Tag Archives: Cooperatives

Cooperative Cuba

Cooperative Cuba
Photo courtesy of The Cuban Economy By Cliff DuRand Published in Z Magazine, October 2013, under the title “Laboratory for a New Society: Moving toward a cooperative economy.” Cuba is engaged in a fundamental reshaping of its society.  Calling it a renovation of socialism or a renewal of socialism, the country is re-forming the economic system away from the state socialist model adopted in the 1970s toward something quite new.  This is ... Read more

Seizing the Moment: Catalyzing Big Growth for Worker Co-ops

Seizing the Moment: Catalyzing Big Growth for Worker Co-ops
Given the current groundswell of interest in cooperatives, organizers of worker cooperatives have a window of opportunity in the United States to propel our sector to the next level. Our national and regional organizations are increasing in their strength and dynamism. In several regions, diverse stakeholders are coming together to explore a variety of pathways to worker ownership, from small and medium-scale cooperative start-ups to ... Read more

Leveling the Playing Field for Worker Cooperatives

Leveling the Playing Field for Worker Cooperatives
A quiet revolution is rumbling through New York's municipal offices as they retool to support the creation of worker cooperatives as a way to fight poverty. Spurred by the powerful example of immigrant-owned cleaning cooperatives and the longstanding example of Cooperative Home Care Associates in the Bronx - the largest worker cooperative in the country - progressive city council members are allying with a new network of worker cooperatives, ... Read more

How To Convert a Business into a Worker-owned Cooperative

How To Convert a Business into a Worker-owned Cooperative
Cooperatives represent a growing segment of the economy with an estimated 30,000 enterprises and 100 million members in the U.S. alone. A great way to bring democracy into the workplace, coops can be built from scratch, but they can also be created by converting existing businesses into worker-owned cooperatives. For retiring business owners as well as entrepreneurs, selling a business to employees is a way to strengthen the business while ... Read more

CommonBound Recap: There Are Many Alternatives

CommonBound Recap: There Are Many Alternatives
“One of the most frightening things to the people who oppose the development of a new economy is the possibility that we are actually able to do things for ourselves. One of the ways that old economy is able to exist is on the notion that ‘There Is No Alternative’ (TINA). To that we must resolutely and consistently say: ‘TAMA’ (There Are Many Alternatives).” Those were the words which Ed Whitfield of Fund for Democratic Communities left the ... Read more

City governments building community wealth and cooperative local economies

The past few weeks have seen a flurry of impressive activity at the level of city government, all around policies designed to build community wealth and encourage the growth of cooperative local economies. It's encouraging to see that the work of grassroots developers, local foundations, community activists, and field builders (like ourselves here at the Democracy Collaborative) is beginning to gain a foothold in the world of municipal ... Read more

How a large worker co-op got started

How a large worker co-op got started
Employees of three rural Maine businesses – Burnt Cove Market, V&S Variety and Pharmacy, and The Galley – are now the owners. All of them. By forming the Island Employee Cooperative , the largest worker cooperative in Maine and one of the larger worker co - ops in the United States, the employees were able to purchase the businesses from retiring owners Vern and Sand ra Seile. Combined, the three businesses are one of the island’s largest ... Read more

Why We Need a New Kind of Open Cooperatives for the P2P Age

Why We Need a New Kind of Open Cooperatives for the P2P Age
The cooperative movement and cooperative enterprises are in the midst of a revival, even as some of their long-standing entities are failing. This revival is part of an ebb and flow of cooperativism, that is strongly linked to the ebb and flow of the mainstream capitalist economy. After systemic crisis such as the one in 2008, many people look at alternatives. Yet, we can’t simply look at the older models and revive them, we have to take ... Read more

Black Co-ops Were A Method of Economic Survival

Black Co-ops Were A Method of Economic Survival
I have been able to both compile and chronicle the major activities of African Americans in the United States who have been involved in some form of cooperative business development or collective economics. And, why is that important? Because when I first got interested in using cooperative models for community economic development, particularly in Black communities, everywhere I went people kept telling me that black people don’t do co-ops. Read more

Sanders Unveils Employee Ownership Legislation

Sanders Unveils Employee Ownership Legislation
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was joined this morning by representatives of Vermont-based, worker-owned businesses and an employee-ownership expert at a news conference to announce legislation to help workers who want to form their own businesses or worker-owned cooperatives. Sanders said employee ownership increases employment, productivity, sales and wages. The federal government, however, has not done enough for employee ownership to ... Read more