Podcast: Worker Co-op Development as a Key Solution to the Problems of Our Time

In this episode of Next Economy Now, Shawn Berry, partner and worker-owner at LIFT Economy, interviews Omar Freilla.

Freilla is the founder and coordinator for Green Worker Cooperatives in the South Bronx, which runs the Coop Academy to empower a new generation of small local businesses that are cooperatively owned and operated.

In this interview Berry and Freilla discuss:

  • Why co-ops are such powerful and deep solutions, socially, environmentally and economically.

  • Freilla's experience visiting the Mondragon Co-ops in Spain.

  • Common misconceptions about co-ops.

  • How the current political and economic climate make this work more important than ever.

  • New York City's groundbreaking funding and coalition for co-op development.

  • Successes and best practices from the Coop Academy.

If you only have two minutes, click here for a highlight from the interview.

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Next Economy Now highlights the leaders who are taking a regenerative, bio-regional, democratic, transparent, and whole-systems approach to solving social and environmental challenges. The goal of this podcast is to identify the trends, tips, and best practices that will help listeners better harness the power of business as a force for good.

Header image courtesy of Green Worker Cooperatives.