Reading

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

The Co-operative Firm: Keywords — Andrea Bernardi and Salvatore Monni
This book uses the ‘traditional’ structure of a dictionary to present a series of ‘keywords,’ with the aim of helping us to gain a greater understanding of co-operative enterprises.… 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 >>

Empowering Electricity: Co-operatives, Sustainability, and Power Sector Reform in Canada — Julie MacArthur
Canada is known for being an energy-producing nation — with much attention being paid to the Alberta tar sands and their large carbon footprint. This book looks at a very different part of the Canadian energy sector: the hundreds of renewable energy co-ops that have sprung up across the nation … 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 >>

An Introduction to Cooperation and Mutualism — Michael Boland
This textbook introduces readers to the idea of cooperation and mutualism. Cooperatives and mutuals are participatory organizations in which members participate in control and governance, receive economic benefits through patronage refunds or net income, and become owners through equity. 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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