Great articles from the Spring 2013 issue of YES! Magazine: How Cooperatives are Driving the New Economy. Plus featuring International Happiness Day.
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  Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions         March 2013 

The “Cooperative Economy” issue of YES! Magazine

  How Cooperatives are Driving the New Economy, the Spring 2013 issue of YES! Magazine



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Dear Reader,

Something’s off. The stock market may have hit record highs, but millions of Americans are out of work or stuck in low-wage jobs. Young people can’t pay for an education and the elderly can’t afford to retire. Our economic system is failing to deliver a decent standard of living.

Little wonder, then, that the spring issue of YES! Magazine on how cooperatives are driving a new economy is generating such excitement.

Co-ops aren’t new. What’s new are the opportunities we now have to expand the reach of the cooperative economy:
  • Unions are joining forces with Spain’s successful Mondragon Cooperatives to bring the model to the United States.
  • Communities looking for alternatives to expensive, for-profit health insurance are forming health care cooperatives.
  • Thousands who “moved their money” from Wall Street banks to credit unions now have a say in how that money is loaned and invested.
  • Consumers looking for ways to increase prosperity for small-scale producers are turning to cooperatives like Equal Exchange.
Instead of making more money for those who are already wealthy, cooperatives offer everyone ownership of an economy that benefits all life.

See for yourself what the buzz is about by taking a peek inside the issue. If you’re already a subscriber, thank you. Did you know that you can buy copies of this issue in bulk? Just $3 each for five or more copies.

Sarah van GelderBest,
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Sarah van Gelder
Executive Editor, YES! Magazine

  Tools to Build the Cooperative Economy  

Wages Co-Op6 Ways to Fuel the Cooperative Takeover
by Sven Eberlein

In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, businesses, products, and services that benefit people, communities, and the planet—instead of a few megabanks and billionaires—have been in higher demand.

From now on, the global mantra for filling market gaps and new demands is going to be, “There’s a co-op for that.”~ But co-ops—like any kind of business—need customers, money, training, political support, and help from their communities. How do we shift from business as usual to the work of cooperation?


  Also from the Cooperative Economy issue of YES! Magazine …  

Ken Vallee of Sole Food Street Farms. Photo by Michael Ableman.Credit Unions Put Your Money to Work—Right Where You Live
by Colleen Kimmet

The first credit union in North America was established in 1901 in Quebec, by Alphonse Desjardin, a reporter who founded the Caisse Populaire after learning of a Montrealer who was ordered to pay nearly $5,000 interest on a $150 loan. Immigrants from Quebec to New Hampshire brought the model to the States when they founded La Caisse Populaire, Ste-Marie (now St. Mary’s Bank) in 1908.

One hundred years later, credit unions are experiencing a surge in popularity, as people resist paying exorbitant fees to the very megabanks that were at the center of the 2008 economic meltdown.

Vancity is the largest credit union in Canada, with close to half a million members. The cooperative was established in 1946 by 14 Vancouverites who wanted to build an inclusive, community-based credit union that any resident of the city could join.


The Affordable Care Act hopes to drive expansion of health care co-ops.

Doctor photo courtesy of Mercy Health
Don’t Like Your Health Insurance? Make Your Own
by Nina Rogozen

Millions of Americans lack adequate health care, using emergency rooms as a costly alternative or getting no care at all. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), often called “Obamacare,” opened the door for an affordable option. The December 31, 2012 deal between Congress and the administration that avoided the so-called “fiscal cliff” has, at least for the moment, closed that door for 26 states.


  What’s New Online  

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Research on the Politics of Meditation Points to Deeper Truths
by Richard Schiffman

Psychologists recently conducted a study that found that meditation may make you more liberal, at least in the short-term. Richard Schiffman argues that the politics of true spirituality are more about balance than support for any one side.
Teaching Emotions: A Different Approach to Ending School Violence
by Katherine Gustafson

A growing network of programs is teaching kids how to understand and express their emotions. Among their results: decreased aggression and violence.
No More Steubenvilles: How To Raise Boys to be Kind Men
by Kim Simon

What can we do to help young men respect women, recognize consent, and have healthy sexual relationships? Teach them kindness to others—and the courage to go against the crowd.
Three Tactics for a Stronger Climate Movement
by Melanie Jae Martin

In January, the Sierra Club reversed a 121-year-old ban on civil disobedience to reflect the urgency of climate change. How should more radical groups respond?

  Did you miss…  

YES! Email Newsletter archive Audience Favorites:

:: Why You Don’t Frack With John Lennon’s Farm
When fracking hits close to home, Mark Ruffalo, Debra Winger, Yoko Ono, and other big names find common ground with small towns.

:: Why Unions Are Going Into the Co-op Business
The steelworkers deal that could turn the rust belt green.

:: How Workers Laid Off from a Chicago Factory Took It Over Themselves
When their boss tried to fire them, the workers of Republic Windows and Doors occupied the factory. Now they own it as a cooperative.

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  Happiness Day  

Kids in Ice Field photo by John CorveraDon’t Laugh: The UN’s First International Happiness Day is Serious Business
by Frances Moore Lappé

How countries and cities around the world, from Bhutan to Boston, are measuring well-being beyond GDP.

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by Catherine O'Brien

Discover natural highs, map your interdependence, and other ways to discover joy within your reach.

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  Web Picks  

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New Film Calls Worker-Owned Cooperatives “Next American Revolution”

Gar Alperovitz’s film points to worker-owned cooperatives as a growing alternative to traditional capitalism and socialism.


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What Does “Mind-blowing” Wealth Inequality Look Like? Watch This Video

Statistics about how much wealth is possessed by different groups of people can be hard to wrap your mind around. This video makes it visual—and the picture isn’t pretty.

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