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Dec 22, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The future of jobs, work, and workplaces is facing rampant transformation. One of the most visible changes has been the rising number of contract workers, who, according to the Freelancers’ Union, number 57.3 million people in the US. That’s 36 percent of all workers! If current trends continue, by 2027, contract workers will outnumber wage workers nationally.

These 57 million freelancers benefit from some aspects of on-demand arrangements, such as flexible schedules. But the negative consequences of the gig economy often overshadow the positives. Contract workers face fewer protections, low pay, lack of job security, and no benefits. For example, the Freelancers’ Union notes that 63 percent of contract workers have to dip into their savings at least once a month, compared to 20 percent of wage workers.

Amid this upheaval, platform cooperatives are emerging as a new type of enterprise. These startups build on the positive heritage of more than 100 years of cooperatives, with a deeply human-centered ethos, and leverage platform technology for scale and sustainability. Stakeholders—users, employees, and other members—govern the company and share in the success.

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Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: Gig economy, cooperatives, platform economy Comments: [comment_count]
Nov 1, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

What could you do with $1.7 billion in a city of around 200,000, where 33 percent of households live below the federal poverty line?

The city of Rochester, with Mayor Lovely Warren at the helm and supported by partners and allies across New York State and beyond, has hatched a plan to tap into at least that much to help level the economic playing field for Rochester’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods.

“It’s about being able to give employees an opportunity to have ownership and to build wealth within their own communities,” says Warren. The plan consists of supporting the creation or growth of cooperatively owned businesses located primarily in the city’s most distressed neighborhoods, collectively known as the Northern Crescent. Click here to read the rest of the story.

 

Topics: Technical Assistance Tags: Rochester, cooperatives, Northern Crescent, disadvantaged, poverty Comments: [comment_count]
Oct 27, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The Board of Directors of the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Doug O’Brien as NCBA CLUSA’s next president and chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2018, replacing Judy Ziewacz who will retire on December 31, 2017. Read full story here.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: NCBA, NCBA CLUSA, Doug O'Brien, Judy Ziewacz, National Cooperative Business Association Comments: [comment_count]
Oct 24, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

On September 19, 2017 the Rhode Island General Assembly passed Senator Donna Nesslebush’s Senate Bill 0676 Sub A and Representative Shelby Maldonado’s House Bill H6155, “Corporations, Associations, and Partnerships.” The bill will be signed officially by Governor Raimondo on October 25, 2017 at Fuerza Laboral in Central Falls.​  Heiny Maldonado and Raul Figueroa were in Indianapolis on Friday, 10/20 and shared the story of how they worked to get this bill passed.  Congratulations!

Topics: Success Story Tags: co-ops, cooiperatives, worker co-ops, Rhode Island Comments: [comment_count]
Oct 19, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

In recent years, NCBA CLUSA has estimated that there are about 40,000 cooperative businesses within the U.S. Now, new research from the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Center for Cooperatives (UWCC) has validated that number. The new report, coupled with anticipated federal data from the 2017 Economic Census, will put the U.S. at the forefront in national reporting on the cooperative sector.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: co-op, cooperative, economy, US economy Comments: [comment_count]

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