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Cooperatives

When the workers are the owners.

7 Cool Companies 7 Cool Companies
by Gar Alperovitz, Steve Dubb, Ted Howard
7 of the best current models for changing who owns, controls and benefits from business. Profits can flow to workers, consumers or the community - not just outside investors. And these businesses succeed.
The Change Makers The Change Makers
Inspiring stories in their own words from community members who are co-operating to effect social change in the Americas.
Venezuela's Co-op Boom Venezuela's Co-op Boom
by Michael Fox
The boom of cooperatives in Venezuela is promoting employment and social justice at a grassroots level.
Financing Hope Financing Hope
by Tracy Fernandez Rysavy, Prianjali Mascarenhas
After Katrina, a local credit union got Jerry Moore and others on their feet.
#5 :: Organic Farming Cooperatives #5 :: Organic Farming Cooperatives
The Bronx, New York: Quality Job, Quality     Care The Bronx, New York: Quality Job, Quality Care
by Eric Laursen
Cooperative Home Care Associates offers home health care services with motivated employee owners and a cooperative that is growing.
An Interpretation of Life An Interpretation of Life
by Frances Moore Lappé
Frances Moore Lappe visits North-Central Italy to learn how cooperatives have succeeded in driving the local economy
Entrepreneurs of cooperation Entrepreneurs of cooperation
by Jonathan Rowe
After the 1929 crash, workers created a cooperative economy, using industrial leftovers and ingenuity. It was called the Unemployed Exchange Association or UXA. What could we do with that cooperative model today?
Omar Freilla: Green Worker     Cooperative Omar Freilla: Green Worker Cooperative
by Carolyn McConnell
The story of a worker owned cooperative to recycle in South Bronx.
Java Justice Java Justice
by Dee Axelrod
A Jewish Ugandan coffee farmer partners with Christian and Muslim neighbors to produce jobs, understanding, and a great coffee. Thanksgivingcoffee.com
Of, By and For Seniors: Japanese Seniors Co-operatives Of, By and For Seniors: Japanese Seniors Co-operatives
by Robert Marshall
Japanese families are getting smaller while the ranks of the aged are growing. A co-operative has stepped into this vacuum, connecting thousands of elders who have something to give and something to receive.
Cheese, Bread, and Thou Cheese, Bread, and Thou
by The Cheese Board Collective
A small cheese shop in Berkeley has become a community hub and a thriving model of worker ownership.
Eco-clean Homes Eco-clean Homes
by Pam Chang
What if house cleaning weren’t a thankless, low-paid, toxic job? Mayda Iglesias co-founded a cooperative that does eco-friendly cleaning. Business is great, her clients are happy, her health has improved, and her leadership is widely recognized.
Breaking Down Buildings, Building Up a Neighborhood Breaking Down Buildings, Building Up a Neighborhood
by Holly Dressel
The suicide economy is all too ready to cast off used material, disadvantaged people, and troubled neighborhoods. These living economy entrepreneurs are turning throwaways into gold.
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