General Cooperative Resources
UWCC provides original research, holds an annual conference on cooperatives, and gives background information on different sectors.
Outlines different arguments for the promotion of cooperatives in the fight to develop jobs and promote equality in America. Contains several case studies about different types of cooperatives.
A consolidation of the economic data collected by the Cooperative Center related to the economic activity performed by cooperatives in the United States.
A list of papers available for download or purchase.
Resources for cooperatives in the Northeast. Includes a Q&A style navigation.
A training organization for members of cooperatives. The Shared Resource Library includes member-produced documents.
Definition, values, and principles of the cooperatives.
Provides graduate level curricula on cooperatives in a wiki-format.
The European region of the International Cooperative Alliance.
Supports the development of cooperatives by providing literature about successful cooperatives and help for those looking to start cooperatives, and conducts research on the cooperative movement. Offers a map with links to cooperative development centers located across the country.
Provides help and information for people who want to develop cooperatives in rural areas, as well as information about potential funding and links to research about the cooperative movement.
A summary of the way the cooperative movement has moved throughout the Aboriginal communities in North and South Quebec, and discusses the cooperative movement and its connection to Aboriginal desires for independence.
Food and Producer Cooperatives
See also: Food and Agriculture
“The Coop Directory Service is an online source of information about natural food co-ops.”
The United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives is a national grassroots membership organization of and for worker cooperatives, democratic workplaces, and organizations that support the growth and development of worker cooperatives.
“This paper argues that worker cooperatives are prone to redistribution among members, and that this redistribution distorts incentives.”
Includes cooperatives, non-cooperative businesses, and other bodies.
The Evergreen Cooperative Initiative uses anchor institutions as a basis for development of worker cooperatives.
Describes the form and distinguishing aspects of worker cooperatives and discusses their presence in the United States. Includes a short literature review about the impact of employee-ownership on firms, employees, and communities, and suggests reasons for the rarity of worker cooperatives. Concludes with a discussion of the implications for employee-owned cooperative development in Iowa and provides suggestions for future research.
A resource guide for immigrants and potential immigrant coop developers. Gives background on worker cooperatives and principles, integrates many case studies throughout, and provides analysis and advice on the following topics: methods of organizing worker coops; legal icorporation forms and their advantages/drawbacks; different structural arrangements; management and governance; funding; and developing financial sustainability.
Analyzes the advantages of worker cooperatives for immigrants and refugees, as well as the limitations that this population faces when attempting to develop coops. Discusses strategies for immigrant worker coop development.
Discusses three pathways for developing effective management of immigrant worker coops: internal promotion of immigrant coop members, recruiting recent immigrant college graduates, and encouraging participant-developers. Reviews the author’s own experience as founder/ participant-developer of TeamWorks Cooperatives.
Motivating principles for the Asian Arts Initiative.
History of a Philadelphia artist cooperative.
About a Philadelphia artist cooperative.
Background on the Vox Populi artist cooperative.
About “a women’s co-operative founded in 1984 for the welfare of disadvantaged women and children.”
Child and Healthcare Cooperatives
The paper aims “to characterize the impact of the Coop de solidarité en soins et services de Saint-Camille’s activities on the community using the ﬁve dimensions pertaining to social cohesion — territoriality, accessibility of services, employability, democracy, and connectivity.”
“This case study looks at how a small rural community in Québec has aimed to reverse the trend of rural de-population, and rebuild services and economic opportunities for local people.”
History and background on healthcare cooperatives.
Links to healthcare cooperative information.
Cooperatives and Public Policy
A prominent organization related to the cooperative movement located in the Washington, DC area. Contains information about cooperative funding opportunities in the United States and around the world.
Text of the ILO’s Recommendation concerning Promotion of Cooperatives, which seeks to advise labour organizations on the promotion of cooperative development in their countries.