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For the definition, typology and more, see our entry on Cooperatives


* Special Issue: Affinities Journal, Vol 4, No 1 (2010): The New Cooperativism [1]

Selection of articles:

  1. The Cooperative Movement in Century 21. John Curl [2]
  2. Commons and Cooperatives. Greig de Peuter, Nick Dyer-Witheford [3]
  3. Social Centres and the New Cooperativism of the Common. Andre Pusey [4]
  4. A Buzz between Rural Cooperation and the Online Swarm. Andrew Gryf Paterson [5]

  • Shareable commisioned these articles to help educate the general public about the value of cooperatives in creating democratic societies.
  1. an interview with Chuck Gold of ICA about the Int'l Year of  the Coop:
  2. feature story about cooperatives, "Meet the New Boss: You": 


1. Did you know that [6]:

  • One billion people are members of cooperatives?
  • The 300 largest cooperatives have sales totaling more than $1 trillion per year?
  • Cooperative enterprises employ 100 million people worldwide, 20 percent more than multinational enterprises? [7]

2. Jay Walljasper:

"more than 800 million people around the world belong to one of these economic networks. Coops flourish in all sectors of modern society proving that sharing is a practical economic model. They represent a commons-based alternative to both the private market and state controlled enterprises.

Four in ten Canadians are coop members (70 percent in the province of Quebec). In the U.S. 25 percent of the population belongs to at least one coop ranging from credit unions to food coops to major firms like REI and Land O’ Lakes dairy, according to the International Co-Operative Alliance In Belgium, coops account for 20 percent of pharmacies: in Brazil, 37 percent of all agricultural production is from coops; in Singapore, coops account for 55 percent of supermarket purchases; in Bolivia, one credit union handles 25 percent of all savings; in Korea and Japan, 90 percent of farmers belong to coops; in Kenya, coops account for 45 percent of the GDP; in Finland, 34 percent of forestry products, 74 percent of meat and 96 percent of dairy products come from coops.

Around the world, coops provide 100 million jobs, 20 percent more than multinational companies." (

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Key Resourses

2012: International Year of Cooperatives:

"2012 is the UN's International Year of Cooperatives. As one of the many celebrations around the world to commemorate this year of the cooperative, EURICSE, in collaboration with the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA), is spearheading the initiative (, where one cooperative from anywhere in the world is featured everyday--a different coop each day for the entire year. By the end of this year, EURICSE and the ICA will have collected 366 stories. will remain as a depository of cooperative memory, and the ICA will later be publishing some of these stories in a book for posterity."


Creating coops in the digital age:

  1. Worker Coop toolbox:
  2. A Technology Freelancer’s Guide to Starting a Worker Cooperative:
  3. Steps to Starting a Worker Coop:


  1. Stefano Zamagni on Cooperatives as a Counterpoint to Corporatism



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