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Dr. Race Mathews: Cooperatives, social equity, & participation

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A prolific writer on cooperatives and how they might contribute to improved economic life in Australia, Dr. Race Matthews has studied what we could learn from the phenomenal cooperatives at Mondragon in Spain, particularly in developing enterprises which enhance equity and participation. His recent research looks at the development of cooperatives in Australia, and how they might help advance health and sustainability in the economy. In addition to his many journal articles, Dr. Matthews has authored:

Jobs of Our Own: Building a Stakeholder Society: Alternatives to the Market and the State
Australia’s First Fabians: Middle-Class Radicals, Labour Activists and the Early Labour Movement


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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