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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, Voices of the Valley |

We’re All In This Together

by Trina Lacey-Flores 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. … more

Posted in Building Community, Community – Empowerment, Cooperatives, Going Local vs. Globalization, Local Businesses, Sustainable Living, Voices of the Valley |

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?

by Martin Boksenbaum 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 … more

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

The Sun

by Ken Burak 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 … more

Posted in Banking & Financial, Capitalism, Cooperatives, Economic Classes, Economic Justice, Education for Sustainability, Schools & Learning, Sustainability & Business, Voices of the Valley |

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 |

Sustainability Through Localization

by Gwen Colegrove and Cathy Frankenberg Change, Change, Oh Change, She Is A-Comin’! And what is driving this change? Why, the end of cheap oil. This means that our lifestyles will change. But, oh, so many of us hate change. … more

Posted in Cooperatives, CSA - Community Supported Ag, Decentralization, Demand Reduction, Economy, Business, & Money, Food for Health, Going Local vs. Globalization, Local Businesses, Local Currencies, Local energy generation, Local Food, Rethinking…, Sustainable Growing | Tagged

Community Land Trusts for Local Food Production

by Stephen Hoog — Down in North Carolina, around Chapel Hill in an area called the Triangle, there is a project that is going on which may be of interest to the people of the Lehigh Valley. In that area, … more

Posted in Community Land Trusts, Community Rights, Cooperatives, Farmland Preservation, Food, Food Distribution, Going Local vs. Globalization, Land Use, Local Businesses, Local Food, Voices of the Valley |