Ep. 44 Special Episode “Collective Power”

July 05, 2017

This week, a special holiday episode featuring conversations with Astra Taylor and Thomas Gokey of the Debt Collective plus worker cooperative organizer Esteban Kelly.

We launched Team Human a little less than a year ago with little fanfare or promotion. Steadily we’ve assembled a formidable team of listeners via word of mouth, retweets, and person-to-person conversation. We’d like to take this week to introduce our more recent listeners to two conversations that set the tone for Team Human.

Today’s show begins by going all the way back to very first Team Human interview with Astra Taylor and Thomas Gokey, co-founders of Strike DebtRolling Jubilee and most recently the Debt Collective. The Debt Collective is a direct action campaign that leverages the collective power of debtors, united together, against exploitative for-profit education and lending institutions in the US. Astra and Thomas give Team Human listeners a template for hacking real world systems and tapping into the power of solidarity. Join the collective at debtcollective.org.

In the second half of today’s show, we revisit a conversation with executive director of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, Esteban Kelly. Kelly offers Team Human a unique vision of solidarity that begins in the place where we spend 40 (or more) hours a week… the workplace. We’ll learn how democratic workplaces and cooperative ownership foster the conditions for openness, inclusion, and ultimately, economic justice.

Learn more about our first episode with Astra and Thomas here and episode #3 with Esteban here.

Music in this episode: Fugazi : Foreman’s Dog Mike Watt: beak-holding-letter-man , R.U. Sirius: President Mussolini Makes The Planes Run On Time, plus a Team Human original in the outro.

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Locked in Arms Photo Credit: By Nancy Wong (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Header Photo: Leonard von Bibra

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