The Emilia-Romagna region in Northern Italy is one of the richest in Europe, known for its high-end car manufacturing. While Emilia-Romagna is one of the most economically successful regions in Europe, it is also one of the most cooperative regions in the world. Nearly two of every three of its 4.5 million citizens are members of a cooperative. Cooperatives support around 30% of the region’s GDP, making it a stellar example of a large-scale cooperative economy. As with Mondragon Cooperative Corporation in Spain, the cooperative economy is strongly bolstered by networked relationships which also make cooperatives more resilient in economic crises. Learn more by watching the prezi below.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mira Luna is a long time social and environmental justice activist, community organizer and journalist, working to develop an alternative economy. She co-founded Bay Area Community Exchange, a regional open
Mira Luna is a long time social and environmental justice activist, community organizer and journalist, working to develop an alternative economy. She co-founded Bay Area Community Exchange, a regional open source timebank, the San Francisco Really Really Free Market and JASecon, and has served on the boards of the Board of the San Francisco Community Land Trust and the Chiapas Support Committee and currently serves on the boards of the US Solidarity Economy Network, and Data Commons Cooperative. She coordinated the Bay Area Participatory Budgeting Tour, the first Homestead Skillshare Festival in San Francisco, the Festival of Grassroots Economics in Oakland, and volunteered for the Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives. As a certified bodyworker, she had been involved with several low cost or free community healing clinics. She was program coordinator and adjunct faculty for New College's Activism and Social Change program after graduating from its Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Community program with an emphasis in Activism and Social Change. She also completed a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon. In a previous life, Mira successfully fought a national nuclear waste dump in Texas (her home state) as a community organizer and then state legislative analyst and helped pass legislation in San Francisco to implement the Precautionary Principle and Sweatfree purchasing. Having studied ecological agriculture and permaculture, she volunteered with community gardening organizations in CA and Mexico. She now believes change starts in your community from the bottom up, in collaboration.