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Not devils either. The point, as Marx once said, is not to judge and condemn but to understand. Mondragon remains a touchstone, but even touchstones rest on unstable ground.

sorry for my long absence from here--too many commitments, but some of that is easing off now. trying to catch up on all the different conversations. . . .

Bruce Mayer offers an update on the 2018 Tax Law and the 20% pass-through in terms of -ops an patronage refunds (it actually works for worker -ops).


One of the best parts of teaching a class on worker -ops is learning from the students. As we wrapped up the quarter last night, I got to learn about this hidden gem in the world: motion-twin.com/en/

It is a French worker co-op that has found a fair amount of success in an industry that doesn't really embrace collective ethos.

@Steve i also need to pick your brain. I am working with a conversion of an existing business that is unionized. They intend to maintain the union relationship after becoming a co-op, but there are some issues and questions. If you have time for a phone call, today or tomorrow, please let me know.

@Steve congratulations on the job! Feel free to reach out to me as a resource. I might do the same to you!

Who is going to the worker coop national conference in LA? I just just got my ticket punched today! It would be great to have a social.coop meetup

For your audio edification: Vernon Oakes talks with five @ROCUSAorg Association directors about the many benefits to residents of owning their . @EverythingCoop

Had my second meeting with a local media outlet whose founders are considering a as their exit plan! Both, who own 85% of the company, now seem actively interested in the idea. Next step is to convince the three younger managers, who each own 5%... :)

My post for this week begins a series about union-coops and the American Dream. It is from a couple of chapters of my first attempt at my dissertation. It should be seen as an exploration, not an exhortation.

I got my blog/site back up with new domain name (www.workersparadise.org). I hope to start posting more regularly in the future. I am thinking of using chapters from my first attempt at a dissertation as the meat for several posts, but as always, I welcome anyone who would like to post on the site on the topic of worker co-ops and worker control.

Hugely successful Labor Notes conference, about 3,000 "troublemakers" gathered to share experiences and ideas, network, build relationships, and get a big boost of inspiration (from the WVA teachers, among others). Our three worker coop sessions were well attended and the discussion was much further along than "what is a coop?" Thanks to Kali Akuno, Tim Schermerhorn, Jose Torres, Eric DIrnbach and others. Next one in 2020!

Really, asking "what should replace Facebook" is putting things the wrong way around.

A more interesting way to ask the question is, "what did Facebook replace."

People used to build their own websites. People used to have blogs. People used USENET which was truly distributed and un-censorable.

Facebook and Google took the open internet and open standards and monetized and made everything crappy. Enough of that. Nothing should replace Facebook, it's done, stick a fork in it.

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social.coop is a a coop-run corner of the fediverse, a cooperative and transparent approach to operating a social platform. We are currently closed to new memberships while we improve our internal processes and policies, and plan to re-open to new folks when that work is complete. [9/2/2018]