What are some advantages and disadvantages of cooperatives changing to a cooperation what would be the major reason to do so
American Worker Cooperative Following the success of this summer's Eastern conference, the bi-annual 2013 Western Workers Co-op Conference is hot on its heels. The September 2nd through 4th event will be held at the worker-owned Breitenbush Hotsprings in Detroit, Oregon. 28 Questions for Coop FoundersAre you starting a new coop or coop conversion?
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artwork by Ricardo Levins MoralesThis isn’t some obscure utopian fantasy from the 1970’s. Worker cooperatives exist all over the world in all industries large and small, from home health care in the Bronx to manufacturing in Spain. By workers having a direct role in decision-making and a share of all profits, worker cooperatives build community wealth and help make a democratic economy real. Why Worker Cooperatives? - Green Worker Cooperatives
A cooperative ("coop") or co-operative ("co-op") is an autonomous association of persons who voluntarily cooperate for their mutual social, economic, and cultural benefit. Cooperatives include non-profit community organizations and businesses that are owned and managed by the people who use its services (a consumer cooperative) or by the people who work there (a worker cooperative) or by the people who live there (a housing cooperative), hybrids such as worker cooperatives that are also consumer cooperatives or credit unions, multi-stakeholder cooperatives such as those that bring together civil society and local actors to deliver community needs, and second and third tier cooperatives whose members are other cooperatives. The International Co-operative Alliance was the first international association formed by the movement. It includes the World Council of Credit Unions.
This guide outlines the process of organizing and financing a cooperative business. Rather than being a complete handbook, this publication represents the most important elements to consider when forming a cooperative. It lists what special expertise is necessary, and where to look for help. Earlier versions of this publication emphasized working with groups of agricultural producers to develop markets and sources of supply for farm operators. This version has been broadened to also include nonfarm cooperative applications. the cooperative business structure, already shown to be successful in agriculture, also has been useful in helping others obtain desired benefits or provide needed services in areas like housing, utilities, finance, health care, child care, and small business support. How to Start a Cooperative