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The P6 Project Uses the Principles of Cooperatives to Promote Local Business

The P6 Project Uses the Principles of Cooperatives to Promote Local Business

This is a guest post by Erin Hancock of the Co-operative Management Education program at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. **** Graduates of “Cooperative MBA” work on P6 project to create equitable relationships between farms and retailers If you’re familiar with the principles of cooperative organizations, you may know that Principle Six isMore…

Buy, Eat, and Live Local With Help From BALLE’s New Toolkits

Buy, Eat, and Live Local With Help From BALLE’s New Toolkits

Whether it’s eating local, supporting worker-owned businesses, or taking money out of Wall Street banks, the “localist” movement is on the rise. While the dominance of mega-corporations like Wal-Mart and Amazon may seem complete, small businesses make up half of the U.S. GDP and create over three times as many jobs. The Business Alliance for Local LivingMore…

The Boat-to-Fork Movement Promotes Local and Sustainable Seafood

The Boat-to-Fork Movement Promotes Local and Sustainable Seafood

Many of us are familiar with the farm-to-table movement: we might shop at our neighborhood farmers market, or even subscribe to a CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) model as a way to support local farms. But what about other products, like seafood? Can we find ways to eat fish locally and sustainably? A network called Local CatchMore…

A New Game Called “Rise Up” Explores Cooperative Social Movements

A New Game Called “Rise Up” Explores Cooperative Social Movements

The Toolbox for Education and Social Action (TESA) is launching a Kickstarter for a new board game on September 27th. Called “Rise Up: The Game of People and Power,” the game is a great way to spend time with friends, while exploring social movements and learning to cooperate to achieve shared objectives. According to TESA, “The game weavesMore…

How This French Philosopher Inspired An Early Version of Cohousing

How This French Philosopher Inspired An Early Version of Cohousing

Although not as famous as some of his contemporaries, the French thinker Charles Fourier was one of the early visionaries of the intentional community movement. A utopian socialist, he proposed that society should be organized into Phalansteres, or “grand hotels,” each housing several hundred to several thousand people. At the peak of his popularity, heMore…

How These Co-op Bars Are Reinventing the Idea of a “Public House”

How These Co-op Bars Are Reinventing the Idea of a “Public House”

“Have a pint – change the world,” is the motto of the Oregon Public House, a co-operatively owned, non-profit bar in Portland, OR. According to co-founder Ryan Saari, the city has no shortage of non-profit charities, but these organizations expend a large part of their energy on fundraising. The Oregon Public House was created asMore…

Which stage is your tribe?

Which stage is your tribe?

Which stage is your tribe? It turns out that by listening to the way people speak to each other in working and social groups one can tell a great deal about their stage cultural of development. David Logan, a researcher and professor of management and leadership at USC, and co-founder and senior partner of consultingMore…

The Integral Center, LLC Give Up Control

“In a legally binding move, founders of The Integral Center, LLC have voluntarily relinquished their rights to control their company as owners. Instead they have ceded authority to a purpose-centered governance process called Holacracy, a model that distributes authority across the organization and gives primary power to the organization itself.” Read more: http://integralcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/IC-Holacracy-Legal-Ratification.pdf  

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network