Resource Pages from our Partners
Using the Free Library of Philadelphia
The Free Library of Philadelphia offers books and other materials on co-ops, opportunities to access other books through interlibrary loan, and one-on-one meetings with librarians who have training in business development.
Find out about resources and upcoming events at freelibrary.org/business.
Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice
By Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard
Published in 2014, 311 pages.
Companies we keep: employee ownership and the business of community and place
by John Abrams
Published in 2008, 333 pages.
Building co-operative power : stories and strategies from the worker-cooperatives in the Connecticut River Valley
by Janelle Cornwell; Michael Johnson; Adam Trott
Published in 2013, 278 pages.
For all the people: uncovering the hidden history of cooperation, cooperative movements, and communalism in America
By John Curl
Published in 2012, 576 pages.
Humanizing the economy: co-operatives in the age of capital
by John Restakis
Published in 2010, 295 pages.
The cooperative solution: how the United States can tame recessions, reduce inequality, and protect the environment
By E.G. Nadeau
Published in 2012, 123 pages.
Building powerful community organizations: a personal guide to creating groups that can solve problems and change the world
By Michael Jacoby Brown
Published in 2006, 394 pages
By Vern Dosch
Published in 2015, 240 pages
More information here.
Films and Videos
Own the Change
A short “how-to” video for people curious about starting co-ops
By Toolbox for Education and Social Action (TESA) and GRITtv
Published in 2015, 22 minutes long.
Available free online here.
Philadelphia has a rich landscape of businesses that are challenging dominant logic about the way that they ought to relate to workers, consumers, industries, and other businesses. Capitalish highlights this landscape by exploring four worker cooperatives – a child care company, a homecare agency, a bar/coffee shop, and a taxi dispatch.
By Anna Bullard, Nick Gandolfo-Lucia, Sarah Moses, and David Roza
Published in 2016, 16 minutes long.
Available free online here
Shift Change: Putting Democracy to Work
A documentary film about worker-owned and cooperative businesses in the United States and Mondragon, Spain.
By Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young
Published in 2012, 69 minutes long.
Food for Change: the Story of Cooperatives in America
Food For Change is a documentary film focusing on food co-ops as a force for dynamic social and economic change in American culture.
By Steve Alves
Published in 2014, 82 minutes long.
Video series about a community-run, Black-led food co-op in Greensboro
Working with the City of Greensboro, Self-Help Ventures Fund, Fund for Democratic Communities, Uplift Solutions, Lakeshore Food Advisors, Cooperative Development Services,Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Cone Health Foundation, Shared Capital Cooperative, The Working World,Regenerative Finance, and the Northeast Greensboro community, the Renaissance Community Coop (RCC) is on track to open a 10,530 square foot full-service grocery store in the Renaissance Shops at Phillips Avenue Plaza in 2016.
Reclamation, Reconnection, & Resistance: Black Farmers, Food Security and Justice. Public talk and Q&A with Dr. Monica White, UW-Madison Professor of Environmental Justice .
By Toolbox for Education and Social Action (TESA)
Everything Co-op with Vernon Oakes
By Vernon Oakes
Host Vernon Oakes interview co-op advocates, analyzes news, and offers opinions on this DC-based radio show. Lots of great interviews, including Ajowa Nzinga Ifateyo, Esteban Kelly, Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Kali Akuno, and more.
Episodes available online here.
A Migration Reversed (Gravy Podcast Episode 13)
By Tina Antolini
Explores the Great Migration and the importance of black ownership of land, especially for farming, in the South.
Published in 2015, 24 minutes long.
Available free online here.
If you’re interested in worker-owned cooperatives, but you’re not sure what readings and videos to choose, check out this free online course. Sections include: Worker Cooperatives in the Media, The Rationale for Worker Cooperatives, How Worker Cooperatives Work, and Examples of U.S. Worker Cooperatives. The materials in this course could be explored over 3-5 weeks.
News sources for co-ops
The Working World, www.theworkingworld.org
Cooperative Fund of New England, www.coopfund.coop
Local Enterprise Assistance Fund, www.leaffund.org
National Cooperative Bank, www.ncb.coop
Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet), www.acenetworks.org
Shared Capital Cooperative, sharedcapital.coop
Capital Impact Partners, www.capitalimpact.org
Co-op Law Center, www.co-oplaw.org
Sustainable Economies Law Center, www.theselc.org/cooperatives-resources
PA Cooperative Corporation Law of 1988 (pdf)
Starting a Co-op
Co-op 101: A Guide to Starting a Cooperative, www.cdi.coop/CDIcompletestart-uppkt2010.pdf
Keystone Development Center’s May 2013 Mid-Atlantic Guide to Cooperative Development Resources,
Vital Steps: A Cooperative Feasibility Study Guide, www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/pub/sr58.pdf
American Worker Cooperative, www.american.coop
Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI), www.institute.coop
ICA Group, www.ica-group.org
US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, www.usworker.coop
Understanding Worker-Owned Cooperatives: A Strategic Guide for Organizers, http://www.communitychange.org/uploads/files/worker-ownedcoops11_30.pdf
Food Co-op Initiative, www.foodcoopinitiative.coop
Mid Atlantic Food Co-op Alliance, www.mafca.coop
Cooperative Grocer Network, www.cooperativegrocer.coop
National Co-op Grocers, www.ncg.coop
National Association of Housing Cooperatives, coophousing.org
North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO) https://www.nasco.coop/resources
Report of the CUNA Cooperative Alliances Committee (pdf)