John Duda started working for the Democracy Collaborative as Communications Coordinator in 2011. He holds a B.A. in linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master's degree in Logic from the Universiteit van Amsterdam, and a PhD in Intellectual History from Johns Hopkins University, where his dissertation examined the genealogy of the idea of "self-organization" in politics and the sciences. He is also a founding collective member at Red Emma's, a worker-owned cooperative bookstore and coffeehouse in Baltimore, and has worked extensively as a digital media activist supporting a variety of grassroots independent media projects.
In this article for Yes! Magazine, Democracy Collaborative Communications Director John Duda writes on one of the oldest worker-owned cooperative ecosystems in the world in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and what we can learn from it.
- Open Democracy
A recent poll from the Democracy Collaborative and YouGov reveals that most Americans are ready to spend more for social needs, even if this raises the deficit.
Since the Great Recession, worker cooperatives have been on the rise. John Duda explains the importance of working on transitioning existing businesses to worker ownership models.
Putting capital in private hands obscures the connection companies might have to the people they serve. This exploration of the history of a German transnational holding company explains the importance of accountability and commitment to the people. "We also have to dismantle the kinds of unaccountable concentrations of corporate wealth that have been built upon these unseemly fortunes," John Duda, Director of communications at the Democracy Collaborative, writes.
- Next City
In the face of Microsoft's announcement of a large allocation for loans to help middle- and low-income families meet the costs of housing. People working in affordable housing across the country, including John Duda, have called attention to the fact that this is not a long-term solution.
- Dollar and Sense
Jane Paul, writes in Dollars and Sense, about "Workplace Solidarity in the Equitable Economy." In this article, Paul quotes The Democracy Collaborative communication director John Duda on a cooperative support system: