As Rozzie Bound explores the possibility of becoming a worker and consumer owned cooperative, we want to provide some helpful resources about cooperatives. You can also read about the Eight Cooperative Principals utilized by cooperatives around the world.

Cooperative and Solidarity Economy Bookshelf

We have created a new virtual bookshelf with dozens of great books about cooperatives, democratic workplaces, and the growing Solidarity Economy movement. Members of our Cooperative Steering Committee have all been given copies of Collective Courage: A History of African American Economic Though and Practice, by Prof. Jessica Gordon Nembhard, which is also available on our Bookshop site.

Click here to check out the bookshelf.

Cooperative Organizations and Enterprises in Greater Boston

Cooperative Businesses Build a Better World

  • Cooperative businesses are owned and democratically controlled by their members – the people who use the co-op’s services or buy its goods – not by outside investors. ​
  • Co-op members elect their board of directors from within the membership.
  • Co-ops return surplus revenues to members proportionate to their use of the cooperative, not proportionate to their “investment” or ownership share.
  • Co-ops are motivated not by profit, but by service-to meet their members’ needs for affordable and high quality goods or services; Exist solely to serve their members.

Source: Buffalo Street Books, a consumer owned cooperative in Ithaca, NY.