[S5 E05] New
In this episode of All Things Co-op, Cinar, Larry, and Kevin talk to Minsun Ji, a labor organizer and Co-op expert. They discuss what a platform cooperative is, how it differs from a corporate or capitalist platform, and its connection with the larger labor movement. Minsun also talks with the ATC guys about the growth of the social economy and cooperatives in Korea, and shares her take on the popular Netflix series Squid Game and what it reveals about the reality Korean workers are faced with today.
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About our guest: Minsun Ji (Ph.D.) is the founder/principal of a consulting company, Labor Coop Connection that provides popular education on labor and cooperative, coop incubation, and research on the social economy. She was a fellow of the Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy (ICDE) at New School (2019-2020) and was the director of the Center for New Directions in Politics and Public Policy Program in the political science department at the University of Colorado Denver. Also, she was the founder and the executive director of an immigrant worker center, El Centro Humanitario para los Trabajadores (Humanitarian Center for Workers) in Denver, Colorado, and was a labor union organizer. Her research focuses on global labor issues such as labor and worker cooperative movements, union-coops, and organizing strategies for platform workers.
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