great Depression (see http://www.yesmagazine.org/article.asp?ID=1464 for details) and the Argentine Financial Crisis of 2002 (see http://www.geo.coop/node/114 or better yet, view the documentary “The Take”)

It’s hard to say how bad this is going to get, but we need to start thinking now about how we can all work together to get through the difficulties ahead. It may not be that “no one” gets hurt, but at least we can aspire to as little hurting as possible. The worst scenario is that we are going to make things worse through fear-based reactions, and we really can’t afford that.

In this blog, I’ll be writing about how we might mount collective responses to this crisis, and also to the difficulties of everyday life. Many hands make light work, so let’s get to it.

For some mysterious reason my previous blog (over at another big blog site which shall remain unnamed) has locked me out, so I’m taking that as an opportunity to mend my ways and fire it up again with this lovely open source scene. I’ll try to import that blog now, so stay tuned for some re-runs!

Oh boy! Nothing like re-runs to get us into the spirit of creative re-use of what we’ve already got!

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