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Matthew Cropp 
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Re: “Soundbites: Mister Disaster

If the goal is to hold open a welcoming convivial space for a specific community of people, that space should probably be democratically owned and governed by the people it seeks to serve, rather than vesting excessive arbitrary power in one or a few individuals. Then, values conflicts might be mediated by more just and fair mechanisms than duking it out through the market mechanism. How would this situation have played out differently had the naming process been participatory?

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Posted by Matthew Cropp on 06/14/2017 at 10:01 PM

Re: “Odd Fellows Hall

Listed phone # is not in service.

Posted by Matthew Cropp on 02/01/2016 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Entrepreneurial Dream Team Sets Sights on Marijuana

"Miller looks at her role as helping to craft legislation that fosters a small-scale, Vermont-centric recreational marijuana industry."

This seems like a great opportunity for the use of the co-op model, which would allow for broad-based participation, rather than a handful of people profiting.

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Posted by Matthew Cropp on 04/15/2015 at 10:45 AM

Re: “2014: a Banner Year for #VTBeer

The development of Full Barrel Co-op has been chugging along apace; we now have close a hundred pledge members, the brewing working group has been meeting regularly, and we just received a seed grant from the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund in to cover the costs of a strategic planning retreat in January. Expect an announcement of incorporation and the launch of the election of our first board of directors by February... :)

http://www.fullbarrel.coop

Posted by Matthew Cropp on 01/02/2015 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Burlington Beer Fans Aim for a Co-op Brewery

Thanks for helping get the word out; looking forward to the organizing process!

One minor correction on the financing piece; in the interview when I referred to the "morass of red tape," I was speaking to the governmental issues around getting individual loans/investments from non-co-op members, rather than the Cooperative Fund of New England, which is an awesome organization that we'd love to work with once the pledge drive stage is complete. If anyone wants to learn more about them and the work they do (with money that includes investments by City Market), check it out: http://www.cooperativefund.org/

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Posted by Matthew Cropp on 04/16/2014 at 2:09 PM

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