In line with MIT's leadership in freely giving access to its educational information, the "repository of resources from the Fall 2010 student-driven reading group on worker-owned cooperatives, housed within MIT’s Community Innovators Lab (CoLab)" is online. The student group inspired an upcoming course: "This spring, Professor J. Phil Thompson will teach a course entitled “Democratic Wealth Generation.” The first class will meet on Monday, 2/7, from 5-8p."
Update: this material is appears to no longer be available to the public, 8/2011.
Here are the material from last year's course copied from the MIT archive.
This section contains resources (lecture notes, readings, links, organizations, etc) from these sessions:
General: Overview and general resources on cooperative development
- 10/20/2010 - What? (Ang Hadwin, Jeffrey Juarez)
Some background on what a cooperative is, history, and different types of cooperatives.
Some interesting and informative videos online:
- The Mondragon Experiment (BBC)
- Evergreen Cooperatives Video
- All About Cooperatives (4 Bay Area Coops)
- The Take
- GreenWorker Cooperatives
- 10/27/2010 - Why? (Why a coop vs. any other model?) (Carlos Espinoza)
Why choose a cooperative business model?
Class Facilitator: Carlos Espinoza
Guest Speaker: Ted Howard, Evergreen Cooperatives, Cincinnati, Ohio
Class Presentation: Why Cooperatives
Class Notes: Download Notes
Class Video Notes: Download Video Notes
- 11/3/2010 - How? Start Up, Legal Structure (Elijah Hutchinson)
- 11/10/2010 - How? Business Plan, Financial Structure (Stefanie Ritoper)
Student Facilitator: Stefanie Ritoper
Guest Speaker: Newell Lessell, ICA Group
November 10, 2010, 7-9p
Read Chapter 7: “Cooperative Financial Management” and Chapter 8: “Procedures for organizing a cooperative” (Page 59 to 74), in:
Planning for Perpetuity (26-34) and Business Management (35-44), in:
ICA Group. Feasibility Study for Commercial Cleaning Cooperative in Washington, D.C.. (2003)
ICA Group. Feasibility Study for Win-Win Cleaning, Inc (2003)
Adams, Frank T. and Gary B. Hansen. Putting democracy to work : a practical guide for starting and managing worker-owned businesses (1994)
Chapter 3: “Making a Preliminary Assessment”
Chapter 4: “Preparing a Business Plan”
Chapter 5: “Putting Capital to Work”
- 11/24/2010 - How? Midlife (Elisha Goodman)
- 12/1/2010 - How? Leadership Development (values) (Kevin Feeney)
Goldenberg, “The Structure That Builds The Movement” (see especially Chapter 2)
Trip to visit coops – (East Coast 12/17; West Coast week of 1/3 – Date TBD)
For more information on the Fall 2010 class, please contact Carlos Espinoza, MIT Community Innovators Lab (CoLab).
Cooperative University Centers
Arthur Capper Cooperative Center – Kansas State University
Cooperative Enterprise Program – Cornell University
Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives – North Dakota State University
University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives (UWCC) – The university’s library holds one of the largest collections of cooperative materials in the US.
Equal Exchange – Cooperative based in Bridgewater, MA. Fairly traded coffee, tea, chocolate and snacks.