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I still have some concerns about aligning with business unions, which have been historically transactional and anti-democratic in nature, but I also see some value in supporting this movement and, perhaps, restoring a more radical element to the labor movement.

A new video just dropped about ā€“ the story of how and are working together to build democracy in the workplace

an interesting discussion today about the failure of a union-coop car wash in LA. The success of converting from an "employee" mindset to that of a "worker-owner" involves more than signing incorporation papers. The support of a functional network of peers and developers along with the ideological engagement of the workers is essential, but not always present or automatic.

This quarter, NWCDC, my workplace, has been very fortunate to have five students working with us on a number of projects. One of them has been blogging as part of his coursework and his insights (including discussion about platform co-ops and social media) are available to anyone interested (I double-checked with him before posting this). Check out: outgrowingcapitalism.wordpress

The Rural Cooperator has an article about using co-ops to provide broadband internet access to upstate NY

I participated in a webinar yesterday about Modo car sharing based in Vancouver. The big hook for this consumer co-op is that they have developed their own software to managed the car sharing service (600 cars). They allow start-ups (under 5 cars) to use the software at no cost and then charge a maintenance fee (to cover the cost of development) for larger carsharing co-ops. You can listen to the webinar with a registration at

Observation: A difference between and is that the profitable sale of an company is a triumph for advocates of the former, but a tragedy for advocates of the latter.

Great resource on anti/post-capitalist & solidarity economy events coming up this year (via Richard Bartlett on ):

My summer course, Worker Cooperativeā€™s and Democratic Management has been approved for 2018! This will be the 5th iteration and I am as excited as ever!

I have often heard that a collective needs to remain small (under 40 people) to maintain its collective identity in practice. Has this been documented anywhere? What is the size limit for a collective (as opposed to a co-op) and how did that number get arrived at?

In addition to the winter solstice, today is the 173rd anniversary of the first day of operation for the Rochdale Society of Pioneers. They had barely Ā£20 of goods to sell. and were mocked by a crowd that had gathered on Toad Lane. When they discovered that they power company would not provide service (due to pressure from competing merchants), they used candles out of their inventory for light--a befitting action for the winter solstice.

"Intellectual property". The enclosure of ideas built upon the commons of all prior thought. What a ridiculous concept.

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Last week's home care co-op was a wonderful experience. It also offered some practical difficulties of building "scale" in the co-op model. Mao would have seen these difficulties as non-antagonistic contradictions. The difference in perspective from urban vs. rural and poor vs. wealthy communities were profound. Co-ops are a reflection of their local culture and the lived experiences of their members making replication difficult.

@tbeckett: could I get a copy of the set of bylaws for a sociocracy based co-op?

I am off the the 2nd annual national Home Care co-op conference in beautiful Sterling, VA. My main function will be to facilitate a lunch discussion about management in worker co-ops.

by way of introduction, I spent 26 years as a worker-owner at Union Cab of Madison and now help others create and improve their co-ops. I am involved with Sociocracy for All and am a founding member of the US Federation of Worker Co-ops and Democracy at Work Network (the worker co-op folks, not the academic circle). i have barely active blog on worker co-ops at

The co-op world can be very frustrating at times especially when running across people who really only see co-ops as a means to feel good about themselves being tyrants.

"To practice solidarity once in a while or simply at one's discretion is not enough to transform it into an authentic force or human value. It is a broken lever." Don Arizmendiarrieta