RESCHEDULED for Jan. 24: Boston City Council Hearing on Cooperatives

RESCHEDULED for Jan. 24: Boston City Council Hearing on Cooperatives

After 2 years of planning and organizing, the Greater Boston Chamber of Cooperatives has garnered enough support from our city officials to hold a City Council Hearing on cooperatives. The purpose of the hearing is to discuss the role of cooperative businesses and housing in creating a more just, sustainable and democratic Boston economy. The chamber’s lead organizer, Matt Meyer, stated that   “This is a rare opportunity to make a dramatic difference in the cooperative…

Celebrating National Co-op Month

Celebrating National Co-op Month

Had you heard about cooperatives before you got to know A Yard & A Half Landscaping Cooperative? October is the month to spread the word about the benefits of cooperatives and celebrate the co-op movement! This month we’re celebrating National Cooperative Month along with 40,000 other cooperative businesses serving more than 120 million people nationwide. Still not quite sure what co-ops are all about? Officially a cooperative is “an autonomous association of people united voluntarily to…

In the month of April, Future Boston is running a series of guest posts about the Cooperative sector and how we are transforming the Boston economy. We appreciated the opportunity to share our perspective, along with our friends at Restoring Roots Permaculture Co-Op. The most exciting thing about becoming a worker-owned cooperative is seeing each member blossom as an owner, and seeing a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Two weeks after the…

The Cooperative Difference: By the Numbers

  In the process of funding our worker-cooperative, we found ourselves making the case again and again for the economic and social value of coops. This little infographic shares a little of what we learned about the cooperative difference: Data from: http://teamworks.coop/pdf/taking_root_june2012.pdf    http://www.cooperativefund.org/sites/default/files/CFNE%20and%20the%20Cooperative%20Response%20to%20Economic%20Crisis.pdf http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/how-cooperatives-are-driving-the-new-economy/just-the-facts-what-s-so-good-about-co-ops http://www.esopinfo.org/infographics/economic-power-of-employee-ownership.php  http://boss.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/10/are-baby-boomers-ready-to-exit-their-businesses http://community-wealth.org/strategies/panel/coops/index.html