Great excerpt from a fascinating paper about the Danish labour movement and coops.

The decline of social democratic parties is too focused on policies and not enough on organising methods, and when it does, its focused too much on union and not enough on coop organising.

The key mistake we made was not starting new coops as new industries emerged when people started to diversify their consumption habits as they could afford more than just groceries from a coop store.

Nice! Colorado Solidarity Fund has made our second $25K investment in co-op development.

neat co-op software job alert 

a worker cooperative with a neat tech stack is looking for a full-stack dev with experience in Postgres and TypeScript. they run campaign tools Dems/progressives/unions/etc.

Happy independence day to !

Although its GDP per capita is $23k compared to $35k in the EU as a whole and $65k in the US, it has an amazing educational system.

In PISA scores, Estonian pupils are the best among OECD countries in reading and science, third in math.

Important call for experimentation from @democracypolicy:

Alternative Voting Methods | Democracy Policy Network -

A new in Finland called Tarjoomo, with 60 members (individuals and businesses) that provides care, wellness, cleaning, health and other services to elderly people.

Already the largest such online platform in eastern Finland!

If Democrats want to win over more non-college educated maybe talk about non-college education?

During the democratic primary debates college was mentioned 146 times. Apprenticeships were mentioned once (can anyone guess by who?).

This is despite union apprenticeships being shown to provide great results.

Non-college education disproportionally impacts the lives of the poor and ethnic minorities.

So why the obsession with colleges, universities and the Ivy League?

Instead of charity that is indistinguishable from capitalist firms, big and old should use the money to invest in small and new ones.

Instead of giving money away they would get a return, which would help the bottom line.

Instead of treating symptoms, it would foster structural change tackling the root causes.

If this resonates with you, consider joining Members For Cooperation - we organise within cooperatives to increase cooperation between cooperatives.

I just published a delightful conversation with @FreeScholar. She shares her experiences with @agaric, cooperativism, free software, and much more.

Listen and/or read here:


Video of the recent "Investing in Place Based Ownership" panel I helped organize:

Covers , , and .

How is everyone on ?! :)

I've seriously cut down my social media use these days, and the extent to which I am on social, I'm on Twitter (as my Irish co-op network hasn't made it over here).

But missing all the vibes that's for sure. Any big news in the last year?

Wishing everyone well.

🚨 This week I interviewed Ruth Carlow, Artistic Director at Furtherfield (@furtherfield on Twitter). We spoke about how art has evolved with the rise of the internet, Furtherfield’s recent artistic experiments with blockchain, and Ruth’s thoughts on NFTs.

Too often coops are seen primarily as a last resort to save what is dying - saving factories or local newspapers that are closing.

That's good, we should put at least as much focus on creating coops in fields that are in their infancy - apps, online shops, data economy, etc.

The Metsä Group coop, owned democratically by over 100 000 ordinary forest owners, will make the largest investment in the history of Finnish forestry industry to Kemi, a remote town in economic trouble. Forestry is the largest export industry in the country.

The coop produces 16% of Finlands renewable energy, more than anyone else.

Meanwhile the two other major forestry companies, both conventional capitalist firms, are outsourcing their operations abroad.

🚨 For this week’s interview I spoke with @mattcropp , Co-Exec Director of the Vermont Employee Ownership Center. We spoke about his experience using during , the politics of the bitcoin community then, and how coops could benefit from the use of blockchain.

Analysis of the decline of social democracy focuses too much on policies and not enough on organising methods.

The analysis of organising methods focuses too much on unions and not enough on the equally important role that cooperative and mutual businesses used to play.

The three pillars of Labour organising, that were most successfully implemented in the Nordic countries consisted of organising:

- Workers into unions
- Consumers into cooperatives
- Voters into social democratic parties

Have an old friend who had been annoying when drunk for a while, a sort of guy who turned friendly banter/roasting into mean and confrontative stuff.

Today he apologised to me. I had thought he was a mean guy, had not realised it was the sort of behaviour he felt regret/guilt/shame the morning after when sobering up.

Much respect for a man to talk to a man about his feelings and apologise like that. This guy is a former sergeant and it's not typical of him at all.

Made me feel very good!

People should hype Estonia more.

It's outperforming the Nordics on many key measurements of social well-being while having much lower per capita income.

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