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GRITtv Spotlights Cooperatives in the Month of July

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For the month of July, GRITtv will spotlight a few cooperatives that are growing an alternative economy. This week they are airing Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young of the documentary Shift Change which explores existing cooperatives in the U.S. 

“Cooperatives in the United States have existed more or less under the radar. Taking many forms: worker cooperatives, housing cooperatives, food cooperatives, are a reflection of what people can do when they band together. While not a cure all for our economically hard times, cooperatives may offer us a step in regaining some power, not only  in the workplace but also in the rest of our lives.

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Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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