Inspiring our Work: A Few Interesting Reads

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The Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives, started its first bakery over 20 years ago, and how has five locations in the Bay Area. All are worker owned. Photo credit:


Here's a few articles that are inspiring our work and the research we need to reinvent economic systems.

We'd like YOU to contribute to this monthly feature. We'll share some of what we're reading and finding interesting but if you read (or write) an article you'd like to share on Next Legal please send the link to me!

Cottage Food Industry May Get Boost From Bill
From The San Francisco Chronicle By Jonathan Kauffman

Discussion of a newly introduced California homemade food act that would permit the sale of home-cooked meals directly to consumers. But how should new legislation be tailored to ensure tech companies don't corner the market?

Cooperative California Cities and the “New Economy”: Learning From History, Starting from Success
From CoLab Radio by

The “New Economy” label is used by a rising generation seeking to promote economic democracy, and build an economy which achieves the three e’s of the famed “urban planner’s triangle”: environmental sustainability, social equity, and economic development. Have have communities in California learned from the past to develop new worker cooperatives and other forms of economic democracy?

The Future of Nonprofit Leadership: Worker Self-directed Organizations
From The Nonprofit Quarterly by The Law Center's Simon Mont

This “Voices from the Field” explores the potential advantages of shifting from a traditional leadership model focused on one person or a small cadre to one where authority is shared among all who do the work, and proposes a specific model of worker self-directed nonprofits developed by Sustainable Economies Law Center.