CERO Co-op: good green jobs - circular economy

March 13, 2018
Hosted by Thomas Rosenberg and Rani Langer Croager

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In other episodes we have discussed the benefits of the cooperative business model – being or becoming worker-owned. We’ve highlighted the benefits of bridging cultural divides to create the future we want. We’ve explored money, what it is and how to slow it down in your community. We’ve discussed how to measure happiness on a national level. We’ve also talked about the benefits that can accrue in a community where there is an active ecosystem catalyst organization, or ecosystem entrepreneur. Today’s show profiles an organization that demonstrates concretely what’s possible when worker-owned and operated, when cultural divides are bridged, when the community is engaged in its own success, and when alternative funding opportunities are leveraged. The organization is CERO Co-op in Dorchester Massachusetts.


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The purpose of this show is to accelerate the shift towards building an inclusive, just future by connecting people and ideas. Be inspired to become the change agent for your community. Our guests describe some of what’s happening across the country and around the world to improve community resilience and build a regenerative community.

Our topics range from money and what it is, the challenges and success of global resilient community efforts, models for bringing alternative health care to underserved and minority communities, suggestions for fostering greater community through social entrepreneurship, building leadership, to reflecting on the language we use and whether it is inclusive or exclusive.

Thomas Rosenberg and Rani Langer Croager

I am passionate about changing mindsets and behavior. Since 1994 my career has been focused on change leadership around environmental initiatives, facilitating change, and empowering others to lead change from within their organizations and communities. I have worked with private and public sector organizations in the US, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. Client organizations include Fortune Global 750 companies, local and national governments, and small and mid-sized firms.

I serve on the Advisory Board for SxSW Eco’s Startup Central. Previously, I served on the National Sustainability Committee for the Clean Tech Open, driving the creation of a new curriculum for participants. I also served on the Bay Area Biomimicry Leadership Team and as an Advisory Board Member for Shukuru.org.

I hold an MBA in Global Management from Thunderbird, an MS in Environmental Sciences from Johns Hopkins University, a BA in International Relations and Asian Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and I am currently pursuing certification as an Integral Coach through New Ventures West in San Francisco, California.

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