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THE COOPERATIVE GROWTH ECOSYSTEM IS A FRAMEWORK FOR developing strategy TO GROW WORKER COOPERATIVES to scale IN YOUR Community.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

 

The Cooperative Growth Ecosystem framework presents the recent wave of worker cooperative development as a timely, high-potential strategy for inclusive, place-based community economic development. We developed this framework to engage diverse actors across the private, public, nonprofit and financial sectors in exploring how they can work together to catalyze worker co-op development that creates quality jobs and wealth-building opportunities for low- and moderate-income workers.

 

This report is the fruit of a year-long project by the Democracy at Work Institute and Project Equity. Engagement with partners in all five pilot cities played a vital role in the process.

 

The project website contains additional tools and materials to help you develop a Cooperative Growth Ecosystem in your area. Both the Democracy at Work Institute and Project Equity are available to support groups in applying the ecosystem framework in your community.

THE CITIES

 

We did an initial “ecosystem analysis” of the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, Cincinnati, Madison, Wisconsin, and Western North Carolina. We chose these cities as much for the differences among them as for their individual achievements and potential. We wanted to learn from the dynamics within a city or region with a fair amount of cooperative development activity, as well as from patterns, commonalities, and variances we might be able to discern across the five places.

 

Cincinnati, OH

Madison, WI

New York, NY

San Fransico Bay Area

Western North Carolina