This week, Jessica Gordon-Nembhard writes about how the first nationwide directory of worker co-ops - compiled by GEO and titled An Economy of Hope - sowed the seeds for what would eventually become the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives.

Then, Mike Hales writes about his experiences at this year's World Social Forum, which was held in Kathmandu, Nepal in February with the theme "Another World is Possible."


From “An Economy of Hope” to the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives

by Jessica Gordon-Nembhard
In 2000, GEO only found about 300 examples of worker ownership and democratic workplaces, many of them worker co-ops, in the US. Some of these democratic enterprises knew about each other, but most did not. The Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives (NOBAWC) had existed since 1994 and provided a model for local coalitions of worker co-ops and democratic workplaces, but there really were not any other local worker co-op networks yet.


Report from the World Social Forum 2024, Kathmandu

by Mike Hales
The big thing I brought home in my head and heart was the massive up-frontness of peasant (rural) life and survival, and marginality more broadly (for example, for low-caste peoples and for migrants). The huge majority of participants in this WSF were from the global South (specifically the Indian subcontinent) and ‘the other end’ of dynamics was powerfully present there, in contrast to what routinely presents itself in the global North.


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