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Being a business owner doesn't have to mean what most people think it means. Here's another way of doing things that's proving to be better than business as usual.


Instead of accepting the ridiculous idea that business has to be controlled by a few people who make all the decisions — and make most of the money — members of these communities built new cooperative businesses to meet local demand while serving the needs of their members. And the benefits are permeating throughout the community, making the local economy stronger and people's lives better.

Currently, there are 30,000 cooperatives in the U.S. Those businesses hold over $3 trillion in assets, generate over $650 billion in revenue, and employ nearly a million people. Worker cooperatives are the most equitable of all cooperative models, and they have the greatest potential for transforming the economy, particularly for low-income communities. But they're also some of the rarest in the country.

Thankfully, there are a lot of smart people working to develop — and even finance — cooperative businesses throughout the U.S. Here's a report that'll tell you all about it, including ways you can be a part of these exciting possibilities.

And just so you have a sense of the breadth of work that cooperatives are already doing, here are 16 examples of worker-owned cooperatives around the world.

MORE: 7 delightful posters that explain the 7 cooperative principles.

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Handmade cosmetics company Lush is putting its money where its mouth is and taking a bold step for climate change action.

On September 20 in the U.S. and September 27 in Canada, Lush will shut the doors of its 250 shops, e-commerce sites, manufacturing facilities, and headquarters for a day, in solidarity with the Global Climate Strike taking place around the world. Lush is encouraging its 5000+ employees "to join this critical movement and take a stand until global leaders are forced to face the climate crisis and enact change."

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Recent tragic mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton have sparked a lot of conversation and action on the state level over the issue of gun control. But none may be as encouraging as the most recent one, in which 145 CEOs signed a letter urging the U.S. Senate to take action at their level.

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The fine folks at Forbes are currently falling all over themselves trying to clean up the mess they created by publishing their 2019 list of 100 Most Innovative Leaders.

The problem: The list included 99 men and one woman. For those not so good with the math, that means according to Forbes, only 1% of the country's most innovative leaders are female.

Have you ever watched a movie that's so abysmally bad that you wonder how it ever even got made? Where you think, "Hundreds and hundreds of people had to have been directly involved in the production of this film. Did any of them ever think to say, 'Hey, maybe we should just scrap this idea altogether?"

That's how it feels to see a list like this. So how did Forbes come up with these results?

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There's something delicious and addicting about those trendy recipe videos circulating online. You've seen them before: the quick and beautiful play-by-plays of mouthwatering dishes you wish you were eating at this very moment.

The recipes seem so simple and magical and get you thinking, "Maybe I can make that five-cheese bacon lasagna tonight." And before you know it, you're at the store loading up on Colby-Monterey Jack (or is that just me?).

For some families, though, the ingredients and final product look a little different. As part of Hunger Action Month, the hunger-relief organization Feeding America is using our obsession with cooking videos to highlight the reality many food-insecure families face when they sit down for dinner: hunger, and no food in sight.

By putting a twist on the bite-sized food videos all over the internet, they hope to raise awareness that hunger is an unacceptable reality for too many families.

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