Cooperatives at Work (Future of Work) (Paperback)
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For too long, cooperatives have been considered marginal players in the global economy, and as unrealistic venues for the aspirations of new and experienced members of the labour force. This marginalization shows in business, municipal and legal discussions, and curricula, where cooperative structures are rarely mentioned, let alone presented as viable options.
Cooperatives at Work presents a range of success stories in employee ownership and worker owned-and-governed cooperatives. The authors further show how such firms embody important and highly contested ideals of democracy, shared equity, and social transformation. Throughout this volume, the authors present a range of practical lessons, strategies, and resources based on their pioneering, international research.
This latest volume in The Future of Work series has a strong ethical stream, consistent with yearnings for more inspired forms of business revealed in many public opinion polls. The book is future-oriented, using contemporary as well as historical examples to teach lessons that are not necessarily time-bound. It is essential for anyone seeking a window onto the future of cooperative entrepreneurial practice and grassroots democracy.
About the Author
George Cheney is Professor Emeritus of Communication, University of Colorado, USA, and an independent consultant Matt Noyes is a solidarity economy educator and organizer, Colorado Springs, USA Emi Do is food justice advocate, cooperative educator and organizer, Vancouver, Canada Marcelo Vieta is Associate Professor in the Adult Education and Community Development Program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada Joseba Azkarraga is Professor of Sociology, University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain Charlie Michel is Regional Food Systems Program Coordinator for Mission West Community Development Partners, Ronan, Montana, USA