#149 – The Industrial Commons // Worker-Owned Cooperatives


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How does rural Appalachia regain an economic foothold after NAFTA initiated the exodus of the manufacturing industry? How do workers reclaim a sense of ownership, passion, and control over the work they do?  We’re joined by Molly Hempstreet and Franzi Charen from The Industrial Commons, a local 501c3 committed to helping businesses transition from traditional top-down ownership to a worker-owned cooperative business model. Molly also runs a local cooperative business Opportunity Threads, and Franzi runs Hip Replacements in downtown Asheville along with starting the Asheville Grown Business Alliance (you may have seen their Love Asheville, Go Local stickers).

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