Co-operatives

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Alternative Americas: An informal history by the grandmother of the counter-culture
Loomis, Mildred J.
Book
1982
A history of decentralist and co-operative alternatives in the United States, centering especially on the work of Ralph Borsodi.
Bain Avenue controversy - Ulli Diemer replies
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1978
There is no dispute about the importance and validity of economic demands, whether in the workplace or in the community. What is under dispute is Wages for Housework's insistence that money is the onl...
Bain Co-op Meets Wages for Housework: A political thriller
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1977
The story of the struggle that gave birth to a housing co-operative and destroyed the credibility of the 'Wages for Housework' sect.
Beyond Solidarity
Morpurgo, Horatio
Article
2012
The American sociologist Richard Sennett has explored themes of class and social exclusion for more than 40 years. Horatio Morpurgo speaks with him about his recent book Together: The Rituals, Pleasur...
Brotherhood Economics: Women and Co-operatives in Nova Scotia
Neal, Rusty
Book
1998
Documents the goal of equality for women in the workplace, education, economic development, social work and co-operatives and the activism of five women.
Building Economic Alternatives
Moffatt, Gary
Article
1992
Moffatt outlines many currently practiced methods of creating an alternative economy.
Co-operative Co-ownership Corporations: Legislative Proposals
Article
1978
This bound set of notes embodies the discussion paper used in a Symposium held on November 16 - 17, 1978 in Edmonton.
Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice
Nembhard, Jessica Gordon
Book
2014
In Collective Courage, Jessica Gordon Nembhard chronicles African American cooperative business ownership and its place in the movements for Black civil rights and economic equality.
Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice
Nembhard Gordon, Jessica
Unclassified
2014
Book examining efforts to achieve economic development by African Americans.
Connexions: Volume 3, Number 5 - September 1978
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1978
Continuous Excursions: Politics and Personal Life
Colman, Marshall
Book
1982
Colman looks at the idea that 'the personal is political'. He looks at personal life in pre-capitalist societies, the nature of politics and social relations, patriarchy and sexual relations, intimacy...
Cooperation at Work: The Mondragon Experience
Bradley, Keith; Gelb, Alan
Book
1983
A guide to work co-operatives, based on the experience of the Mondragon group of co-operatives in Spain.
The Co-operative Revolution: A Graphic Novel
Polyp
Book
2012
To celebrate the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives, The Co-operative Group has created a graphic novel, depicting the history, scale and diversity of co-operation.
Co-operatives Bite back! The return of the co-op: New Internationalist June 2004
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2004
A look at the issues regarding and the basic principles of a co-op. Discussion of the history of the international co-operative movement and information on how to set up a co-op.
Co-ops, Communes and Collectives: Experiments In Social Change in the 1960's and 1970's
Case, John; Taylor, Rosemary (Editors)
Book
1979
Contains case studies of alternative organizations and articles addressing issues relevant to how such organizations function. Particularly good is Jane J. Mansbridge's paper, "The Agony of Inequality...
The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or the End of the World?
Kovel, Joel
Book
2002
We live in and from nature, but the way we have evolved of doing this is about to destroy you. Capitalism and its by-products -- imperialism, war, neoliberal globalization, racism, poverty, and the de...
Equal Shares: Oodi Weavers and the cooperative experience
Lewycky,Dennis; Nthomang, Keitseope
Book
1999
The story of a community-based co-operative in Botswana.
Equality: New Internationalist January/February 2004
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2004
A look at theories on the thought of equality and its progress in society.
For Our Common Future
Taylor, Walt
Article
1989
Most Canadians seem brainwashed by two myths: (1) Work is scarce; not enough work for everyone; and (2) Money is scarce; Canada cannot afford full employment.
From Corporate Greed to Common Good: Canadian Churches and Community Economic Development
MacAdam, Murray
Book
1998
Provides suggestions for individuals or groups who wish to sponsor and participate in community economic initiatives such as self-employment training and co-operatively-owned business.
Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite
Levine, Bruce E.
Book
2011
Levine offers insights into the epidemic of political passivity in America and analyzes how major U.S. institutions have created helplessness and fatalism. He proposes ways of recovering dignity, ener...
Getting Started on Social Analysis in Canada: Third Edition
Czerny, Michael; Swift, Jamie
Book
1984
See also CX2933.
Greece's solidarity movement: 'it's a whole new model - and it's working'
Henley, Jon
Article
2015
Citizen-run health clinics, food centres, kitchens and legal aid hubs have sprung up to fill the gaps left by austerity – and now look set to play a bigger role under a Syriza government.
A Green City Program: For San Francisco Bay Area Cities & Towns
Berg, Peter; Magilavy, Beryl, Zuckerman, Seth
Book
1989
Ideas for green, sustainable cities.
Guide to Co-operative Alternatives
Book
Hundreds of co-operative ventures throughout North America. ...
A Guide To Cooperative Alternatives
Freundlich, Paul; Collins, Chris; Wenig, Mikki
Book
1979
Edited by "Communities, Journal of Cooperative Living," this book is a resource guide of ideas, resources, references and contacts for people interested in living and working cooperatively. Includes w...
How to Start a Co-operative
Reed, J.E.
Book
1982
An introduction to co-operatives and act as a guide to groups interested in organizing a co-operative.
Independent Co-operative Enterprizes
Article
1975
Report on an economic strategy to help marginalised men and women.
Marx's Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism
Hudis, Peter
Book
2013
In contrast to the traditional view that Marx's work is restricted to a critique of capitalism – and that he consciously avoided any detailed conception of its alternative – this work shows that Marx ...
The Meaning of Mondragon: Fantasties and (Possible) Realities
Marszalek, Bernard
Article
2012
We can apply lessons learned from the extensive experience of worker self-management to encourage their unrealized radicality.
Mondragón Cooperative Corporation: Connexipedia Article
Article
A group of manufacturing, financial and retail enterprises based in the Basque Country and extended over the rest of Spain and abroad which is one of the world's largest worker cooperatives and one im...
Mondragon Worker-Cooperatives Decide How to Ride Out a Downturn
Kelly, Georgia
Article
2009
The Mondragón Cooperative Corporation (MCC), the largest consortium of worker-owned companies, has developed a different way of doing business - a way that puts workers, not shareholders, first.
The Need for Alternative Employment
Moffatt, Gary
Article
1989
An alternative economy would enable movement people to integrate their bread labour with their social change work.
The New Dawn Story
Article
1981
In the area of industrial Cape Breton Island, there exists a form of Community Development Corporation (CDC) known as New Dawn Enterprises Limited.
No Bosses Here!: A Manual on Working Collectively and Cooperatively
Brandow, Karen; McDonnell, Jim;
Book
1981
A perceptive and practical guide to working in a collective.
Organizing in a Small Town
Two members of the Toronto Liberation School
Article
1976
Experiences in organizing in a small town in Ontario in the early 1970s.
Portugal: The Impossible Revolution?
Mailer, Phil,
Book
1977
The story of what happened in Portugal between April 25, 1974 and November 25, 1975, as seen and felt by a deeply committed participant.
Reclaim the power! Democratic energy must replace corporate capture
Article
2014
Democratising energy would save thousands of lives a year in Britain alone -- releasing us from the clutches of corporate utilities, and building an energy commons in which we are all owners and parti...
Rochdale: The Runaway Collage
Sharpe, David
Book
1987
Toronto's Rochdale College began as an experiment in living and learning, and ended as a symbpl of the flower-child Sixties, a financial and social controversy. Sharpe tells the story of the college's...
Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers: Wikipedia article
Article
The Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers, founded in 1844, was an early consumer co-operative, and one of the first to pay a patronage dividend, forming the basis for the modern co-operative movemen...
Social Reform or Revolution
Luxemburg, Rosa
Book
1900
Rosa Luxemburg's attack on reformism.
Social Teaching Incarnate at ICI
Walsh, Tom
Article
1992
From economic grassroots organizations, Latin Americans of every creed, race and colour gather under the one ICI roof for three month periods of intensive sharing and learning. Community and society p...
Socialist Register 1991: Volume 27: Communist Regimes the Aftermath
Miliband, Ralph; Panitch, Leo (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1991
Starting a Worker Co-operative: An Introduction
Quarter, Jack (co-ordinator and editor)
Book
1985
A Targeted Approach to Worker Co-op Development: Lessons from Mondragon and Northern Italy
Kreiner, Sherman L.
Article
1988
Targeted strategies offer advantages: First, expertise which permits the rapid assessment of prospective deals. Second, by concentrating on businesses which have some similarities, it is possible to b...
Towards a Decentralist Commonwealth
Alperovitz, Gar
Article
1979
Could the basic structural concept of common ownership of society's resources for the benefit of all ever be achieved, institutionally, in ways which fostered and sustained, rather than eroded and des...
Why Cooperative Businesses Are Not the Answer
Spritzler, John
Article
2013
The problem with the worker-owned cooperative business economic model is that this model retains one of the most important defining characteristics of the capitalist model with which we are so familia...
Worker Co-operatives: An Introduction
Schnack, Kris; Jackson, Ted
Article
1985
...
Worker Cooperatives in America
Jackall, Robert; Levin, Henry M. (ed.)
Book
1984
A historical background of worker cooperatives as well as a contemporary discussion of small and large co-ops.
Worker Cooperatives and Revolution: History and Possibilities in the United States
Wright, Chris
Book
2014
Wright believes that the 'solidarity economy', fits within a Marxist understanding of what is needed to bring about a grassroots transformation of the economy.

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

Arusha Cross-Cultural Centre
Stimulate reflection and action by Canadians to promote equitable development of peoples at home and abroad, and communication and understanding among people of different cultures.
Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada
Advocate for accessible, affordable, high quality, comprehensive, not for profit child care for every Canadian.
Canadian Co-operative Association
To promote the growth and development of the co-operative movement in Canada.
Connexions Archive & Library
The Connexions Archive & Library is Toronto-based project dedicated to keeping alive the rich history of grassroots movements for social justice. Connexions preserves 'alternative' histories that r...
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Connexions provides information and services for advocacy groups, voluntary and non-profit organizations, and individuals, who are working for social and economic justice, environmental responsibility...
New Internationalist
New Internationalist reports on issues of world poverty and inequality. We focus attention on the unjust relationship between the powerful and the powerless worldwide in the fight for global justice.
Our Times Publishing
Independent Canadian labour magazine.
Vancouver Co-operative Radio
Vancouver Co-operative Radio, CFRO, 100.5FM is a non-commercial, co-operatively-owned, listener-supported, community radio station. Located in East Vancouver and with long-time roots in the Downtown E...
Zatoun
Zatoun is a NGO which brings fair trade olive oil from occupied Palestine. It highlights the plight of Palestinian farmers and the destruction of their livelihood. Olive oil is a basic food which remi...

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Zatoun
Zatoun is an NGO which brings fair trade olive oil from occupied Palestine. It highlights the plight of Palestinian farmers and the destruction of their livelihood. Olive oil is a basic food which reminds us of our common humanity...

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Collective farming
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Collective farming and communal farming are types of agricultural production in which the holdings of several farmers are run as a joint enterprise. This type of collective is essentially an agricultu...
The Hoito
Wikipedia article
The Hoito Restaurant (often referred to as “The Hoito” by locals) is a Finnish-Canadian restaurant in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada established in 1918 and housed in the bottom floor of the historic Fi...
May Day: workers of the world unite and take over -- their factories
Henley,Jon
2015
The co-operative movement is giving employees the chance to rebuild shuttered livelihoods.
Rochdale Principles
Wikipedia article
The Rochdale Principles are a set of ideals for the operation of cooperatives. They were first set out in 1844 by the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers in Rochdale, England and have formed the ba...

From the Connexions Archives

The Co-operative Union of Canada
Organization profile published 1976
Mulhall, Douglas; Rose, Bonnie; Et al.
Organization
1976
An educational and promotional organization for all cooperative projects.
Directory of Co-operatives
Periodical profile published 1982
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1982
Directory of Housing Co-operatives and Resource Groups
Periodical profile published 1982
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1982
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Intentional Communities
Website
Resource for intentional Communities including ecovillages, cohousing, residential land trusts, communes, student co-ops, urban housing cooperatives and other related projects.
The Main Street Group for Cooperative Development
Organization profile published 1978
Organization
1978
New Internationalist
Serial Publication (Periodical)
New Internationalist reports on issues of world poverty and inequality. We focus attention on the unjust relationship between the powerful and the powerless worldwide in the fight for global justice.
Ottawa Co-op Resource Group (Newsletter)
Sept 8, 1975 Vol II #1 - Periodical profile published 1976
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1976
A voluntary coalition interested in communal and co-operative forms.
Worker Co-operatives: An Introduction
Schnack, Kris; Jackson, Ted
Organization
1986
Schnack and Jackson introduce worker co-operatives to a broad constituency of the unemployed, underemployed, precarious workers, community organizations, women's groups, and church members. This is a ...