Reading

ALIF Partners: A Story of Innovation — Dan Mathews
Platform co-operatives, like Stocksy, or New Generation Co-ops, like Westlock Terminals, are examples of the versatility of the co-op model. ALIF Partners, a consulting firm based in Edmonton, Alberta, is another impressive innovation on the model … more >>

A Better Co-op Democracy Without Elections? — Terry Bouricius
All large co-operative and membership organizations that seek to govern themselves democratically face a perennial problem … more >>

Building a Cooperative Solidarity Commonwealth — Jessica Gordon Nembhard
The next system that we need, and that hopefully we are moving toward, is a co-operative commonwealth within interlocking local solidarity economies … more >>

Building the Co-op Movement Base with Investment Clubs — Matt Cropp
A perennial conversation in various corners of the co-op world centers on what, exactly, we are … more >>

BuyThisPlatform: Twitter Explores Co-op Capitalism — James McRitchie
Now, through #BuyTwitter@BuyThisPlatform, Twitter is being called on to explore its own form of corporate governance …  more >>

Can a New Worker-Owned Platform Create a More Equitable Sharing Economy? — Alissa Quart
The Coopify app lets you order things like house cleaning or babysitting right from your phone … more >>

Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice — Jessica Gordon Nembhard
Reviewers have praised this book as “path-breaking,” offering “profoundly important guidance,” with originality that is “substantial” … more  >>

Concern for Community: The Relevance of Co-operatives to Peace — Ian MacPherson and Yehudah Paz
A new e-book on the history, theory, and practice of co-operatives and peace … more >>

A co-op compass — or how to measure progress when you are different — Ed Mayo
Co-operatives are unusual businesses because all the usual pathways and signs don’t necessarily point in the right direction for them … more >>

The Cooperative Economy — Gar Alperovitz
Can the co-operative economy provide the seeds for a system that isn’t capitalism and isn’t socialism, but something entirely new? … more >>

Co-operatives in a Global Economy: The Challenges of Co-operation across Borders — Darryl Reed and JJ McMurtry, eds.
Co-ops face a variety of problems common to all firms, but encounter specific challenges due to their value commitments, forms of incorporation, and organizational structures … more >>

Cooperativism around the World: Opportunities and Challenges — Bülent Temel, ed.
This book examines the historical trajectories of co-operative movements in select countries … more >>

Credit Unions Significantly Impacted by 2017 Provincial Budget — Annette Bester
The 22 March 2017 Saskatchewan budget will have a significant impact on credit unions going forward … more >>

Developing a Coop-Commons Alliance for a Collaborative Equitable and Participatory Economy: Cooperative digital platforms — Nicole Alix
Digital platforms are at the heart of the so-called “collaborative” economy … more >>

Everyone is talking at me … is anyone listening?
Governmental and other communications services should focus less on getting their message across and learn to listen to the public … more >>

First-ever investment co-op launched for organic ag sector
The Organic & Regenerative Investment Co-operative aims to provide a platform for people to invest in successful organic farms and businesses across Australia … more >>

For All the People: Uncovering the Hidden History of Cooperation, Cooperative Movements, and Communalism in America John Curl
This dramatic account examines each of the definitive American co-operative movements for social changes that have been all but erased from collective memory … more >>

From Platform to Open Cooperativism — Stacco Troncoso and Marie Utratel
Platform Cooperativism and Open Cooperativism marry the power of digital networks with the rich history of the co-operative movement … more >>

The Future of Consumer Society: Prospects for Sustainability in the New Economy — Maurie J. Cohen
For a significant part of the twentieth century, the manufacturing economy generated unprecedented material prosperity in the United States … more >>

The Hidden Alternative: Co-operative Values, Past, Present, and Future — Anthony Webster, Alyson Brown, David Stewart, John K. Walton, and Linda Shaw, eds.
In harsh economic and political times, the Co-operative College has produced a book giving reasons for hope … more >>

Humanizing the Economy: Co-operatives in the Age of Capital — John Restakis
An excellent, easily accessible read for anyone interested in the movement towards an alternative and equitable economy … more >>

The Importance of Cross-Community Partnerships
Operating in rural or remote communities requires innovative approaches to achieve sustainable economic, business, and community development … more >>

Learning from Emilia Romagna’s cooperative economy — Vera Negri Zamagni
Co-operatives in Italy have a strong position in many sectors of the economy, but they are not so well-known in North America because the Italian model of business has not found a receptive audience in the US … more >>

Life in Practice
Elizabeth Station interviews Richard Sennett about his latest book, Together: The Rituals, Pleasures, and Politics of Cooperationmore >>

Living Economics: Canadian Perspectives on the Social Economy, Co-operatives, and Community Economic Development — JJ McMurtry, ed.
This book is the first to present the various perspectives being used to explore and analyze this “third sector” of the economy … more >>

“Motion M-100 Adopted in Unanimity by House of Commons” — 5 April 2017 … more >>

A New Wrinkle in the Gig Economy: Workers Get Most of the Money — Amy Cortese
Stocksy is part of a new wave of start-ups that are borrowing the tools of Silicon Valley to create a more genuine “sharing” economy … more >>

Open Co-ops: Inspiration, Legal Structures & Tools — Daksheeta Pattni
Co-ops that combine best practices from the international co-operative movement with best practices from the open source software and hardware communities are now possible … more >>

Organizational Listening: The Missing Essential in Public Communication — Jim Macnamara
A research study has found that organisations listen “sporadically, selectively, and sometimes not at all” to citizens, stakeholders and publics … more >>

Ours to Hack and to Own: The Rise of Platform Cooperativism, A New Vision for the Future of Work and a Fairer Internet — Trebor Scholz and Nathan Schneider, eds.
Scholz and Schneider argue for a new kind of online economy that combines the rich heritage of co-operatives with the promise of twenty-first-century technologies … more >>

The Oxford Handbook of Mutual, Co-operative and Co-owned Businesses — Rebecca Harvey
New handbook explores the resilience of co-ops and their ongoing popularity … more >>

People-Centered Businesses: Co-operatives, Mutuals and the Idea of Membership — Johnston Birchall
This book explores the growing number of companies that use a people-centred as opposed to a money-centred model … more >>

Platform Cooperativism vs. the Sharing Economy — Trebor Scholz
Platform co-operativism can invigorate genuine sharing and does not have to reject the market … more >>

Reversing the Lies of the Sharing Economy — Brett Scott
There’s nothing resembling a “sharing economy” in an Uber interaction … more >>

Revitalizing Western Canadian Rural Communities through New Generation Co-operatives
New Generation Co-operatives allow farmers and ranchers to invest in a downstream value-added business that purchases its commodities at fair market value, keeps the investment in the community, and increases the purchase value … more >>

The Rise of a Cooperatively Owned Internet — Nathan Schneider
Platform cooperatives weren’t something one could even call for until Trebor Scholz put the term on the map … more >>

A Shareable Explainer: What is a Platform Co-op? — Maira Sutton, Cat Johnson, and Neal Gorenflo
A platform co-op is a digital platform that is collectively owned and governed by the people who depend on and participate in it … more >>

Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation — Richard Sennett
Online social networks have given us a thousand ways to make connections with our fellow creatures. This is potentially very bad news for co-operation.… more >>

Uberworked and Underpaid: How Workers Are Disrupting the Digital Economy — Trebor Scholz
One of network culture’s toughest critics chronicles the work of workers in the “sharing economy” … more >>

Want to reinvent the future? Another economy is possible — Paul Mason
From banks where time is a currency, to rebel cities using IT to benefit their citizens, a new book explores the framework for an alternative economy … more >>

Youth Reinventing Co-operatives: Young Perspectives on the International Co-operative Movement — Julia Smith, Robin Puga, and Ian MacPherson, eds.
This book explores the ways youth in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America think about and use co-operatives to meet their economic and social needs … more >>

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