Reading John Baldridge’s dissertation, the late Elinor Ostrom has been on my mind. She was incredible woman.
The Valley Alliance of Worker Co-operatives hosted Ostrom in September 2011 for dinner and conversation about research in collective action and co-op led development in the Valley. Earth Foods, a student run business at the University of Massachusetts catered a delicious dinner. Elinor Ostrom won a Nobel Prize in Economics for her work on collective action and governing the commons. I feel so lucky to have been there and met her before she passed away.
This event was developed in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Co-operative Enterprise Collaborative (UMCEC) and Michael Johnson’s work organizing a special issue of GEO (Grass Roots Economic Organizing) with contributions from The Ostrom Workshop and a Guest Introduction by Ostrom. I particularly enjoyed Johnson’s appreciative yet somewhat critical paper “Face-to-Face Communication and the Unexplored Potential of Co-operation”. John Baldridge’s dissertation is another great resource connecting Ostrom’s work with worker co-operative, it’s available here.
Read more about this and other more recent VAWC events here.