Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson co-founded an intentional community in Staten Island, NY in ’80, in part an experiential research center in democratic culture…still there 30 years later…immersed in the worker co-op and solidarity economy movements since 2007 with the Valley Alliance of Worker Co-operatives (New England), GEO, and the Community Economies Collective.


Green Mountain Spinnery yarn

An interview with Gail Haines of Green Mountain Spinnery

We weren’t raised to be worker cooperators; we we’re raised to be employer or an employee. You know it’s a pioneer type of thing.

May 21, 2021

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Moving Into and Out of Patriarchy: Review

In producing their book Why Does Patriarchy Persist Carol Gilligan and Naomi Snider doggedly pursued the mystery of why our patriarchal ways of living and relating endure with such tenacity when they keep producing results we do not want.

June 7, 2019


What We Need is Some Culture: Part 3

Here I will be laying out what I consider to be the core elements and principle guidelines for civic/popular programs for democratic praxis. First, some definitions.

January 11, 2017

What We Need is Some Culture: Part 2

In Part I, last week, I made the case for the over-riding importance for a major shift in the strategic focus for all democratic change movements, and especially for co-operative/solidarity economics. Here in Part II I sketch out how I think we can begin moving decisively toward community and regional networks with a cultural/structural strategy.

January 10, 2017

The Case for the Power of Culture

Let’s begin by stopping our addiction to thinking in big structural terms. There is value in the scaling-up structural visions and strategies for growing our movements for co-operative/solidarity economics [2] and deep social change. However, structural strategies by themselves are like a one-armed swimmer moving upstream into a heady current.

January 9, 2017

Cooperative/Solidarity Economics and Advancing the Development of Worker Co-ops

Let’s try to get both a firm grasp and a large perspective on "regional co-operative/solidarity economic development," and what it has to do with “advancing the development of worker co-operatives.”

July 22, 2015

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