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[Commentary] Co-op Currents: New survey reveals myths and perceptions about co-ops purpose

May 29, 2015 12:30 pm

[Commentary] Co-op Currents: New survey reveals myths and perceptions about co-ops

Most Americans don’t know what a co-op is. However, most of the Americans who do know what a co-op is tend to really like co-ops. These are the conclusions I’ve drawn from the first public opinion study of co-ops in more than a decade. This is really useful information for anyone who is spreading the […]
Co-op Currents: Workplace democracy at unions, co-ops, ESOPs, and staff collectives in Philadelphia people

Apr. 23, 2015 12:00 pm

Co-op Currents: Workplace democracy at unions, co-ops, ESOPs, and staff collectives in Philadelphia

As Philadelphia’s labor history shows, worker co-ops can be used as tools for transformation and liberation. Worker co-ops are businesses that are owned and democratically controlled by their workers on a one worker, one vote basis. Right now, we only have four worker co-ops in the city of Philadelphia, but our city’s history is full […]
[Commentary] Thinking outside the ballot box: exercising everyday democracy people

Mar. 23, 2015 12:30 pm

[Commentary] Thinking outside the ballot box: exercising everyday democracy

The next mayor is extremely eager to answer your questions right now. Candidates’ forums are happening throughout the spring leading up to the May 19 municipal primary. I’m particularly interested in the forums focusing on equitable development (April 1), arts, parks and recreation (April 22) and small business development and sustainability (April 25). Election season […]
Co-op Currents: The Hidden History of Interracial Co-op Organizing in Philadelphia purpose

Feb. 23, 2015 11:32 am

Co-op Currents: The Hidden History of Interracial Co-op Organizing in Philadelphia

Recently, Drexel University professor Dr. Andrew Zitcer and I embarked on a research project to uncover the largely unknown history of the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Federation, an association of 18 consumer food co-ops, many of them black-owned, which was active from roughly 1943 to 1952. It’s a fascinating history that still matters today. In honor […]
Co-op Currents: Possibilities for Co-ownership in the Sharing Economy people

Jan. 19, 2015 11:30 am

Co-op Currents: Possibilities for Co-ownership in the Sharing Economy

Who owns the cheerful, convenient apps and websites that allow us to hail taxis, rent strangers’ apartments, or borrow tools from neighbors, and what control comes with that ownership? The question of ownership in the sharing economy is looming large as these sharing platforms come of age. The sharing economy, if you’re not familiar with […]
Co-op Currents: How Co-ops are Committed to Meeting Community Needs people

Dec. 18, 2014 11:53 am

Co-op Currents: How Co-ops are Committed to Meeting Community Needs

Bottom Dollar Food’s store in Ambler, PA opened in October 2013 to great fanfare: The mayor of Ambler, Bud Wahl, gushed in a press release: “Right now, we don’t have a grocery store in Ambler…our community has been waiting for the store and could not be more excited.” Now, just one year later, Ambler will […]