Cooperatives (Co-ops)

Riverwest Public House Cooperative

Situated in Milwaukee’s Riverwest Neighborhood, the Riverwest Public House Cooperative is Wisconsin’s only co-op bar. Its mission is three-fold: to provide a welcoming social meeting place; to offer patrons a variety of affordable local, organic drinks; and to raise funds to propagate other cooperatives. The Cooperative has four decision-making bodies, including membership (patrons and neighbors), a Board of Directors, a Workers Collective (paid staff and volunteers), and Standing Committees, which each rely on a Consensus decision-making process. Read more about Riverwest Public House Cooperative...

Riverwest Cooperative Alliance

The Riverwest Cooperative Alliance is an alliance of cooperatives dedicated to fostering an equitable and democratic economy in Milwaukee’s Riverwest Neighborhood. Aiming to propagate and promote co-ops and cooperative values, the Alliance offers professional and consulting services and a range of classes, workshops, and networking opportunities. Read more about Riverwest Cooperative Alliance...

Outpost Natural Foods

Established in the early 1970s by a group of Milwaukee residents looking for a way to purchase wholesome food, Outpost Natural Foods is a natural foods cooperative that strives to sell organic, local, fair-trade certified, and GMO-free products. Outpost has grown to be the fourth largest natural foods cooperative by sales in the country, with 4 stores and 2 cafes, nearly 500 workers, and over 20,000 member owners. Committed to sustainability and the community, Outpost supports numerous charitable causes and aims to ensure its operations meet the needs of future generations. Read more about Outpost Natural Foods...

Dill Pickle Coop

Dill Pickle Food Co-op offers healthy food choices and the benefits of cooperative practice to build a vibrant local community and more sustainable world—meeting community needs and strengthen area diversity through products, services, and education. 

The Dill Pickle is an Illinois for-profit co-operative corporation incorporated under Illinois Cooperative Law. Dill Pickle is owned and governed by its member-owners who annually elect a nine-member board of directors to oversee activity and set policy. Read more about Dill Pickle Coop...

Weaving the Community Resilience and New Economy Movement

Marissa Mommaerts , Ken White and Ben Roberts
Post Carbon Institute

The Post Carbon Institute and Collective Conversations interviewed 18 leaders, including Democracy Collaborative Communications Coordinator John Duda, for a new report on the possibilities for a new, more equitable and democratized economy. Building off of conversations from the Community Resilience and New Economy Network, the collected interviews help to connect different social movements and present creative solutions and alternatives to our current extractive economy. Full transcripts of each interview are also available online.

Sustainable Communities: Creating a Durable Economy

Bruce Seifer
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Communities & Banking Journal

In the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Communities & Banking Journal, localist Bruce Seifer presents an excerpt from his new book that describes the shift in Burlington, Vermont's economic development strategy from one that seeks corporate subsidies to one based on building local entrepreneurship. Seifer gives an overview of the city's long-term economic vision and describes the city's efforts to convert business into employee-owned companies and to provide technical assistance to locally owned firms.

Cooperative Resources & Services Project (CRSP)

Founded in 1980, Cooperative Resources & Services Project (CRSP) is a nonprofit that provides resources and support to cooperative and ecological neighborhoods, eco-villages, and intentional communities. Read more about Cooperative Resources & Services Project (CRSP)...

When Workers Own Their Companies, Everyone Wins

Sean McElwee

This New Republic article explores how cooperatives can support a green and democratic economy.

Building the Case for Racial Equity in the Food System

Anthony Giancatarino and Simran Noor
The Center for Social Inclusion

This report from The Center for Social Inclusion examines the effects of housing, school, land, and wage policies on access to healthy food in communities of color. It offers recommendations to surmount these challenges, such as investing in cooperatively owned food enterprises and leveraging dollars from the Affordable Care Act’s community benefit requirements for nonprofit hospitals. The report also includes several reference guides to help community groups identify and confront the particular institutions, policies, and practices that promote structural racial inequity in their food systems. 

Community Wealth Building Conference

September 27th, 2014
Aurora, Colorado

Breakout session topics fall under the following themes:   Read more about Community Wealth Building Conference...

Worker Co-ops Gain Foothold in Cuba

Delegation of cooperative leaders become acquainted with Cuba's new non-agricultural co-ops

At the end of 2012, the Cuban government approved a law that permitted for the first time the formation of non-agricultural co-ops. Read more about Worker Co-ops Gain Foothold in Cuba...

MoBo Bicycle Cooperative

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...

The Real News Network Interviews Hilary Abell and Kali Akuno on Scaling Worker Cooperatives

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.

Scaling-Up the Cooperative Movement

Thomas Hanna and Andrew McLeod
Grassroots Economic Organizing

Senior Research Associate Thomas Hanna and Andrew McLeod of Collective Seeds Consulting Cooperative guest edit Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO)’s blog series, Scaling-Up the Cooperative Movement. The series includes essays from The Democracy Collaborative’s Gar Alperovitz, Joe Guinan, and Thomas Hanna, as well as several co-op experts, including Hilary Abell author of Worker Cooperatives: Pathways to Scale.

How Much Outside Help Do Worker Co-ops Need to Get to Scale?

Confronting the challenge of incubation
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.