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When the workers are the owners.

New Film Calls Worker-Owned Cooperatives “Next American Revolution” New Film Calls Worker-Owned Cooperatives “Next American Revolution”
by Kristin Hugo
Gar Alperovitz’s film points to worker-owned cooperatives as a growing alternative to traditional capitalism and socialism.
How Workers Laid Off from a Chicago Factory Took It Over Themselves How Workers Laid Off from a Chicago Factory Took It Over Themselves
by Laura Flanders
When their boss tried to fire them, the workers of Republic Windows and Doors occupied the factory. Now they own it as a cooperative.
Filmmakers: Cooperative Businesses Bring Democracy to the Workplace Filmmakers: Cooperative Businesses Bring Democracy to the Workplace
by Mark Karlin
In their new film, Shift Change, filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin take viewers on a worldwind tour of the cooperative economy.
 Just the Facts: What's So Good About Co-ops? Just the Facts: What's So Good About Co-ops?
Why support the co-ops in your community? The benefits might be further-reaching than you think.
The Economy: Under New Ownership The Economy: Under New Ownership
by Marjorie Kelly
How cooperatives are leading the way to empowered workers and healthy communities.
The Cooperative Way to a Stronger Economy The Cooperative Way to a Stronger Economy
by Sarah van Gelder
Co-ops—just like people—can get more done together than anyone can do alone. They come in many forms, and are more common than you might imagine.
What India Taught Me About How to End Hunger What India Taught Me About How to End Hunger
by Frances Moore Lappé
Back in the ’60s, Frances Moore Lappé realized that hunger is caused by a scarcity of democracy, not food. Then, a collective of courageous women farmers showed her how to change that.
3 Lessons for Appalachia’s Post-Coal Economy 3 Lessons for Appalachia’s Post-Coal Economy
by Brooke Jarvis
Appalachian residents are working to keep local and sustainable sources of wealth central in a post-coal economy.
Gar Alperovitz on Cooperative Economy: “I’ll Bet My Life on It” Gar Alperovitz on Cooperative Economy: “I’ll Bet My Life on It”
Gar Alperovitz was in Seattle for the annual meeting of the National Cooperative Business Association and spoke at Town Hall Seattle immediately following a live screening of the first presidential debate. YES! Magazine’s executive editor Sarah van Gelder introduced him.
A New Era of Worker Ownership? A New Era of Worker Ownership?
by Gar Alperovitz
All over the country, people—like the workers of Chicago’s New Era Windows—are building worker-owned cooperatives that root jobs in the communities that need them.
Homes That Survived the Crash Homes That Survived the Crash
by Sarah van Gelder
While Wall Street players used home finance to make mega-profits for the 1 percent, local banks and community land trusts got people into decent, secure, affordable homes.
Cheaper Together: How Neighbors Invest in Community Cheaper Together: How Neighbors Invest in Community
by Miriam Axel-Lute, John Emmeus Davis, Harold Simon
Cooperative financing and community land trusts keep rents affordable and homeownership within reach.
From Sitting In to Taking Over: A Worker-Owned Cooperative at Republic Windows and Doors From Sitting In to Taking Over: A Worker-Owned Cooperative at Republic Windows and Doors
by Yana Kunichoff
Once a symbol of worker mistreatment and the failures of the financial system, the famous Chicago factory may soon be run cooperatively by its workers.
The Rise of the New Economy Movement The Rise of the New Economy Movement
by Gar Alperovitz
There’s economic reform, and then there’s economic transformation. How entrepreneurs, activists, and theorists are laying the groundwork for a very different economy.
Can There Be “Good” Corporations? Can There Be “Good” Corporations?
by Marjorie Kelly
When companies are owned by workers and the community—instead of Wall Street financiers—everything changes.
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