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The Company We Keep: Reinventing Small Business for People, Community, and Place

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Abrams is cofounder and CEO of South Mountain Company, an employee- owned design and building company on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. In this volume, he offers the 30-person company as a model for how a company can become as much of a community as a business.
Hardcover, 313 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Chelsea Green Publishing Company
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James
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
John Abrams is the founder of South Mountain Company, a design & build worker-owned cooperative in Marthas Vineyard. His books describes the history of the company, their choice to move to a worker-owned cooperative model, and their overall philosophy of work.

Those principles are:

- Sharing ownership
- Cultivating workplace democracy
- Challenging the gospel of growth
- Balancing multiple bottom lines
- Celebrating the spirit of craft
- Practicing community entrepreneurism
- Thinking like cathedral
...more
Muna
Feb 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're trying to build anything real and honest and hopeful -- really, anything -- this is a wonderful, straightforward compilation of one cooperative's paradigm of a life doing so, and everything they found useful along the way. The guide book on how to literally construct a beautiful world.

One of John Abrams' many gems:

"The only power is the power of conviction and expertise: to create change we have only to convince each other."

A great Balinese saying quoted within:

"We don't have any art.
...more
Candis Joyce
I think everyone interested in sustaining a community should read this book.
Oak Bluffs Library
The May 2008 selection for the Sustainable Book club.
Yuri Artibise
Oct 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
A good primer on 'conscious capitalism' in action
Claire S
Sounds very utopian and idealistic: am hoping it's also realistic enough that I can hope to be a part of such a thing again (was once, long ago).
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