News

23
Oct

Four new women’s co-operative projects open in Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (Rojava)

  The latest article to be reposted on our Co-operation in Mesopotamia website is a report into several new co-operative projects that have been established in the region. This article was originally published by ANF English on 15 October 2018 and reposted on Co-operation in Mesopotamia’s website on 22 October 2018.   Several new women’s co-operative projects have opened in

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8
Oct

Argentine co-op movement develops free app for social & solidarity economy

  This article was originally published by Anca Voinea in the Co-op News Co-ops in Argentina can now connect with customers and other social and solidarity economy businesses through a free app.   ESSApp, developed by open software co-operative GCOOP, maps co-operatives across the country. Under the motto “connecting solidarity”, it enables people to search for co-op providers of goods

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3
Oct

SEA welcomes Tim Berners-Lee’s ‘radical new plan to upend the World Wide Web’

  Fast Company reported exclusively this week on the launch of Inrupt, a new company that aims to take power from tech giants like Google and Facebook and put it back into our hands   For some time now, Sir Tim Berners-Lee – the father of the World Wide Web – has been leading a team working on a technology

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13
Sep

Seven ways to build the solidarity economy

This article was first published in openDemocracy. Author Emily Kawano is a founder of the US Solidarity Economy Network. She served on the RIPESS (the Intercontinental Social Solidarity Economy Network) board for eight years, and co-directs Wellspring Cooperative. She has a PhD in economics from UMass, Amherst where she joined the Center for Popular Economics and served as director for nine

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30
Aug

New insights into history of UK worker co-op movement revealed thanks to successful project

New insights into the history of the UK’s worker co-op movement have been revealed thanks to a project from the National Co-operative Archive in Manchester. The year-long project aimed to collate material relating to workers’ co-ops of the 1970s and 1990s – a particularly interesting time in the co-op movement’s development – and make it accessible to a wide audience

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28
Aug

We’ve got a new home – at Makespace Oxford

We’re excited to announce that SEA have moved premises, and we’re now based at the fantastic Makespace Oxford – a project exploring innovative ways of bringing empty and underused buildings in the city back into use as affordable community working and creative spaces.   We’ve spent the summer co-creating our new office space with our fellow tenants – from scrubbing

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27
Jun

Mapping the co-operative / solidarity economy: Our sessions at Open:2018

We’re pleased to say we’ll be attending Open:2018 again this year, and we’re looking forward to collaborating with a number of people on two sessions about our work to map the solidarity economy using Linked Open Data. The sessions will share the progress we’ve been making on this work since our presentation last year, and collaboratively explore how we’ll address

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11
Jun

Free workshops to help UK co-ops support Northern Syria’s transition to co-operative economy

We’re calling for UK co-ops to support Northern Syria’s transition to a feminist, co-operative economy — attend one of our Rojava Co-operative Solidarity workshops and find out how you can get involved.    The Rojava Revolution taking place in Northern Syria is transitioning the region into a gender equal, and democratic society, based on communes, co-operatives and citizen committees. The

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4
May

Co-op College members vote unanimously to support growth of co-operative economy in Northern Syria

  Members of the Co-operative College have voted unanimously in favour of a resolution, put forward by the Solidarity Economy Association at the College’s AGM, to support the growth of the co-operative economy in Rojava, Northern Syria.   Over the past five years, the co-operative movement in Northern Syria has seen unprecedented growth, from nothing to 3% of the economy, despite

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19
Apr

Paul Singer, economist and founder of Brazil’s Workers’ Party, dies aged 86

Paul Singer, Austrian economist and tireless promoter of the solidarity economy in Brazil, has died at home in Sao Paulo aged 86 after suffering an infection. Professor Singer, remembered by many Brazilians as one of the most brilliant intellectuals of his time, founded Brazil’s Workers’ Party (PT), has published several books on the solidarity economy, and is a reference for

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