Cooperatives and mutual aid initiatives offer solutions to social and economic needs that aren’t being met. Exploitation of human rights, communities, and Mother Earth are common in our current economic system. We need democratic participation, circulation of wealth within our community, and a shared value system.
Cooperative Journal is a resource to cultivate inspiration and illuminate alternative economic systems around the world. The intention of sharing the stories of these little known, but important models is to serve as a template for the infinite possibilities that are available to us if we work collectively. By increasing the visibility of cooperatives and mutual aid initiatives, more people can support or join and established or aspiring cooperatives can network with others.
We are not merely a cog in the wheel, we are the wheel. Collectively we have the power to transition from:
•The benefit of a few to the benefit of all
•Working against nature to being in harmony
•Automation to valuing human capacity
•Injustice to equity
•Scarcity to abundance
•Deception to transparency
•Surviving to thriving
We must learn from our past, awaken in the present, and lead the future with love, trust, and solidarity.
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