Session materials from “Do We Own It?,” presented by Noah Compo at NASCO Institute 2016.
It's a familiar site in housing cooperatives, stickers and t-shirts proudly declaring "WE OWN IT". But...do we? In this session we will examine the topic of ownership as both a legal and cultural issue. We will explore how notions of ownership affect community investment, social psychology, and agency within formal systems. We will look at various cooperative ownership models, differences between ownership, control, and use, and discuss ways to build a stronger sense of ownership among co-op members. Finally, we will ask "Who is we?" within the broader context of the cooperative movement and the changing economy.