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Tools and case studies for starting co-ops!

Check out this simple website that has amassed a large collection of cooperative-related articles, videos, case studies and tools specific to the US (with a few for Canada). Read the startup guides, watch some TED talks and see who is offering classes and job opportunities. This is the place to be for up-to-date […]

Community-based Cooperatives: Case Studies in the U.S. and Canada

These Neighbors Got Together to Buy Vacant Buildings. Now They’re Renting to Bakers and Brewers

This excellent article tells the story of two neighborhood economic cooperatives who are proving that this model can not only provide a return for investors but enliven an area and create jobs. The first is […]

Holacracy Case Study: Voys/Spindle Telecom

Read this Holacracy article by Mark Vletter of Voys/Spindle Telecom to get a wonderful feel of what this system of governance can offer a growing company. He acknowledges that Holacracy is not easy to implement, but that its benefits far outweigh the learning curve. He shares advice and some of the positive […]

Interview with Jessica Gordon Newbhard: Cooperative Economics of the Civil Rights Movement

Read The Next System Project’s interview with Jessica Gordon Nembhard to learn about the fascinating and extremely effective systems that Black people set up during the civil rights movement in direct contradiction to the current capitalism models. Men unionized and worked, and women studied and kept the co-ops and money flowing within […]

Kickstarter goes B-Corp

Listen to this video where Yancey Strickler, the CEO of Kickstarter, announces that his company will become a Public Benefit Corporation, which is more binding than the voluntary B Corp. To be certified as a B Corp, any for-profit entity is on its honor to report its social and environmental record, whereas […]

Podcast: Right Livelihood with Ben Weiss, Dave Jacke, and Charles Eisenstein

Check out this awesome new podcast from The Permaculture Podcast by Scott Mann, featuring some of the best-known permies and right-livelihood advocates. Hear each of them share their candid thoughts on our current culture and what it would take for us to change for the better. They take on Permaculture as a concept, […]

Bioneers: Local Living Economies Video with Judy Wicks

Check out this remarkable video by Judy Wicks taken from a Bioneers conference talking about her local, sustainable business (The White Dog Café). She takes us through her activism and decisions in making her cafe more sustainable from paying a living wage to using green energy to making sure all her products were […]