ABOUT

Cooperative Journal Media

Cooperative Journal Media is a source for remembering through storytelling, visualizing, and practicing a collectivized economy. We are gathering the stories that expand the edges of our imagination of what is possible - where money is just one form of capital, workers are the owners, neighbors are meeting each other’s needs, and local communities are reclaiming their power to cultivate regenerative systems.

Our solidarity economy storytelling comes in many shapes:

  • Multi-media Case Stories

  • Illustrations & Animations

  • Curriculum Design & Workshops

  • Gallery of Solidarity Economy Art

  • Cooperative Journal Podcast

Co-Creating Solidarity Economy Art 
Workshop Series

Co-Creating Solidarity Economy Art is a participatory art workshop series inviting artists to explore the question - “how can we expand our imagination of an economy where all can thrive while spotlighting examples already happening in our communities?” 

 

Through political education and highlighting examples of the solidarity economy, we guide artists  to create art that can serve to visualize these tangible ‘alternatives.’  

 

We interview organizers stewarding projects that show the many different shapes of the solidarity economy on Turtle Island. We invite them to share a moment where they experienced the future economy they dream of alive in the present. Artists participants create 2D visual art inspired by these short case stories. Bringing people into these moments emphasizes that the future of our dreams doesn’t have to be this far out destination - the solidarity economy is ancestrally rooted and happening all around us, ready for more to join. 

 

We create animations that compile the audio stories and visual art, designed for educators to bring these dreamy visions into your curriculum. Stay tuned for more examples of the economy where we all can thrive come alive.

 

CREATIVE WILDFIRE PROJECT

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Creative Wildfire was co-created by New Economy Coalition, Climate Justice Alliance, and Movement generation to uplift their manifesto around not ‘going back to normal. They invited artists and cultural workers to create art that activates the masses, shifts the current narrative from extraction to reciprocity, and questions the present to reimagine the future. 

 

We also collaborated with Anti-Capitalism for Artists to host and promote the workshop series. They are  a cooperative learning community offering an array of  politically focused education courses and events accessible to artists and creatives of all modes and practices. 

 

Much gratitude to the Creative Wildfire team and Anti-Capitalism for Artists for granting us the resources to share the stories and art that reminds us of our collective power to produce the change we want to see and be.

PODCAST

Cooperative Journal spotlights stories of how people are collectivizing to meet their needs locally and globally beyond the extractive economic system.

MEET THE TEAM

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Ebony Gustave

Ebony (she/her) creates and illuminates the solidarity economy through storytelling, interactive workshops, community asset based mapping, and placemaking projects. The common thread between all of her work is bringing awareness of alternatives to capitalism that center care, interpersonal relationships, and empowers us to access our own agency. She is the founder of Cooperative Journal, creator of free community herbal medicine cabinets, curator of events centered around holistic healing, and a solidarity economy mapper/workshop facilitator. They are currently based in Lenape Land - Brooklyn, NY.

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Robin Crane

Robin (they/them) is a multimedia storyteller, solidarity economy nerd, and tender plant tender. With a focus on film, animation and participatory media they spotlight community-driven solutions, working with organizations to shift narratives in support of a more regenerative economy where all can thrive. Outside of CJM they co-coordinate the Redistribution Story Bank with Resource Generation, divestment/reinvestment narratives with The Next Egg, and steward at Canticle Farm. They are queer and have ancestors from north and west Europe, now home-making on Ohlone Land, Oakland, CA.