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Hi there. I'm Ben Mauer, a board member of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives (http://usworker.coop) as well as the Boston Area Worker Owned and Run Network.

I think that Lorem Ipsum, with a pivot in offerings (coffee, books, games), could be an extremely successful worker cooperative or multi-stakeholder cooperative (with worker-owners and consumer-owners). It has many elements that would make it successful, most notably its beloved status.

I'd be very happy to help you think through the possibilities of keeping Lorem Ipsum a truly community-oriented institution that is resilient and has a sustainable stream of capital from consumer-investors.

Feel free to get in touch with me via http://quilted.coop. I also have access to a lot of resources that could help in the transition, from funding to technical assistance. Get in touch!

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