Founded in 2007, the MoBo Bicycle Cooperative is a nonprofit, volunteer-run cooperative dedicated to making cycling accessible and practical to everyone in the greater Cincinnati area. The co-op provides a central place for people to come to rescue bicycles and learn how to fix and maintain them. Members have access to the shop, tools, cleaners, and the knowledge of volunteer mechanics and can “adopt” donated bicycles, parts, and accessories at very modest prices. The co-op also advocates around bicycling, and organizes rides and other social events. Read more about MoBo Bicycle Cooperative...
Hilary Abell, author of our new report Worker Cooperatives: Pathways to Scale, and Kali Akuno of The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, discuss ways in which cooperative development can support social justice and economic security.
Though they end up as owners and decision-makers, workers in low-income communities often don't start off doing all the work of developing and growing a worker-owned cooperative themselves. This is even true for the Mondragón Cooperative Corporation, the world’s single largest worker cooperative network and a leading source of inspiration for efforts to build worker cooperatives to scale in the United States.
Five projects seek to launch social enterprises and employee-owned business in Native American communities
Indian Country is the site of some exciting new work taking shape in social enterprise and employee ownership. Five Native American projects are being developed as part of an initiative managed by The Democracy Collaborative and funded by the Northwest Area Foundation, known as the Learning/Action Lab for Community Wealth Building.