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Ed Whitfield on why the “teach a man to fish” parable is a “mean spirited lie.”

Ed Whitfield at reRoute 2013

Cross-posted from the Fund for Democratic Communities. Ed Whitfield spoke on the opening panel of the reRoute conference in Boston a few weeks ago. He used his “water holes and fishin’ poles” metaphor to discuss how the current economic system we operate within is fundamentally designed to prevent communities from developing their own wealth and […]

Strengthening African American communities through cooperative enterprises

At last year’s CoopEcon gathering, Jessica Gordon Nembhard offered a keynote address on the history of cooperatives within marginalized African American communities. Below are some links to papers she’s written on this subject. From “African American Cooperatives”: African Americans, as well as other people of color and low-income people, have benefitted greatly from cooperative ownership […]

Cooperatives Impact on U.S. Economy

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Cooperatives is an amazing resource for the coop movement in the United States. The chart below shows the impact that cooperatives have on the US economy. For more information, download the full report (pdf), Research on the Economic Impact of Cooperatives In 2006, the University of Wisconsin Center for […]