South Mountain Company [a worker-owned co-op], an integrated architecture, engineering, design, and build firm, has been bringing renewable energy to Martha’s Vineyard for more than 40 years. Pioneers in the industry, SMC has developed a unique approach to integrating renewable technologies to make the most of available sustainable resources.

 

Building an economy that is truly just and resilient means putting worker ownership at the forefront of economic development policies. Local governments can play a critical role in cultivating a friendly policy environment for worker cooperative development. The question for cooperative advocates is, where do we start? This page provides some helpful resources for jump starting local campaigns to promote and remove barriers to worker-owned businesses.

Below, you will find:

On May 22, Twitter shareholders will vote on whether to investigate a radical proposal: Turning the social network into a cooperative owned by its users.

For 20 years, Janssen Hang’s family has made a living by farming rented land around the Twin Cities. But since the family never owned their own land, they often had to move between several different parcels, never fully reaping the benefits of their labor.

On Thursday March 23rd, Austin City Council passed a resolution directing the City Manager to come up with a broad range of policies to support Austin's cooperative economy. These policies include

Mayor Ras J. Baraka invites you to the 2017 Newark Cooperative Conference! Hear from a panel of leading experts as we explore national cooperative models and discuss the future of Newark’s worker-owned movement.

Limited SEATING | PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Panel Topics:

  • Housing Cooperatives

  • Worker Cooperatives

Peter Frank and Mo Manklang give a workshop on how to fund a co-op at CO-UP on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

This video was captured by Mike Sandmel from the New Economy Coalition. Thank you!

More videos from Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance

 

The Wales Co-operative Centre has the backing of the Welsh Government to create more organisations like this as part of its Care to Co-operate programme.

Derek Walker, chief executive of the Wales Co-operative Centre, said: "Social co-operatives aren't a silver bullet to the big pressures facing budgets.

"But they can play a role in a number of ways. They take the private profit out of the business - rather than going to distant shareholders they go back into the business.

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