Podcast: Cooperative Models for Community-based Economic Development

In this episode of Next Economy Now, Shawn Berry, a partner and worker-owner at LIFT Economy, interviews Jessica Bonanno from the Democracy Collaborative and Adam Trott from the Valley Alliance of Worker Cooperatives (VAWC). The Democracy Collaborative has been doing important work around community wealth building, one of their most notable projects being the Evergreen Cooperatives in Cleveland, Ohio. The Valley Alliance of Worker Cooperatives (VAWC) is a cooperative of 8 worker-coops in Western Massachusetts created to serve their members and promote the development of the cooperative economy.

In this interview Berry, Bonanno, and Trott discuss:

  • Their personal stories bringing them into this work

  • Trends in cooperative development

  • Ownership as a pathway to community development

  • VAWC's inter-coop development fund

  • Evergreen Coops network of companies

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

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