A Cooperative Economy: The Time is Now

Authors: Carmen Llanes, Green For All Fellow, Class 4 National news and political debates today are full of reasons why the "mainstream" way of American life is in big trouble. Many people are less interested in the national picture because real solutions seem so few and far between. Where is an inspiring story of victory? As it turns out, little victories are happening now. When it comes to the economy, solutions can come locally, and they don’t always make the news. We can pull ourselves out of this mess, but we have to reach close. We must grab each other at arms length and start supporting our own communities on a business level. There, we may find more solutions than we ever expected. In fact, much of our recession can be attributed to the lack of input from workers and small businesses. Our economy has been at the mercy of too few hands over the last several decades. Now many folks are using whatever skill they have to get by in a world with fewer local jobs and many, many underemployed people. Those still clinging to jobs in corporations and bureaucracies find themselves in smaller staffs, tasks and responsibilities stacked higher up on employees whose com