Economic Update: Mass Media: the Critique

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On this week's Economic Update, Prof. Wolff provides updates on Maggie's Farm, John Lewis coop in UK, Trudeau on Castro, economics of immigration, Deutschland Bank and...

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The Full Participation Economy: Viable Models — Looking Abroad and in the US [Part III]

CT-_Full_Part._Econ..pngThis is Part III of a five-part series on worker-directed cooperatives as an autonomous community self-development tool.

Founded in 1956, the Mondragon worker cooperative, located in the Basque region of Spain, now employs over 75,000 people in 257 different businesses. Italy's Emilia Romana region has a high density of WSDEs due to favorable laws that support the formation of cooperative enterprises. And the United States has an increasing number of WSDEs, some of which date back to the 1970s.

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The Full Participation Economy: Social Exclusion [Part II]

CT-_Full_Part._Econ._copy.pngThis is Part II of a five-part series on worker-directed cooperatives as an autonomous community self-development tool.

The wealth disparity between those labeled "the one percent" and the remainder of the population continues to provoke anxiety and anger. At the same time African Americans struggle with an unemployment rate double the white rate across all educational levels and experience disproportionately high rates of State-sponsored violence.

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Do nonprofits need bosses?

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The democratic organization of nonprofits is both possible and, in many cases, more desirable for workers. So why is it so uncommon?

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The Full Participation Economy: Prison Workers, the American Worker and the Power of Cooperative Work [Part I]

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This is Part I of a five-part series on worker-directed cooperatives as an autonomous community self-development tool.

American workers and prison laborers are both trapped in oppressive systems, but non-incarcerated workers are increasingly opting out of conventional business structures to become worker-owners in Worker Self Directed Enterprises (WSDEs).

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