Educational Resources

Made in the USA: American Worker Cooperatives

This 35-minute documentary provides an excellent introduction for anybody who wants to learn about the worker cooperative model. The film takes the viewer through the basics of the model. The documentary features Union Cab, but also shows the diversity of the movement that includes home care nurses, shipwrights, bakers, and even a sex toy mail order company. Over the 27 minutes, people will learn definitions, start-up procedures and the reality of the worker-owned environment (it's not all paradise). Most importantly, viewers will develop an understanding of the transformative power of gaining economic control of one's life. The film can be purchased from Headlamp Pictures at the link below.

Contact Information:

http://www.headlamppictures.com/html/beyond.html

UW Center for Cooperatives

Whether you are interested in forming a cooperative of learning more about this cutting edge economic movement, the folks at the UW Center for Cooperatives have all the information you require.

Contact Information:

http://www.uwcc.wisc.edu/

Center for the Study of Co-operatives

The University of Saskatchewan hosts one of the major research centers for cooperatives in North America. The can provide co-operators and friends with an abundant supply of studies.

Contact Information:

http://www.usaskstudies.coop/

The NASCO Institute

Each November, over 400 participants from all over the United States, Canada, and beyond converge in Ann Arbor, Michigan to share ideas, learn new skills, and look at issues affecting the cooperative movement worldwide. NASCO’s Cooperative Education & Training Institute, which has been providing cooperative training and education annually since 1977, is widely recognized as one of the most important training and networking opportunities available to cooperative members, directors, staff and managers.

Contact Information:

http://www.nasco.coop/

Masters of Management Cooperatives and Credit Unions

St. Mary's University of Halifax Nova Scotia offers a 3.5 year Masters program for cooperative leaders. In addition to extensive reading and a cooperative long-distance learning environment, each class makes a field trip to visit a cooperative economic system. Currently, the two sites for the trips are either Mondragon in Basque Spain or the collectives surrounding Bologna, Italy.

Contact Information:

http://www.mmccu.coop

The British Columbia Institute for Co-operative Studies

The British Columbia Institute for Co-operative Studies is a catalyst for research, learning, and teaching about co-operative thought and practice through the development of Co-operative Studies as an established field of inquiry. The Institute collaborates with other post-secondary institutions, the co-op sector, governments, individuals and communities interested in co-operative development.

Contact Information:

http://www.bcics.org/

Cooperation Works!

Contact Information:

http://www.cooperationworks.coop/

St. Mary's University

Contact Information:

http://www.smu.ca/academic/sobey/mm/mmccu.html

National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA)

Contact Information:

http://www.ncba.coop/