What do our soon-to-be newly-minted sustainable economies look like? Like Emilia Romagna, maybe? Emilia Romagna is the Cooperative Capital of the world.

They’ve been developing their decentralized, interdependent network of worker owned and operated enterprises, including 85% of the city’s social services, since the middle of the 19th century.

Employment in Italian cooperatives increased by 8 percent between 2007 and 2011. Let’s think about this, and take a closer look.


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16 thoughts on “Emilia Romagna

  • July 8, 2016 at 12:19 pm
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    Minus the cars, that’s for sure.




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  • July 8, 2016 at 12:30 pm
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    The world’s first University, in Bologna, was established in 1088.




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  • July 8, 2016 at 12:37 pm
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    We definitely want lots of pedestrian only piazzas with lots of outdoor cafe seating.




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  • July 8, 2016 at 12:50 pm
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    One Alton Sterling Memorial Flea Market in every major US city yo!




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    • July 9, 2016 at 5:18 am
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      Southern Reparations Loan Fund

      SRLF intends to mitigate the risk associated with lending to non-traditional borrowers by partnering businesses with close-at-hand technical support provided by proven coop business developers, who will work side-by-side with owners to provide help in such areas as market analysis, feasibility studies, financial projections, and business planning.

      In many cases, lending will occur in stages, between cycles of technical support designed to help coops move the next step of readiness to make productive use of loan funds.

      It is this conscious joining of technical assistance with lending that distinguishes the SRLF from many other coop or social enterprise loan funds.




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      • July 9, 2016 at 5:44 am
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        To make tax-deductible contributions, send a check to The Working World, and designate that the funds be credited to the Southern Reparations Loan Fund. Address is here:

         

        The Working World
        228 Park Avenue S #27395
        New York, New York 10003




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  • July 10, 2016 at 9:39 am
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    Italian workers in Romagna created 56 new coops through worker buyouts and saved 1200 jobs. Keyword = “conversions”.




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  • July 15, 2016 at 7:17 am
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    VIA Community-Wealth.org

    There are currently only 7,000 coop worker owners in the United States. But.

    1 out of 3 new US co-ops have been formed SINCE 2010 AND

    3 out of 5 of those new workers are people of color (60% Black, Latino or Asian) compared to 3 in 10 before 2010.

    2 out of 3 are female

    Quick, somebody plot that trajectory!

     




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  • July 15, 2016 at 7:23 am
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    Cooperative Growth Ecosystem: Inclusive Economic Development in Action

    US WORKER COOPS BY THE NUMBERS

    Est. Number of Worker Cooperatives 350 enterprises

    Est. Total Workforce 7,000 people

    Est. Total Revenue $367 million

    Median Revenue $282,480

    Median Number of Employees 10 people

    GROWTH & DEMOGRAPHIC TRENDS

    60% of worker co-ops have formed since 2000

    31% of worker co-ops have formed since 2010

    60% of new worker-owners since 2010 are people of color

    68% of total worker-owners are women




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  • July 15, 2016 at 7:37 am
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    If Median Revenue is $282.5K

    and

    Median Number of Employees = 10

    Median Income of Employees = $28.2K

    The Poverty Line in the US, for a family of 4, is $24.5 K.

    Not sure what a “family of 4” means. Presumably one Breadwinner, one Homemaker and two Kids.




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