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Cooperatives

When the workers are the owners.

Bikes! Co-Ops! Voyages of Self-Discovery! This Project Brings Together Everything You Love Bikes! Co-Ops! Voyages of Self-Discovery! This Project Brings Together Everything You Love
In the summers of 2012 and 2013, a group of college students and recent grads bicycled across America, visiting cooperative businesses and re-imagining the country they were about to inherit.
Own the Change: Building Economic Democracy One Worker Co-op at a Time Own the Change: Building Economic Democracy One Worker Co-op at a Time
Take a sneak peek at “Own the Change,” a new documentary about worker-owned cooperatives. We’ll be running the full film here at YES! next week.
After Years Without a Grocery Store, Greensboro Neighbors Are Building One Themselves—And They’ll Own It After Years Without a Grocery Store, Greensboro Neighbors Are Building One Themselves—And They’ll Own It
by Dave Reed
Fed up with essentially begging for access to quality food, residents of this predominantly African-American and low-income neighborhood decided to open their own grocery store.
Three Moves for a Bigger, Stronger Worker-Owned Economy Three Moves for a Bigger, Stronger Worker-Owned Economy
by Alison Lingane
While worker-owned co-ops provide a significant chunk of employment in several European countries, in the United States we still have a ways to go. Fortunately, opportunities for growth are everywhere.
What Housing Organizers in Buffalo Learned from the ’70s What Housing Organizers in Buffalo Learned from the ’70s
by Aaron Bartley
Why did some of the cooperative institutions built in the ’70s—especially food co-ops—get to scale and thrive in subsequent decades, while others faded away?
With an Economy that Worked for All, Mike Brown Would Still Be Alive With an Economy that Worked for All, Mike Brown Would Still Be Alive
by Ed Whitfield
“Our full humanity is expressed only when we have the capacity and the opportunity to be productive, to do for ourselves, meeting our needs in our communities.”
Want to Build an Economy that Works for Everybody? Next Week, We’re All About It Want to Build an Economy that Works for Everybody? Next Week, We’re All About It
by Mary Hansen
Next Monday, YES! and the New Economy Coalition kick off New Economy Week—five days of national conversation about the ideas, strategies, and projects that make up the movement.
New Economy Week: Topics of Conversation New Economy Week: Topics of Conversation
On each of the five days of New Economy Week, we’ll be hosting articles, essays, and public conversation about one aspect of the new economy. We’ll link to all five days from this page.
Workers in Maine Buy Out Their Jobs, Set an Example for the Nation Workers in Maine Buy Out Their Jobs, Set an Example for the Nation
by Rob Brown, Noemi Giszpenc, Brian Van Slyke
For the new worker-owners of the Island Employee Cooperative, the transformation into a co-op will create profound changes in their lives.
Video: Inside America's Largest Worker-Owned Co-op Video: Inside America's Largest Worker-Owned Co-op
What does it take to keep a massive co-op growing? Find out in this video profile of the people behind Cooperative Health Care Associates.
How America's Largest Worker Owned Co-Op Lifts People Out of Poverty How America's Largest Worker Owned Co-Op Lifts People Out of Poverty
by Laura Flanders
Cooperative Home Care Associates' 2,300 workers enjoy good wages, regular hours, and family health insurance. With an investment of $1.2 million into the cooperative sector, New York City is hoping to build on the group's success.
Gar Alperovitz on Why the New Economy Movement Needs to Think Big Gar Alperovitz on Why the New Economy Movement Needs to Think Big
by Scott Gast
His new book, "What Then Must We Do?" imagines how a new economic system might actually emerge, from the bottom up, in the next few decades.
Worker-Owned Co-ops Get $1 Million in NYC Spending Worker-Owned Co-ops Get $1 Million in NYC Spending
by Liz Pleasant
New York City's newly approved budget allocates $1.2 million for developing and supporting worker-owned cooperative businesses.
Will Jackson, Miss., Be the New Co-op Capital of the South? Will Jackson, Miss., Be the New Co-op Capital of the South?
Three months after the death of Jackson's radical mayor, the city's residents are working to make his vision of cooperative economics a reality.
This Omaha Bike Shop Is Training a New Generation of Cyclists This Omaha Bike Shop Is Training a New Generation of Cyclists
"Pretty soon they're using it to travel downtown and expand their understanding of the community they live in."
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