Category:Cooperatives

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


Introduction

* 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:  http://www.shareable.net/blog/co-ops-are-big-business-charles-gould-interview
  2. feature story about cooperatives, "Meet the New Boss: You": http://www.shareable.net/blog/meet-the-new-boss-you 


Typology

  1. Worker-Owned Cooperatives
  2. Consumer-Owned Cooperatives
  3. Housing Cooperatives
  4. Credit Unions
  5. Food Cooperatives
  6. Farmer’s Cooperatives


Statistics

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." (http://www.shareable.net/blog/2012-international-year-of-the-co-op)


UK

"The scale and impact of the UK’s mutual sector is revealed in the recently published Mutuals Yearbook, launched by campaigning group Mutuo at its annual conference in London.

Despite the recession, mutual businesses and organisations are set to achieve record revenue figures of £116 billion – a £4bn increase on last year’s total. Mutuo calculates that there are 17,897 mutuals in the country – a small drop on the 2011 figure – and over a million people employed in the sector. Altogether, according to the Yearbook, there are 5,933 co-ops in the UK; 338 Co-operative Trust schools; 9,006 clubs and societies; 184 football and rugby supporters trusts; 250 employee-owned businesses; 55 mutual insurers and friendly societies; 47 mutual building societies; 424 credit unions; 144 NHS Foundation Trusts and 1,516 housing associations." (http://empowerus.co/)

Related Wiki sections


Key Recourses

How-To

Creating coops in the digital age:

  1. Worker Coop toolbox: http://www.cccd.coop/files/worker_coop_toolbox.pdf
  2. A Technology Freelancer’s Guide to Starting a Worker Cooperative: http://electricembers.net/pubs/TechCoopHOWTO.pdf
  3. Steps to Starting a Worker Coop: http://www.cccd.coop/files/Steps%20to%20Starting%20a%20Worker%20Coop.pdf


Key Books


  • Recommended by Pat Conaty:

"Recent books on Co-operative Economy solutions including:

  1. John Restakis, Humanising the Economy,
  2. Richard Sennett's book Together,
  3. John Curl's book For All the People,
  4. Bruno Roelants Capital and the Debt Trap. and
  5. Gar Alperovitz's latest book (2013) What Then Must We Do?


Reports

Key Videos

  1. Stefano Zamagni on Cooperatives as a Counterpoint to Corporatism
  2. Robin Murray on the Future of Co-operation

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