All posts by Heather Clore

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! www.eventbrite.com

 What if it rains?

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Self-Empowerment Through Cooperative Enterprise

Two Examples of Cooperative Business in Rural Latin America
MINCA Films
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

 

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.

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