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.
- Submitted by john on June 23rd, 2014Exciting news from Jacksonville, Florida, New York City, Austin, Texas and Richmond, Virginia
The past few weeks have seen a flurry of impressive activity at the level of city government, all around policies designed to build community wealth and encourage the growth of cooperative local economies. It's encouraging to see that the work of grassroots developers, local foundations, community activists, and field builders (like ourselves here at the Democracy Collaborative) is beginning to gain a foothold in the world of municipal policy. Read more about City governments building community wealth and cooperative local economies ...
- Submitted by john on December 5th, 2013An interview with Melissa Hoover, Executive Director of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives
Melissa Hoover is the Executive Director of the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC), the national membership organization for worker cooperatives, founded in 2004. She is also a founding director of the nonprofit Democracy at Work Institute, which provides technical assistance resources to worker cooperatives. Read more about Converting Existing Businesses to Worker Cooperatives...
- Submitted by john on May 16th, 2013Regional alliances and collaborations help spread cooperative business models
At the 2013 Cooperative Issues Forum, hosted by the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) on May 8th at the National Press Club, representatives of three equally exemplary, but very different projects, outlined how they had used regional collaboration to advance the cooperative economy. Read more about Scaling Up The Cooperative Economy...
- Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 14th, 2012Cooperative, city, non-profit, and solar company team up
The first citizen owned solar cooperative in the state of Washington - Edmonds Community Solar Cooperative - was formed in Edmonds in 2011. That alone would be an achievement; however, this effort, spearheaded by community non-profit Sustainable Edmonds, is an extensive collaboration between the city of Edmonds, Seattle-based Tangerine Power and the residents of Washington State.
The innovative plan entails Tangerine Power installing a solar energy system on the roof of a city-owned community center which will then be owned by the community cooperative. In essence, the city provides the space for the solar array and agrees to purchase the power generated, Tangerine Power builds and maintains the array and organizes selling ownership shares for the cooperative, and the residents of Edmonds or any other locality in the state of Washington own the panels and supply the capital needed for this project by becoming members of this community co-op.Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 10th, 2011