When their boss tried to fire them, the workers of Republic Windows and Doors occupied the factory. Now they own it as a cooperative.
In their new film, Shift Change, filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin take viewers on a worldwind tour of the cooperative economy.
Why support the co-ops in your community? The benefits might be further-reaching than you think.
How cooperatives are leading the way to empowered workers and healthy communities.
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.
Appalachian residents are working to keep local and sustainable sources of wealth central in a post-coal economy.
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.
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.
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.
Cooperative financing and community land trusts keep rents affordable and homeownership within reach.
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.
There’s economic reform, and then there’s economic transformation. How entrepreneurs, activists, and theorists are laying the groundwork for a very different economy.
When companies are owned by workers and the community—instead of Wall Street financiers—everything changes.
How worker-owned businesses from Cleveland to Spain are nurturing life and jobs outside the corporate framework.
Gar Alperovitz: Why transformative change to the economic system is needed and how it might be accomplished.