I remember MEC locking out its members from a vote intended to cease selling goods made by an Irsaeli military contractor.
It became clear to me then, that MEC aren't interested in democracy and simply weren't a solidarity enterprise. For that reason, I never considered them part of the cooperative movement. This recent sale to a private firm only confirms this.
Details about the MEC sale and member response:
Black Farm #Cooperatives webinar 9/23
And now it's working again. 🤷♂️
Unit IV of "How to Create a Solidarity Enterprise" is now available:
Looks like the membership is not happy about this:
If your "co-op" can be sold to private equity without a vote of the membership, it wasn't actually a co-op.
us/uk pol Assange
The new tactic from the prosecution is that publishers can (and should) be charged under the Espionage Act for publishing classified material 😕
The GEO Weekly Newsletter is out:
Marcelo Vieta goes in-depth on Argentine worker-recuperated enterprises and Laird Schaub gives some pro-tips for working productively with proposals in large group meetings + a bunch of #cooperative goodness from around the web!
Things I hate about the "sharing economy"
The fact that "sharing economy" is used to refer to businesses that CHARGE FUCKING MONEY. Newsflash, "sharing" means you don't charge for it! Words mean things! Aaaargh! Whatever fucking hipster academic technologist came up with this terminology deserves...I dunno, something particularly unpleasant.
Last year a record number of mobile home communities (often known as "trailer parks") converted into resident owned cooperatives.
Not a single resident owned cooperatives has ever gone insolvent and research shows the model can provide many benefits.
Not providing/removing power user features because "most users won't need it" is having causality *backwards*. Power user features are a space for your users to grow better in using your software (and more invested in it). Your users will never grow if you don't give them space in which to do so.
bad takes on birdsite
One more reason to despise Paul Krugman (as if I needed another):
Corporations love to talk about empowering people of colour, while crushing their attempts to unionise.
Unionisation reduces racist sentiments, but the elites prefer cosmetic changes that blame the workers.
New article: "Corporations love minorities – unless we try to unionise" on Mutual Interest, a free online media #coop owned by readers & writers.
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Local Villagers Just Waiting Around For American Volunteers To Leave So They Can Rebuild School Correctly https://www.theonion.com/local-villagers-just-waiting-around-for-american-volunt-1844942213 #vol56issue36 #volunteering
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