The 21st century has seen an explosion in Worker Cooperatives—particularly since capitalism’s 2008 crisis. In Part 1 of this 2-part series, UPSTREAM PODCAST explore how worker coops present a radically different kind of ownership and management structure—one that has the power to bring democracy into the workplace and into the economy as a whole. Upstream Podcast takes a deep dive into the cooperatively owned and run bike/skate shop Rich City Rides, exploring how they have created a community hub that puts racial & economic justice front and center. The podcast also takes a trip to the Basque Country to explore how the cooperative environment compares to that of the United States and the San Francisco Bay Area specifically.
Richard Wolff – Economics professor emeritus at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, founder of Democracy at Work, and host of the weekly radio show Economic Update
Gopal Dayaneni– Co-founder of Cooperation Richmond & Staff Member at Movement Generation
Doria Robinson– Founder of Urban Tilth and Co-Founder of Cooperation Richmond
Esteban Kelly – Executive Director of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives
Gorka Espiau – Senior Fellow at the Agirre Lehendakaria Center at the University of the Basque Country and Professor of Practice at McGill University
Najari Smith – Worker/member of Rich City Rides bike & skate shop
Roxanne Villaluz – Worker/member of a cooperative bakery & pizzeria
Sofa Gradin – Political Organizer and Lecturer in Politics at King’s College in London
Many thanks to Phil Wrigglesworth for the cover art.