From Truthout: "Work Should Adapt to Mothers"

Yesterday, Truthout published my* op-ed on how working mothers should stop trying to fit themselves into the inhuman mold created by traditional businesses. Instead, I believe democratic workplaces, such as worker cooperatives, offer an alternative to women: the chance to shape their work environment to their needs. You can read the article here: Work Should[…]

What Top-tier Firms Can Learn from Worker Co-ops

What do co-ops & top-tier professional firms have in common? They’re both more resilient, flexible, & accountable—but the firms still have a lot to learn from worker co-ops. A recent article in U.S. News and World Report highlights why we need more employee-owned businesses in the United States. The author makes interesting comparisons between top-tier[…]

Co-opoly: The Game of Cooperatives Goes Global

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Local Game Goes Global with Licensing Deals in Seven Countries NORTHAMPTON—The makers of Co-opoly: The Game of Cooperatives are hitting the international scene and are receiving much fanfare in the cooperative business world. The four person co-op behind the game, the Toolbox for Education and Social Action (TESA), has recently signed three[…]

Taking Democratic Education into Jails

As many of you know, TESA has been teaching a course at Greenfield Community College (GCC) called Creating a Cooperative Food Economy. What you probably don’t know is that GCC’s Food and Farm Program has been working with Franklin County Jail to receive grant funding to start an organic garden at the jail, and to[…]

Come to the Co-op Carnival 10/19

Join us at the first-ever Co-op Carnival, 10/19, 3-8pm at Food for Thought Books in Amherst! Enjoy delicious food, tasty drinks, an exciting raffle, amazing prizes, awesome music, and great conversation with cooperators from all over the Pioneer Valley. This family friendly event will have face painting and other carnival activities for kids to enjoy.[…]

Democratic Education for Anti-militarism

War Resisters League (WRL), one of the oldest and most prominent anti-war organizations in the United States, approached us this past summer about developing materials and a workshop for their 90th anniversary conference and their nascent anti-Tear Gas campaign. Thus was born “You Can’t Tear Us Apart: Tear Gas, Militarism, and Global/Local Solidarity,” a 90-minute[…]

Are You Ready for Co-op Month?

With Co-op Month just a couple weeks away, we’re in high gear planning events and working on new resources to celebrate and spread the word. We’re working with Food for Thought Books to on the Co-op Carnival, 10/19, 3-8pm at Food for Thought, which will feature a honk brass band and a folk string band,[…]

Co-cycle Returns!

Congratulations to our Co-cycle friends for making their way across the U.S. on bicycles, connecting with co-ops all along the way. On Saturday, August 24, Valley co-ops came out to celebrate at Green Fields Market in Greenfield. Four of our fellow VAWC members were there—Valley Green Feast, Simple Diaper & Linen, Broadfork Permaculture, and PV2—along[…]