CWOP designs credit courses, certificates and degree programs with scholars to expand education options for economic democracy and cooperative ownership.
CWOP brings non-credit courses and workshops to CUNY sites for existing and potential cooperative worker/owners in partnership with New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives (NYCNOWC).
This catalogue represents many of the resources in our city-wide collaboration, facilitated by the New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives, (NYCNOWC) and the CUNY’s School for Labor & Urban Studies. It is offered as a navigational tool for anyone interested in accessing the knowledge and supports our community can provide. We are publishing this catalogue as a beta version as a clearinghouse for training and support services in New York City.
Economic Democracy against Economic Crisis (Fall 2017)
Taught by Evan Casper-Futterman
With Guest Lectures by Dario Azzellini
Cross-listed in the Masters Programs of both Labor and Urban Studies.
In the 1950s, labor unions claimed membership in 35% of the workforce. Today, density of labor unions outside of government employees is 6.7%. This precipitous decline in the economic and political power of working people begs the question: what will be the countervailing economic and political forces to capital and inequality in the 21st century? This course will identify and examine multiple forms of workers’ self-management and cooperative enterprises and institutions throughout history, both as a reaction to economic crisis and as a coherent vision for a humane and just society. The course approaches cooperatives and self-management not as an “alternative business model,” but as part of labor history and labor struggles, reconnecting cooperatives to their origins and their potential to advance values for a more just and participatory politics, economics, and society.
Evan Casper-Futterman is currently a doctoral candidate at the Bloustein School of Urban Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, studying economic democracy and economic development. He is on the Board of Directors of the Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York City (CEANYC). His writing has been published in The Lens and The Huffington Post, as well as the peer-reviewed Berkeley Planning Journal. He contributed a chapter in the edited volume, The Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas (2013).
Dario Azzellini, Murphy Institute visiting scholar, is a political scientist, lecturer at Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria, writer and filmmaker. He has published books, essays and documentaries about social movements, privatization of military services, migration and racism, including An Alternative Labour History: Worker Control and Workplace Democracy. His research and writing focuses on social and revolutionary militancy, migration and racism, people’s power and self-administration, workers control and extensive case studies in Latin America.