Ever listened to NPR’s Marketplace and thought, “I wish there were a news show that wasn’t just about capitalism”? Ever wondered about the practical alternatives to capitalism in the United States? Ever wanted a different economic system, and thought “so what should do?”

In collaboration with the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives and the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance, Commonsplace is a source for news, analysis, and opinion on the cooperative economy in the United States. We have a twitter feed with a stream of daily news links and a podcast.

What is a cooperative, you ask?

According to the International Cooperative Alliance, a cooperative is

an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.

Cooperatives are based on

the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.

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