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Face-to-Face Communication and the Unexplored Potential of Cooperation: A Report With Speculations from the Front Lines of Collective Action

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Johnson, Michael
Journal: Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO) Newsletter
Volume: 2
Date: 2011
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7529
Sector: Social Organization
Subject(s): collective action
Abstract: "The main focus of my activism is to further and deepen cooperation and collective action, and my intent in this article is to expand our current notions of what is possible and practical in these efforts. I believe strongly that this expansion of our awareness is crucial to making the most of the foundational gift coming from Dr. Ostrom and the IAD community as well as the recent emergence of solidarity and cooperative economies grounded in a revitalized appreciation of our commons. I am addressing, then, the whole collective action community - researchers and practitioners. I have three primary concerns: how we define 'self' and 'self-interest'; how we tend to keep behavior and experience separate in theory and practice; and how we tend to keep our thinking about cooperation and collective action grounded in individualism."

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