Thursday, September 23, 2010 TeamWorks on YouTube TeamWorks is pleased to point you in the direction of our latest video now on YouTube. It's a litt

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

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TeamWorks on YouTube

TeamWorks is pleased to point you in the direction of our latest video now on YouTube. It's a little over 7 minutes of who we are and what we do, what we've been able to do for our member-owners and where we're headed. Thanks in advance for checking it out and telling all your friends and family!

>>Check out the new TeamWorks video

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TeamWorks on Facebook

You can now connect with TeamWorks on our new Facebook page. We hope you'll visit and "like" us (the new "share" us) to help spread awareness of TeamWorks and our mission to the social web. We also hope you'll continue to visit often to keep in touch with the ins and outs, the day to day and all the goings-on at TeamWorks.

>>Find us on Facebook

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Philanthropic what?

Philanthropic justice. That's our opinion of what the Cleveland Foundation is doing with its serious investment in creating the Evergreen Cooperatives Project. The Foundation is transforming private wealth into community assets by creating good jobs with serious equity opportunities for the city's disenfranchised. Read more in David Smathers Moore's recent blog post about the unique role the foundation is playing: Philanthropic Justice: Transforming Private Wealth into Community Assets)

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To Mondragon We Go!

Several TeamWorkers just returned from a week-long intensive study tour to the Mondragon Worker Cooperatives in the heart of Spanish Basque country. With over 120 cooperatives and more than 100,000 workers, Mondragon is "humanity at work", competing successfully with many of the world's largest corporations right in their own back yard. Scroll through recently published photos of the trip on the TeamWorks Facebook page.

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Did you know ...
* There are different kinds of cooperatives, including consumer cooperatives which are owned by their consumer members (examples are the outdoor store REI and credit unions), and worker cooperatives which are businesses owned by their own worker members (like TeamWorks).

The worker-owned cooperative movement has roots going back to the Rochdale Pioneers in England in the 1840s; it was greatly strengthened by the emergence of the Mondragon cooperative experience in Spain in 1956.
The International Cooperative Alliance defines cooperative identity as "autonomous associations of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise."

About TeamWorks

TeamWorks is a network of cooperatives that transform ordinary jobs in fields like cleaning and landscaping into extraordinary opportunities for social and economic development. Our member-owners typically have little formal education and would have been unlikely to become business owners before joining TeamWorks. Many report that the learning and economic advancement they have experienced is dramatic and life-changing. TeamWorks' growth is being incubated through a major partnership with Sacred Heart Community Service in San Jose, California. All of this means that our customers receive great services while doing good! Visit us at http://www.teamworks.coop and http://www.shcstheheart.org for more information.

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