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Occupy U and working cooperatively
Sunday, February 10, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Occupy U workshop participant Rachel B. will be leading a discussion on some of the questions that arose during our workshop session on worker coops.
What: “How is the hyperindividualism of our culture preventing us from working (and living) cooperatively?”
When: 6:00pm – 8:00pm on Sunday, February 10
Where: Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th Street, near Alabama Street, San Francisco (24th St BART).
Cost: Free (support Modern Times by buying a book or becoming a member if you can)
Building on some questions raised during Occupy U’s look at worker cooperatives, we will dive into the implications of some observations:
There are hardly any “white collar” worker coops. Where are the doctors and lawyers or even meditation teachers that form worker coops?
There seems to be a lot of wheel reinvention. Individuals are excited to find solutions to modern problems, often not realizing that these problems have been addressed in the past or even by others in the present.
Knowledge sharing seems to follow hierarchical structures even in the “alternative culture” with people selling their teachings through retreats and books.
One possible explanation for these observations could be that we are living in a culture that overemphasizes the individual. For example, most of us don’t even know what a community looks like (hint: it’s not just a group of people). We’ll take a quick look at how living in such a culture might shape how we think and act about cooperation. A recent blog post might further frame our discussion: Cooperation, Knowledge, and the Next Economy at http://lifteconomy.com/2013/01/cooperation-knowledge-and-the-next-economy/ .
About Rachel: She wears many hats. Her favorite is that of feminist philosopher, the pragmatist kind (now even degreed). As such she thinks and writes about stereotype development and how inner & outer changes are related. She thinks that mainstream culture is itself traumatic, so to change it, we need to address both the existing wounds and what wounds us. Her newest project involves documenting solutions to common life design problems – how to live our lives individually and collectively. She muses at http://www.rabe.org.
You are most welcome, even if you can’t complete the readings beforehand.