Cooperative Movement

All 4 Each: Co-ops in the Classroom

The Ontario Co-operative Association has successfully re-introduced education about co-operatives into classrooms in a unique and fun way.

Cooperatives: Principles and practices in the 21st century

Written by Kimberly A. Zueli and Robert Cropp, published by the University of Wisconsin, 2004.
This publication is the fourth and most extensive revision of the Marvin A. Schaars' text Cooperatives, Principles and Practices, University of Wisconsin Extension-Madison, Publication A1457, July 1980. What has come to be known simply as "the Schaars book. "was originally written in 1936 by Chris L. Christensen, Asher Hobson, Henry Bakken, R.K.

Co-ops 101: An Introduction to Cooperatives (USDA)

This report provides a comprehensive summary of basic information on the cooperative way of organizing and operating a business. It covers the nature and extent of the use of cooperatives, compares cooperatives to other business structures, explains the roles various people play in a cooperative, and discusses equity accumulation and income taxation.

Expanding Citizenship: Workplace Democracy and Civic Engagement in Food Co-ops

Presented by Cecile Reuge (University of Vermont & Vermont Workers' Center)

In the 1880s, the Knights of Labor, known as largest labor union in the world at the time, organized a network of almost 200 industrial cooperatives across the United States. Today, the presence of labor unions is at an all-time low. Meanwhile the cooperative movement continues to grow, but in whose best interest? This resource will explore the history of food cooperatives within the broader context of cooperative and labor movements as well as workers rights in food consumer cooperatives.

History of Housing Coops

Presented at NASCO Institute by Jim Jones (Collective Seeds Consulting Cooperative)

A history of group housing cooperatives in North America. A look at both student and community based cooperatives, starting in 1873 and continuing to the present. How did we all get here? Why aren't there co-ops like ours in other countries? What events in our country have influenced and affected our cooperatives?