Cooperatives (Co-ops)

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.  In 1993, it created the Los Angeles Eco-Village (LAEV), an intentional community with about 40 residents committed to living more ecologically and cooperatively.  Today, it continues to support LAEV, in part through its Ecological Revolving Loan Fund, which helps finance the acquisition and ecological retrofitting of property within the LAEV and provides loans to small, green, cooperatively-oriented businesses started by LAEV members or those affiliated with other CRSP initiatives.

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.