The Ujamaa Hour: Four Episode Pilot Webcast on Developing Solidarity Economy Initiatives in Black Communities

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In the fall of 2018, the Kola Nut Collaborative partnered with BRIJ Embassy for Black America in order to develop a commentary and interview segment broadcast within the online community, BEBA, which would deepen member awareness of several cooperative economic strategies employed within Black communities in historical and contemporary times. Below are the five initial segments produced during this partnership. Four …

Cooperation For Liberation Study & Working Group Forum Toolkit

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Having completed shared readings of “Collective Courage” and “Jackson Rising”, we are breaking from the Study Group to develop projects which have been proposed by the Working Group including a forum, zine, gallery, and web series. Over the course of 12 weeks, a core group of participants have endeavored to make deep study and exchange thoughts about Dr. Jessica Gordon …

Cooperation Chicago: Building Chicago’s Worker Cooperative Ecosystem

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“As worker cooperatives create living wage employment opportunities for low and moderate- income and marginalized workers, IWCA believes that fostering the growth of the worker cooperative ecosystem is the single most important thing that the City of Chicago, Cook County, and the State of Illinois can do to address worker exploitation and inequality, while promoting economic stability and community wealth …

People Powered Money: Designing, Developing & Delivering Community Currencies

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“In regionally diverse and digitally advanced economies – whether local, national or sectoral – there is no one-size-fits-all money. What is more, though money evolves along with social and technological changes, it must not be forgotten that people ultimately control its path. In towns, regions and online networks people have quietly been creating their own currencies for decades: testament to …

The New Wealth of Time: How Timebanking Helps People Build Better Public Services

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“Our public services remain largely focused on addressing needs once they have emerged. In essence, over the last 10 years due to increased funding in public service we have improved our capacity to ‘pull people out of the river’. This money has improved the lives of many people, but as financial resources are squeezed it becomes vital that we stop …