Yes! Magazine is running a series on commonomics- on worker owned cooperatives and local self reliance: http://www.yesmagazine.org/commonomics/commonomics-landing-page.
They are seeking to find some commonalities in their search of different approaches and communities solutions. Even in their introduction ask interesting questions (like “What is a local economy anyways?). They will also be exploring to what relevant metrics should different local economic structures be judged – Environmental health? Unemployment? Social Mobility? Poverty reduction? Quality of Life?
In one of their first installments, check out this video of a group of workers who, after protesting layoffs that violated union agreements, bought the bankrupt company, turned it into a worker cooperative, and started back up with manufacturing.