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Is it time for an Impact Hub in the Lehigh Valley?

by Tom Moroz Impact Hubs are part innovation lab, part business incubator, and part community center.  They offer their members a unique ecosystem of resources, inspiration, and collaboration opportunities to grow impact; they believe a better world evolves through the … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Arts & Culture, Building Community, Collaborative Efforts, Cooperatives, Social Justice |

We’re All In This Together

Why cooperation and service create more sustainable prosperity than competition and profit Having lived the harrowing tale of a fallen industrial giant, Bethlehem should know better than anywhere that the current “system” doesn’t work, economically or environmentally. Bethlehem Steel is … more

Posted in Building Community, Community – Empowerment, Cooperatives, Going Local vs. Globalization, Local Businesses |

Cooperatives

A cooperative is an organization that is owned by its members or workers. The principal types of cooperatives are: Buyer Cooperatives – where individuals unite to buy goods or services collectively [example: a food co-op such as Bethlehem Food Co-op] … more

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What Part Is Labor Playing in the Transition?

Working class. Ahhh. To someone steeped in the leftist lingo freely expressed in the New York City of the 1960s, with its peace, civil rights, labor, and leftist activism, it’s refreshing to hear such culturally repressed language out in the … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Agriculture, Building Community, Cooperatives, Corporate Personhood, Economic Justice, Going Local vs. Globalization, Local Businesses, Social Justice, Transitions, Workers' Rights |

The Sun

Summer vacation with the family in Vermont. Rainy morning. Aha! Monopoly! I decide to teach my two girls – Hannah (7) and Dhara (5)—how to play. I figure it’s best for them to learn by playing. First they pick their … more

Posted in Banking & Financial, Cooperatives, Economic Justice, Schools & Learning |

Big Changes in Fair Trade! [UPDATED]

As of December 31, 2011, Fair Trade USA (formerly TransfairUSA) has dropped out of the World FairTrade Organization and lowered their standards to the point where it will hurt small growers—as well as many small, independent shops here in the … more

Posted in Community – Empowerment, Cooperatives, Economic Justice, Economy, Business, & Money, Fair Trade vs. Free Trade, Sustainable Growing |

Support Authentic Fair Trade

Join with Us to Support Authentic Fair Trade by Phyllis Robinson – Small Farmers, Big Change, January 7, 2012 Deep controversies in the Fair Trade movement have been simmering over the past decade. Today, the situation has reached a boiling … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Cooperatives, Economic Justice, Economy, Business, & Money, Fair Trade vs. Free Trade, Sustainability & Business, Workers' Rights |