Tag Archives: Cooperatives

“Historic” Weather

This week’s much-anticipated storm was a dud. Many parts of the state got no measurable rain. On the bright side, there does seem to be some significant (but modest) improvement in the Sierra snowpack, although it is still only 15 … Continue reading

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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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Life-changing event

I have moved from Sacramento to Washington DC, to serve as communications specialist for the National Cooperative Business Association. My primary responsibility will be coordinating and writing content for the Cooperative Business Journal (CBJ), a bimonthly print publication, as well as NCBA’s … Continue reading

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Helping Haiti

As the disaster in Haiti enters its second week, it is time to start changing gears. Aid can help, but at some point Haiti needs something else. One WSJ editorial by Bret Stevens argues that For Haitians, just about every … Continue reading

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Saving democracy, part two

NOTE: in my last post I raised concerns about a breakdown of decision-making processes in the government. Here’s what co-ops have to do with that: Consider the parable (attributed to Paulo Friere, I believe) in which someone is sitting on … Continue reading

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Saving democracy, part one

I’ve been making occasional visits to Front Porch Republic, which is a pretty interesting blog site with an intriguing tagline: “Place. Limits. Liberty.” Most recently, I came across a piece by Patrick Deneen called “New World Order.” It is a … Continue reading

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2012: International Year of Cooperatives

Last week, the United Nations declared that 2012 will be the International Year of Cooperatives. Here are some excerpts from a draft resolution, which is reportedly identical to the final draft that will soon be available. Recognizing that cooperatives, in … Continue reading

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