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I prefer cooperation to competition, since the latter can bring out the worst in people. I prefer locally controlled economic arrangements involving a mixture of cooperative, employee-owned, and private businesses. I like community-based voluntary, democratic organizations in which people join hands in promoting community, common good, and local self reliance. I dislike big, authoritarian, centralized; I like face to face barter, recognizing experiential value, and distinguishing goods  from commodities.

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a club WV Theme...

...individual <---> group

the theme is paired with: #19A  Competitive Capitalism  to make Choice #34    in the Choices We Make cards 

this theme as presented in older version of theme structure:    version 2.0 & 3.0      is this theme new to version 4?--new name

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 Project Worldview authored discussion, Worldview Watch related issues, songs, etc.  

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Wikipedia articles related to this theme:

Mutualism  Co-operative Economics decentralization 
  co-operation co-operatives History of the Co-operative Movement
Cohousing Grassroots Democracy decentrally planned economy
Worker Co-operatives Consumer Co-operatives Economic Democracy
Democratic Socialism Community Economics  Community vs. Society
intentional community Community Supported Agriculture   Barn-Raising
ecovillage economic democracy ideological Communitarianism

 worldview internal inconsistency related: Strongly valuing this theme and any of the themes in the list below is a contradiction:

#4 Spreading Disinformation / Tactical Deception #19B Corporate Capitalism   #20A   Elitism    #20B Authoritarian Followers
#29B Taking Charge==>: Violence #36A Cynicism #36B  Conspiracies   #43   Seeking Wealth & Power  
#46B Military Backers #49A  Social Welfare Statism #50A Libertarian    #51B Big Business Pushes Global Limits
#103A Individual Glory    

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #48: Liking Cooperation-Based Communities

The International Co-operative Alliance (organization promoting "co-operative enterprises build a better world")
The Co-operative Hall of Fame (honors "heroes" of the co-operative movement; sponsored by The Co-operative Development Foundation)
Common Good Finance (philosophy behind "Creating common good banks, economics for a new society")
Historic Foundations of Cooperative Philosophy, by Greg Lawless
The University of Wisconsin Center for Co-operatives
Centre for Co-operative and Community Based Economy (U. of Victoria based, promotes research, learning) 
Cooperative Economics Resources

"The Bikes that Broke Free" (anarchist activists inspire co-operative venture, from The Economist Dec 19 2017)

Food Co-ops in America by Annie Meis Knupfer (more about this 2013 book from Cornell University Press)
Africa's Savings and Credit Co-operatives (report from The Economist July 22 2017)
"When Workers Are Owners"   (article from The Economist August 22, 2015)
"Lending to Poor Farmers--Seeding the Market" (report on success of rural collectives from The Economist March 14 2015)
"Interview: The Deep Roots of African American Cooperative Economics" by Mira Luna (April 28 2014 interview)
"Why We Need a Bank at the Post Office"  by John Nichols (article from The Nation March 3 2014)
"Mondragon: Trouble in Workers' Paradise"  (article about world's largest co-ops in Spain from The Economist November 9 2013)

"What's Minted in Berkshire County Stays There: Finding Reward in Local Currency"  (report on PBS News Hour Sep 5 2013)

"Time Banks Help Spaniards Weather Economic Crisis" by Lauren Frayer (Sep 2012 story on NPR)
"A Co-operative Economy: The Time is Now" by Carmen Lianes (August 26 2011 Green for All blog)
"Solidarity-Based and Co-operative Economy and Ethical Business" by S. Buglione, R. Schulter (2010 paper)
"A Co-operative Economy--What Might it Look Like?" by Jake Karlyle  (October 2005 conference paper)
"How a Community Based Co-op Economy Might Work" by Dave Pollard (August 2010 article)
Co-operative Economics--An Interview with Jaroslav Vanek (Cornell University Economics Professor)
The Case for Workers' Co-ops by Robert Oakeshott  (read excerpts of this 1990 book at Google Books)
Beyond Statism and the Market Economy: A New Concept of Democracy, by Takis Fotopoulos
Economics of Transition from State-Capitalist to Cooperative Enterprises, by Roger McCain
The Case Against the Global Economy And For a Turn Toward the Local ed. Jerry Mander and Edward Goldsmith (from Sierra Club Books)
Sustainable Community Economics
Institute for Local Self Reliance
Institute for Social Ecology
Local Harvest (organization promoting "real food, real farmers, real community")
Community Economies Project 
The Cohousing Association of the United States
Global Ecovillage Network
Community Supported Agriculture (from USDA's Alternative Farming System's Information Center)
Cooperative Economics: An Interview with Jaroslav Vanek
Bioregional Democracy (from online encyclopedia)
Planet Drum Foundation ("a voice for bioregional sustainability, education, and culture")
Cooperatives and Microenterprise Projects are Successful in the Philippines
An Overview of Decentralism by Kirkpatrick Sale
Beyond Individualism and Centralization, by Dennis R. Fox
Cooperative Economics--Movement for Beloved Community
Cooperative / Participatory Society vs. Socialist Society Debate (from Z magazine)  
The Political Economy of Participatory Economics, by Michael Albert and Robin Hahnel (online book)
Inclusive Democracy and Participatory Economics, by Takis Fotopoulos
Democratic Socialists of America
Rural Cooperatives Center
National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
National Association of Housing Cooperatives
The European Association of Cooperative Banks
quotes related to cooperatives
quotes related to community

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"As you shop in "The Reality Marketplace" avoid spending your "reality cash" too early,  before you have seen everything. " 
from Coming of Age in the Global Village,  by Stephen P. Cook,  with Donella H. Meadows.