Reclaiming Work: Can Cooperatives Overthrow The Gig Economy?

By Shyam Krishna, Red Pepper. -

The pandemic has brought into focus the stark conditions and precarity faced by workers in the gig-economy. When the dust settles, can these workers who were at the frontlines of this crisis [...]

Why Banking Needs A Co-operative Revolution

By Iwan Doherty, Mutual Interest. -

You’d struggle to find anyone who believes our current banking sector was the ideal one for producing and maintaining a strong and just economy. The 2008 crisis showed how unstable, and vital to [...]

Tenants Buy Properties From Negligent Landlord Who Tried To Evict Them

By Max Nesterak, Minnesota Reformer.   -

Thirty-eight families in south Minneapolis will gain ownership of their five apartment buildings after spending years battling with their landlord, Stephen Frenz, who had been trying to evict [...]

Cooperation Humboldt And The Solidarity Economy

By Margaret Kimberley, Intrepid Report. -

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed all of the inconvenient truths about life in the United States. It is no longer possible to hide the disconnect between myths of a great and advanced society [...]

Tales Of A DisCO

By Timothy McKeon and Sara Escribano, Grassroots Economy Organizing   -

DisCOs are a commons-oriented, feminist, cooperative way for people to work together. A set of ideals and criteria for ensuring that patterns of oppression and violence that permeate our society [...]

Building A Community: Manufactured Home Residents Go Co-Op

By Maureen Milliken, -

When residents at Charter Oaks Village, a manufactured home community on the Biddeford-Arundel line, got a letter a year ago saying the property was going to be sold, it was a punch in the gut. [...]

Cooperatives For Economic Justice In Black America

By Staff, -

The Freedom Quilting Bee was established in 1967 in Alabama. It is a handicraft cooperative founded by Black women in sharecropping families who needed to supplement their meager incomes, [...]

The Push To Create Co-ops Is Energizing A New Generation Of Socialists

By Richard D Wolff, -

On the other hand, socialism was the name adopted by Western European — and especially Scandinavian — “welfare-state” governments, which aimed to regulate markets comprised still mostly of [...]

The Flexibility Of The Worker Co-op Model

By Wendy Keats, -

Worker co-operatives are businesses that are owned by the employees. Workers pool their skills and resources to create a business in which they are both the owners and the employees. From the [...]

Community Newspaper Becomes Reader-Owned Cooperative

By Nithin Coca, -

In Akron, Ohio, an unlikely publication is taking a bold step toward sustainability — not through traditional financial avenues, but by offering ownership of the paper to the community. The Devil [...]

Co-ops: By The Community, For The Community

By Chad Rupe, -

At home, her family in Barnes County, N.D., often relied on a cell phone hotspot. However, their ability to access information was frequently constrained by their phone plan’s data limits. Tina [...]

Against The Ecosystem

By Josh Davis, -

What is it? Why, “the cooperative ecosystem,” of course! And more specifically, the “worker cooperative ecosystem.” It’s a lovely phrase, isn’t it? Evoking scenes of natural beauty and symbiosis [...]

Union Cab Of Madison 40 Years On

By John McNamara, -

I joined Union Cab when I was 24 and left when I was 50. Including two leaves of absence, I spent 25 years, 11 months, and 13 days as a voting member of Union Cab. I still own non-voting stock [...]

Developing Cooperatives Is Important Social Change Work

By Tim Huet, -

When my colleagues, the editors of this publication, asked me to write a brief piece explaining why I got into cooperative development, I responded that this posed a perhaps insurmountable [...]

How Domestic Workers Built America’s First Co-Op Franchise

By Aaron Fernando, -

The United States currently has an infinitesimally small sector of worker-owned cooperative businesses, accounting for only 6,800 workers out of a labor force of over 160 million. Although US [...]