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Coop Tools Reports
COMMUNITIES OVER COMMODITIES
Ten years after the 2007-2008 housing crisis began, people across race and class are increasingly affected by the protracted crisis of U.S. housing affordability. Many who own homes remain in precarious positions with unaffordable mortgages. Fewer and fewer families and individuals can afford to buy a home and are swelling the ranks of “the renter nation”. Renters find themselves paying more and more of their paycheck to rent while evictions are skyrocketing. Housing stress is a part of life for millions of people. If someone is not experiencing it, they likely know someone who is.
COMMUNITY ENERGY COMMUNICATIONS AT THE LOCAL LEVEL
Indeed, I would say that citizen and resident engagement is the more important parallel track to the Big Players – perhaps even the long-term ‘holy grail’ – for pursuing a more embedded, engaged and ultimately a more encompassing energy transformation for our societies. People – as consumers and prosumers – have the power to change their consumption habits and their sources of energy. Everyone has a choice of what mode of transport they take, what food they eat, what electricity they use…
A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO RECLAIMING POWER
Welcome to your community energy handbook. This is your go-to guide, packed with instructions, practical tips and resources, to build a local, community-led renewable energy revolution in Europe.
Association Event Planning:
Event planning is tough, especially if you’re a small-staff association professional with limited time and resources.
A Practical Guide for Cooperative Success
This guide is designed for use by housing cooperative boards of directors, resident members and co-op partners. It defines what a cooperative is, highlights the history of the cooperative movement, explains how co-ops are managed and governed, explores what co-op members can do to recognize and weed out problems early on and provides guidelines that allow the best elements of cooperative living to take root and grow.
Amalgamated Housing Cooperative Cooperator Handbook
This Handbook is meant to provide as much information as possible regarding the details of living in the cooperative. It is intended as a reference resource. We hope that when you have a question regarding life in the Amalgamated, you will be able to turn to the Handbook for the answer, or information to help you find the answer.
CREATE YOUR CO-OP'S EMPLOYEE/ MEMBER HANDBOOK
it is a framework for you to use in creating a handbook for the members of your cooperative’s staff who work in California. It does not contain every potential policy your cooperative may need or want to include for optimal staff management and retention. Rather, it includes policies that help to manage common workplace issues and essential policies to comply with federal and California state laws. This tool also includes some suggested policy language to comply with some of the city ordinances related to employment that apply to personnel who work in San Francisco and Oakland. There may be other city ordinances that apply to employees who work in these cities and other cities. City ordinances should be checked regularly for laws applicable to personnel working within that city’s jurisdiction.
Cooperative business model training guide
Think.COOP is designed for people like you who are interested in joining or starting a cooperative. During this orientation, you will analyse how supportive relationships and cooperation can help you pursue opportunities to improve your livelihood, learn about the fundamentals of a cooperative business, and understand the conditions under which the cooperative is a better way to doing business or your work. At the end of this orientation, you will be better able to decide whether the cooperative business model is right for you.
In Good Company: A Guide to Cooperative Employee Ownership
today’s dynamic marketplace, employee-owned cooperatives can provide a wide variety of workers with business-ownership opportunities offering a range of benefits that are hard to find in any other corporate structure: democratic governance, enhanced job security, and profit sharing based on labor input. Employee-owned businesses can also provide unique economic benefits to local communities by generating locally based economic activity and anchoring capital in a community. Because worker co-ops are owned by employees rather than investors, they create a situation where engaged, local ownership can flourish, rather than absentee ownership. Local ownership keeps more dollars revolving in the local economy, creates jobs, provides a wide range of goods and services, and offers a forum to strengthen civic society
Co-operatives and Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy
Access to energy is important for all sectors and is a key aspect of sustainable development. It is clear, however, that reliance on fossil fuels is not sustainable and is a major contributory factor in climate change, which has negative the environment and people's health and wellbeing.
THE COOPERATIVE GROWTH ECOSYSTEM
The Cooperative Growth Ecosystem Project: This paper is the fruit of a year-long project carried out by the Democracy at Work Institute and Project Equity in 2014 and 2015. Hilary Abell and Alison Lingane of Project Equity, Melissa Hoover and Tim Palmer of the Democracy at Work Institute, and consultant Tim Lohrentz comprised the team that developed the Cooperative Growth Ecosystem framework; piloted it as an analytical and strategy tool looking at five regions around the country; hosted a national convening, in coordination with Citi Community Development, to get feedback and provide space for regions to develop actions plans; and developed this paper to share with the field. Engagement with partners in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, Cincinnati, Madison, and Western North Carolina played a vital role in the process. Both the Democracy at Work Institute, through its Local Initiatives Program, and Project Equity are available to support regional groups in applying the ecosystem framework in their communities.
Orientation to Co-ops
The cooperative way of doing business is a fascinating one—one that tries to mix visionary social ideals with the economic realities of running a business. By almost any measurement, co-ops have been important to economic development in the United States as well as throughout the world.