December 12th, 2010
This posting falls under the heading of better late than never, but the Fund for Democratic Communities gave our presentation at the US Social Forum in July rave reviews. Here’s an excerpt:
One very beautiful feature of C2BE’s work is the type of cooperation between businesses that it inspires. While we toured the Willis Avenue area, I went into the Spiral Coop, a joint business of three African American women comprised of a book store, an art gallery and a fragrances and notions gift shop. When I asked them if they were friends with the Avalon International Bakery down the street they beamed and shared that Avalon had loaned them the money that they needed to get their building on the corner ready for use. The thought that one successful business might loan money to a start-up which would have had difficulty borrowing from a bank in this tight money market was an eye-opener to me. The reason for the loan isn’t just the altruistic desire to help someone; Avalon recognizes that every successful business on their block enhances their own business possibilities. With the encouragement of C2BE to which the Avalon owners belong, the businesses on that block have shared community celebrations that bring more business to the area. It is a synergy that has produced a vibrant and healthy place in Detroit’s largely bleak landscape. Because it is a replicable model, we can look to see a lot of other people in and out of Detroit learning from it.
July 8th, 2010
C2BE Advisory Board member Jackie Victor of Avalon International Breads just had an op-ed published in the Detroit News on the how the US Social Forum turned out. Suffice it to say she was pretty upbeat.
May 20th, 2010
Our friend Kim Hodges of the Michigan Alliance of Timebanks was interviewed for an article in today’s C&G papers on timebanking in the metro Detroit region.
May 9th, 2010
The Detroit Free Press ran a very favorable story about the withDetroit launch project in today’s edition. It includes a nice photo of several of the players in the effort in front of the former Zeitgeist gallery, which is the target of the project.
May 8th, 2010
Phillip Cooley has been a regular feature in local media over the last few years, and this time it’s the Detroit News who has profiled him. His comments in the article reflect C2BE’s philosophy and the spirit behind withDetroit very well.
Former model uses success of Slows Bar BQ to help rebuild Detroit – Yahoo! News.
February 14th, 2010
The Evergreen Cooperative project in Cleveland, which C2BE has been following with great enthusiasm as a potential model for Detroit, has just gotten a swath of national publicity. First, The Nation has published The Cleveland Model in their March 1 issue. The article profiles the Evergreen Cooperative Laundry, an innovative new employee owned company which uses green technologies, but also discusses the solar and greenhouse operations that are in development. The article also namechecks our friends at the Mondragon Cooperative Corporation. Most excitingly, they present the employee-owned model as a broad strategy for kickstarting the American economy. Second, Business Week has just posted Buying Local on a Large Scale, which features Cleveland in the context of local sourcing of expenditures by large businesses.
Congratulations to both the Evergreen Cooperative for breaking into the national news, and to The Nation and Business Week for reporting on such an important project.
January 17th, 2010
In the aftermath of our CBE Week series, the United Steelworkers reached an agreement with Mondragon in October to begin collaborating on the creation of industrial cooperatives in the US. This is a huge milestone in union involvement with worker ownership in the US, as well as an unprecedented step by Mondragon in attempting to expand their cooperative practices outside of Spain.
January 17th, 2010
Last week The New York Times published an article profiling a few businesses which had started recently in the Cass Corridor, and the beginning virtuous cycle they may represent. While there’s always activity around Wayne State, the clustering of businesses in this particular area could definitely help rev things up.
January 17th, 2010
Back in September, C2BE hosted a series of speaking events around Detroit featuring Mikel Lezamiz of the Mondragon Cooperative Corporation of Spain, the largest cooperative corporation in the world. He presented the MCC as a model which could be followed in Detroit, describing how they went from having nothing in the aftermath of WWII to generating billions of Euros in sales per year, all owned by the workers in the company. We received some very good press coverage for the series of events, including: