[listen] from TheNextSystem.org
What role can worker coops play as part of a movement for system change?
Really enjoyed this interview with Esteban Kelly of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives.
Hits some great points like common misconceptions of worker coops (e.g. totally flat structure); the question of ‘get big’ vs ‘replicate’; how coops avoid boom bust cycles.
Interesting distinction of anti-capitalist and acapitalist, that’s a new one on me.
The Broken Spoke bike coop in Oxford is fundraising to move to a new home – send some solidarity their way if you can spare anything!
They do DIY workshops, mechanics courses, cycle training, events for underrepresented groups, and lots more great stuff.
#bikes #coops #oxford
[listen] by from Upstream Podcast
The second episode in our Worker Cooperative series takes a deep dive into the Mondragon Cooperative Corporation, the largest network of federated cooperatives in the world.
Another great episode of Upstream. It discusses the coops of Mondragon, and the challenges they faced as they got bigger and brushed up against the global capitalist system. And discusses Cooperation Jackson and their learnings from Mondragon. Emphasises the need for strong political direction in addition to forming coops.
I like the metaphor of islands of coops forming in the sea of capitalism, and eventually they all join up.
#coops #mondragon #cooperationjackson
kobo-nightmode patch that works for me on the Glo HD: https://github.com/gtalusan/kobo-nightmode/
“The oppressed are in a position to build a counterhegemonic practice that mirrors the embryonic values and institutions of the future socialist society, while living within the existing capitalist, patriarchal and racist social order.”
“politics without economics is symbol without substance”
Spread good vibes and good info.
If anyone wants 3.9 points (= 3 books you can mooch), send me a message, you can donate your points to anyone.
Nice, I still have 3.9 points!
Help out the tightshift coop get to their fundraising goal.
“Tightshift Laboring Cooperative’s mission is to model a just, equitable economy, where workers profit from their labor through cooperative ownership.”
Brixton Pound presents Accidental Anarchist | Friday Film Club @ The Brixton Pound Cafe - Friday, April 20, 2018 at Brixton Pound Cafe, London, England.
Accidental Anarchist is a gripping documentary charting a British diplomat’s unexpected journey from Whitehall’s corridors of power to northern Syria, where in a frontline in the war against ISIS a new model of democracy is being pioneered.
The bankruptcy declaration of Mondragón Corporation's major subsidiary, Fagor Electrodomésticos Group, illustrates the need for large-scale cooperatives to go beyond competition in the existing economic system and begin to address system design.
Interesting read about some of the issues faced at the system level as cooperatives get large and embedded in global markets. As experienced by Mondragon.
US friends – just so you know:
it is bullshit and illegal under federal law for electronics manufacturers to put “Warranty Void if Removed” stickers on their gadgets, and it’s also illegal for companies to void your warranty if you fix your device yourself or via a third party
Goal: turn the Barbican in London into a permanent autonomous zone.
Goal completed so far: 0.01% (had idea)
#london #barbican #paz