LA Ecovillage

Self-Reliance in an Urban Homestead

Kirsten Dirksen

In urban Los Angeles, about 3 miles west of downtown, 500 people live on 11 acres where priority is given to bicycles, fruit trees, greywater, veggie gardens, clotheslines, compost, shared spaces (tool shop, art space, bike shop), micro-businesses, on-site natural food coop and chickens.

The Los Angeles Ecovillage was launched over 2 decades ago when its founders looked to the neighborhood for inspiration. “The way in which we think about making an urban ecovillage, we have to ask ourselves the questions, ‘what are the problems in your neighborhood with air, soil and water'”, explains co-founder Lois Arkin. “And for us, in the beginning, it was discovering that the children in our neighborhood had 20% less lung capacity than children in other neighborhoods. So what could we do, we could stop driving.”

Filmed by Johnny Sanphillippo

Visit the LA Ecovillage website


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Community Justice: Alliances for Action

16th Annual Local to Global Justice Forum and Festival

February 24 – 26, 2017

Mark your calendars and join us for speakers, panels, workshops and hands-on exhibits as well as activities for children and youth, musical performances, and tabling from over 40 community groups!

 What if it rains?

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Self-Empowerment Through Cooperative Enterprise

Two Examples of Cooperative Business in Rural Latin America
Samantha Greiff

[Editor’s note: below are two short videos that profile rural cooperative enterprises in Latin America: a dairy cooperative in Ecuador and a weaving cooperative in Chiapas, Mexico.]



Salinerito is a Social and Solidarity Economy Ecuadorian brand that represents cooperative companies from the Andean mountain village of Salinas de Guaranda. It is, in effect, a center of entrepreneurship that offers high quality products, locally and ethically sourced. Collectivism and local activities are the main focus.

Visit the Salinerito website

Flores de Chiapas

Estamos orgullosos de presentar Flores de Chiapas, una cooperativa de mujeres fundada y apoyada por Yo’on Ixim

Yo’on Ixim es una organización no lucrativa Mexicana que trabaja con familias Mayas Tzotziles de los Altos de Chiapas. Nuestra misión en la cooperativa de artesanas Flores de Chiapas es trabajar con mujeres que viven en pobreza extrema en el desarrollo de las empresas equitativas y democráticas que les brinde a las las mujeres la oportunidad de trabajar por salarios justos, aprender nuevas habilidades técnicas, y desarrollar la capacidad de dirigir un negocio.

[We are proud to present Flowers of Chiapas, a women’s cooperative founded and supported by Yo’onIxim.

Yo’on Ixim is a nonprofit organization that works with Mexican families Tzotzil Maya of highland Chiapas.Our mission in cooperative is to work with women living in extreme poverty in the development ofequitable and democratic businesses that provide the women a chance to work for fair wages, learn new technical skills, and develop the ability to run a business.]

Visit the Yo’on Ixim website

October is National Co-op Month

October is  National Co-op Month and has been celebrated every year in the U.S. for over 50 years. This is a time to learn about local Co-ops and educate others about the value and benefits of belonging to a Co-op.

The theme for the 2016 National Cooperative Month in October is “Cooperatives Build,” which cooperatives are urged to reflect in their communications and outreach activities. The theme can be used on its own, or extended with sub-themes, such as: Cooperatives Build Trust; Cooperatives Build Communities; Cooperatives Build Jobs; Cooperatives Build a Better World.



…we made it out of the typical system and you can never go back after that…

That’s a quote from the movie I encourage you to watch! Like I asked in previous posts: are we ready to do the work? Yes, it seems a lot of work but how important is it to us to live lives that are authentic and self-directed. Are we really so numbed out and lethargic that the choice of a lesser life with a form of “shadow career” is more appealing to us? All of us have a lot of challenges we share and economically most of us are in the same boat. So what options do you see? How are you doing it: make a living and live your purpose?

Arizona needs a cooperative movement and the hardest is to get it started. Come join us in any capacity and make ever easier for the ones that will undoubtedly join us once we get it going and show some success. We are diligently working on setting up the Arizona Cooperative Initiative in such a way that we can help the development of cooperatives in AZ. We have lots of highly rewarding challenges: funding the AZ cooperative development, working with the legislator to establish statues for AZ, creating working, living examples, educate as many people about the exciting possibilities of all forms of coops and much more… Watch this movie to learn more about what people are doing all over the US:

This video was originally written by Laura Flanders of GRITv for the YES magazine. Click here to read the whole article on cooperative development in the US supported by GRITv and TESA.

Please contact us if you have ANY interest to learn more, help our small team to get bigger, some idea about opening a coop in AZ or for any other reason. Let’s work together to bring the change we seek down into our daily work!

Are we ready for action?

Co-operatives are one of the world’s best kept secrets.

I think the slight error here is that the >>monetary and “economic” system<< is not the cause but the expression of our collective attitude toward each other. If it would be the cause than we probably would already have done something about it considering how many of us have suffered from it for such a long time.

The pathology is that we use each other as a means to an end… employers do that with their employees and employees do the same with their employers. 

We can use the current economic system for good if we collectively choose to and engage in a form of compassionate economy that voluntarily follows different rules right in the middle of the old.

Here is a little example of what’s i.e. changing U.K.:

AZ are you ready for a cooperative movement? Are we ready to stand with each other not against anything but for a humanity that lives the interconnectedness that we now more and more understand?

Can we go from talking to action? 

The Third Industrial Revolution

Join Jeremy Rifkin as he describes how the five-pillars of the Third Industrial Revolution will create thousands of businesses and millions of jobs, and usher in a fundamental reordering of human relationships, from hierarchical to lateral power, that will impact the way we conduct business, govern society, educate our children, and engage in civic life.