Issue 2: Community Scale Economics
Resources for Cooperatives and Worker-Owned Businesses
We are grateful to Tim Huet, Director of the Center for Democratic Solutions, and Oakland-based co-op activist Hank Obermayer for providing most of the following resources.
Development and Support Organizations
Association of Arizmendi Cooperatives
1504 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709
Developing a mutually-supporting association of cooperative bakeries.
Center for Democratic Solutions
733 Baker Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
Educational, legal, and consulting services to worker cooperatives, primarily those in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Childspace Cooperative Development
5517 Greene Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Non-profit developer of worker cooperative childcare centers.
Cooperative Fund of New England
P.O. Box 3413
Amherst, MA 01004-3413
910-395-6008 / 800-818-7833
A community development loan fund that links socially responsible investors and cooperatives, community oriented non-profits, and worker-owned businesses.
GEO (Grassroots Economic Organizing) Newsletter
Ecological Democracy Institute of North America
RR1 Box 124A
Stillwater, PA 17878
ICA Group20 Park Plaza, Ste. 1127 Boston, MA 02116 617-338-0010
Consulting group for development of worker cooperatives.
The International Cooperative Alliance
International umbrella for cooperatives of all kind, having some useful information regarding worker cooperatives on their web site.
2869 38th Avenue
Oakland, CA 94619
Interconnected group of cooperatives and non-profits, based in Oakland, providing employment to people from low-income backgrounds.
National Center for Employee Ownership
201 Broadway, Suite 807
Oakland, CA 94612
Non-profit with a focus on ESOPs (Employee Stock Ownership Plans) as an ownership vehicle.
National Cooperative Bank and NCB Development Corporation
1401 Eye Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
202-336-7700 / 800-955-9622
For questions related to cooperative development and enterprises contact Terry Lewis at 202-336-7750, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lending and, in limited circumstances, granting to a range of cooperatives, including worker cooperatives.
National Cooperative Business Association/ Cooperative Development Foundation
1401 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005
202-638-6222, F: 202-638-1374
National cooperative trade association and foundation serving range of cooperatives, including worker cooperatives.
National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives
6320 Augusta Drive, Suite 802-c
Springfield, VA 22150
703-569-3088, F: 703-569-0235
Primarily serving agricultural and consumer cooperatives, but with resources relevant to worker cooperatives.
The Network of Bay Area Worker Collectives (NOBAWC)
415-974-8985, ext. 433
A coalition of worker cooperatives/collectives in San Francisco Bay Area.
Ohio Employee Ownership CenterPO Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001
330-672-3028, F: 330-672-4063
Information and technical assistance for employees, unions, managers, and owners interested in implementing employee ownership in Ohio.
University of California Center for Cooperatives
University of California
One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616
530-752-2408, F: 530-752-5451
Education, research, and development assistance to meet the needs of cooperatives, their members, and the public.
The University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives
University of Wisconsin Madison
230 Taylor Hall, 427 Lorch Street
Madison, WI 53706
608-262-3981, F: 608-262-3251
Educational programs, technical assistance, and research on the cooperative form of business.
Women's Action to Gain Economic Security (WAGES)
Post Office Box 390771
Mountain View, CA 94039
Assisting low-income women to form and operate worker cooperatives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Centre for the Study of Cooperatives at the University of Saskatchewan
Cooperative business listserver
Cooperatives & Cooperation, University of Colorado
English-language edition of Mondragon Cooperative Corporation
Putting Democracy to Work: A Practical Guide for Starting and Managing Worker-Owned Businesses,
Adams, Frank T. and Gary B. Hansen.
1992. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, San Francisco.
Steps to Starting a Worker Co-op, 1997.
Hansen, Gary, E. Kim Coontz, and Audrey Malan.
Published and available through UC-Davis Center for Cooperatives.
We Own It: Starting and Managing Cooperatives & Employee Owned Ventures, 1991.
Honigsberg, Peter Jan, Bernard Kamoroff, and Jim Beatty.
Bell Springs Publishing, Laytonville, California.(available through the Center for Democratic Solutions, San Francisco)
Center for Cooperatives, University of California. California Cooperative
Directory and Resource Guide, 1991.
From Mondragon to America: Experiments in Community Economic Development
University College of Cape Breton, 1998
Putting Democracy to Work : A Practical Guide for Starting and Managing Worker-Owned Businesses
Frank T. Adams, Gary B. Hansen, Gene Taback
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 1993
Democracy in the Workplace: Three Worker-Owned Businesses in Action
(Video, 27 minutes)
The worker-owners of three successful businesses show what it's like to work collectively and manage a business in a truly democratic way.
Robert Purdy and Margot Smith
(Available from Off Center Video, Berkeley, California.
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