Widening Spheres of Democracy

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.


This part 1 of a 2-part series.

Listen to Part 2:

Worker Cooperatives Pt. 2

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