My school has gotten a bit out of hand, so coopgeek is going to be taking a little blog hiatus for the next few weeks. I may pop up from time to time, but it won’t be like usual.
But before I go, I want to announce a very interesting documentary, which was announced in a recent comment on my last entry: At Home in Utopia chronicles the massive Jewish housing co-op movement that existed in New York during the 1920s to 1950s. It will be showing on PBS over the next week or two and you can find out your local schedule here.
I also want to point out that The Sacramento Bee ran an opinion piece this morning, called “Co-op structure is a solution to meltdown.” The author is a former board member of Sacramento’s public utility, the poetically-named SMUD, which is not exactly a co-op due to its quasi-governmental nature and the difficulty of applying the cooperative characteristic of voluntary membership to delivery of utilities. Of course, electric co-ops run into some of the same issues. In any case, it is great to have this high-profile statement in favor of democratic community ownership, whatever legal form it takes. Hopefully it is the start of a larger dialogue.
Other people are getting the word out. I can take a little break now, right?