Cooperation

Why Circle is the Core Group Process for Emerging Participatory Leadership

We are in charge of how we meet together. Chairs and tables do not have to be bolted to the floor in long rows facing a speaker's platform. The voice of upper management is not the only voice with...

Seeds of Land Return

How is our relationship with the land tied to our relationships with one another, and the possibility for cultivating strong and nurturing communities? This Land Return toolkit, developed by the Sustainable Economies Law Center, offers a unique perspective on...

How to Integrate Gift Circles into Any Community

Community: the Missing Ingredient to Happiness I first learned of Gift Economy in a geodesic dome in the gorgeous middle of nowhere, Utah at a Reality Sandwich retreat in 2009. Charles Eisenstein was there speaking, and the sparkle in his eye was...

Kwanzaa’s Seven Principles and the Community

Millions of people are celebrating Kwanzaa this week. Founded by Maulana Karenga in 1966, the holiday started out as a cultural celebration for African-Americans and a replacement for what were thought to be non-African affirming holidays such as Christmas....

A Call to Connection

The Common Good podcast is a conversation about the significance of place, eliminating economic isolation and the structure of belonging. This episode features the Abundant Community Conversation in November, 2022 in which Peter Block spoke with Jenn Hoos Rothberg, the...

What Does Community Development for Liberation Look Like?

This article, originally published in Nonprofit Quarterly, offers a peek into the tensions and hopes that leaders of national community development organizations grapple with daily, as well as the historical roots of thinking that have shaped their work.   Earlier this...

An Abolitionist Makes a Case for “No More Police”

The demand to “defund the police” asks politicians to go beyond platitudes and actually end the violence of policing, shifting resources in ways that promote the redistribution of wealth. The phrase “defund the police” entered mainstream consciousness during the historic 2020...

An Untold Story: Cooperative Economics and Civil Rights

"In your book, every famous name in Black America speaks out about co-ops. Why isn't this history better known?" asks Laura Flanders in her 2014 interview with researcher and author Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard. "Well that was my question, right?...

Oakland’s Understory Restaurant Prioritizes People and Community

For decades, neighbors, social scientists and city planners have recognized the critical role of "bumping places" - spots where meeting new and old friends is made natural and easy - for a healthy and vibrant communities. Bumping places are typically...

A Radically Different Take on Responsibility

In this week's feature, co-founder of Zingerman’s Delicatessen, anarchist philosopher and food writer Ari Weinzweig questions our habit of projecting responsibility outward for our lives, communities and society.   A Radically Different Take on Responsibility A small shift in beliefs that can...

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The Five Valued Experiences

For years, Tim Vogt and the crew Starfire Council of Greater Cincinnati have been working hard at turning their...