31 episodes

Spotlighting stories of how people are collectivizing to meet their needs locally and globally beyond the extractive economic system.

Cooperative Journal Hosted by Ebony Joy

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Spotlighting stories of how people are collectivizing to meet their needs locally and globally beyond the extractive economic system.

    [31] Post Growth Institute: Offers & Needs Market

    [31] Post Growth Institute: Offers & Needs Market

    Post Growth Institute experiments with tangible practices, tools, and spaces to create a regenerative, full-circle economy beyond capitalism. Through their research, structure, and offerings they embody the ‘Post-growth’ worldview, which sees society operating better without the demand of constant economic growth. It resists an economy that is predicated on growth and depends on the over extraction of finite natural resources and human labor…instead we can create systems that put people and the planet over profit.
    I speak with Director of Education Crystal Arnold about mutual aid through the Offers and Needs Market, a space for community members to exchange their passions, knowledge, skills, resources, opportunities, and needs. She shares practices and ideology we need to evolve into a post-growth society, sliding scale vs. open ended pricing, dissolving class differences in the Offers and Needs Market, advice for being in reciprocity daily, the importance of facilitation skills to create spaces of belonging, asset based mapping as a tool for community resilience, and more!

    ResourcesOffers & Needs Markets
    Post Growth Institute Website
    Host Your Own Free Money Day
    Tools for Asset Based Community Mapping
    Crystal’s Podcast: Money Morphosis

    • 55 min
    [30] Mumbet's Freedom Farm: Black/Brown Led Cooperative Farm

    [30] Mumbet's Freedom Farm: Black/Brown Led Cooperative Farm

    Mumbet’s Freedom Farm is a Black and Brown-led cooperative farm located at the base of a mountain in Sheffield, Massachusetts. It is a community sanctuary for connection, creativity, education, and wellness. The name is in reverence to Elizabeth ‘Mumbet’ Freeman, who was an enslaved African nurse, midwife, and herbalist who sued for her freedom in Sheffield and won. The land is abundant with a flowing brook, natural spring, waterfalls, forest trails, and a diversity of natural life.
    In this episode I speak with worker-owner DeeArah Wright about their journey from the city towards collective rural land stewardship. We talk about the power of the land to heal trauma associated with Black land history, barriers they experienced when trying to purchase land, how they got into a mutual benefit, non-extractive land agreement, food and land as a source of liberation, benefits and challenges of cooperative farming, establishing local relationships to build financial security and community, holding space on the land for art, education, and play, their plans to create an ecosystem of homesteads and sanctuaries cooperatively owned, managed by Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color.

    Connect with Mumbet's Freedom FarmWebsite 
    Instagram

    • 1 hr 21 min
    [29] Okionu Birth Foundation: Free Postpartum Care

    [29] Okionu Birth Foundation: Free Postpartum Care

    Okionu Birth Foundation offers free personalized meals and group mental health support for low-income BIPOC families during the first six weeks after their baby is born. They collaborate with chefs and the Therapist of Color Collective to provide care in Colorado, Maryland, and Texas. While their free services are currently limited, they are developing an app for a nationwide support network. 
    In this episode I speak with founder Jacquelyn Clemmons about how they are prioritizing the mental health and overall wellbeing of BIPOC newborns and their parents. She shares their offerings for holistic and culturally relevant care, food as the foundation for wellbeing, Black maternal health disparities and how they are combating that through their partnership with Irth app (honors the voices of Black and brown woman giving them a platform to review prenatal, birthing, postpartum and pediatric care received from doctors and hospitals), negative effects lack of care has on child development, and stay tuned until the end to go on a multisensory journey into the future of Okionu birth centers.

    Okionu Birth Foundation Website
    Okionu Instagram
    Irth App
    Support Okionu on Open Collective Foundation

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    [28] A.I.R: Artist-Run Cooperative Gallery

    [28] A.I.R: Artist-Run Cooperative Gallery

    Established in 1972, A.I.R is the first artist cooperative gallery for women in the United States. They maintain an exhibition space in Brooklyn, NY and showcase the work of hundreds of women artists each year. They also offer ways for members to build a support network and engage with the community through public open calls, fellowships, workshops, lectures on feminism, and discussion groups. Their multi-media exhibitions have explored themes of identity politics, historical archives, fractals, the symbiotic relationship between our body and environment, and so much more.
    In this episode I speak with member Susan Stainman about how A.I.R has cultivated a space for women artists to be fully autonomous and given a platform in a male dominated industry. We speak about the history of female oppression in the United States, the lack of representation of women in the art world, benefits of membership like retaining majority of sales and camaraderie, how artist cooperatives can shift the centralization of wealth in the art industry that’s worth more than transportation and agriculture, and more wisdom.

    A.I.R Website
    A.I.R Instagram
    A.I.R Facebook

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    [27] Manyverse: Decentralized Social Network

    [27] Manyverse: Decentralized Social Network

    Manyverse is an open-source, decentralized social network. Rather than a company controlling data and communication, the user has complete ownership and responsibility. Their goal is to make social networking independent of internet connectivity, allowing for “off the grid” communication when disconnected from the internet. 
    In this episode I speak with founder Andre Staltz about transforming social networks into a method of communication and community, not a business. He shares why the interweb is dying, what it means to decolonize and demonetize social networking, dissolving hierarchy in social media platforms, how they receive financial support, and a new vision for the world wide web.
    Manyverse Website
    Open Collective Foundation page
    Learn About Local-first Software 
    Next Generation Internet - European Union Grant

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    • 52 min
    [26] Tariq El Nahl: Herbal Collective

    [26] Tariq El Nahl: Herbal Collective

    Tariq El Nahl translates from Arabic to Way of the Bees. They are an herbal collective based in Lebanon that formed after the explosion in the capital of Beirut in 2020. Lebanon has been compounded with crises in the past 50 years - from a civil war, to a financial crisis, and most recently the explosion left 300,000 people homeless and a government collapsed. When faced with trauma, broken infrastructure, and governmental systems that fail to meet our needs, how do we heal and progress? Tariq El Nahl is answering this question through fully embodying and bringing people back to their essence - Mother Earth.
    In this episode, I speak with Paul Saad, one of the members of the collective.. He poetically shares how they are utilizing land–based practices for reclaiming, highlighting, and accessing ancestral knowledge including creating native botanical gardens, delivering handmade baskets filled with herbal medicine from the land, herbal medicine toolkits as well as how they are raising money to fulfill these needs, and suggestions for finding light and grounding amidst darkness. 
    Herbal Guidebook
    Mini-doc on Tariq El Nahl
    Tariq El Nahl Instagram

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    • 1 hr 22 min

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So cool to learn more about my MARSH co-op and now I’m inspired to listen to more episodes of this podcast! Ebony is a great host!

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