Category Archives: History

Work It! Own It! Discussion and Workshop on Developing Worker Cooperatives 4 PM at Occupy Oakland

This Sunday at 4pm Co-Soap member Greg will be facilitating a workshop at Occupy Oakland to discuss cooperative production strategies. Learn about the history of the Unemployed Exchange Association founded here in Oakland during the great depression and brain storm … Continue reading

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Cooperative Spotlight: Coopedota R.L.

This blog post is a spotlight on a contemporary example of one large and hugely successful worker’s cooperative hailing from Costa Rica’s Dota valley. Coopedota is a great model for the communal developments that can arise from a spirit of … Continue reading

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Coconut oil: a brief overview of a plant that is more friend than foe

It seems that the coconut, especially coconut oil, has received a bad rap in The United States and in Europe as of late. This is because many studies claim that the high levels of saturated fats are detrimental to the … Continue reading

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Cooperative Business Models, Consumer and Worker Cooperatives

Did you know that over 1 Billion people on this planet are members of cooperatives? Cooperation in the US, as well as internationally, has had a rich history of experimentation and has taken many forms. There are many different types … Continue reading

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Palm oil problems: a legacy of profit-over-people

One of our favorite Co-Soap customers/enthusiasts who hails all the way from Gainesville, FL has brought our attention to Palm Oil. Being that she is extremely allergic to the stuff, it’s no wonder she can’t get enough of our pure, … Continue reading

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Eucalyptus oil: a history

Legend has it that a certain, how should we say–saucy, chewing-gum magnate resided for a time on Catalina Island, just 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles. Although the island is currently covered by groves of these spindling trees, … Continue reading

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So What Exactly Is A Cooperative?

As defined by the International Cooperative Alliance, a cooperative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntary to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprises. Co-operatives are based on the … Continue reading

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