Category Archives: cooperatives

Two Coops Focused on Community-Owned Housing and Solar Take Root

A pair of cooperatives aiming to put affordable housing and renewable energy in community hands made their official debut on Wednesday in Oakland, Calif. The groups, the East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative and People Power Solar Cooperative, were incubated out of the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC), a nonprofit that has nurtured many of […]

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With a New Fund, Evergreen Cooperatives Looks to Spread the ‘Cleveland Model’

Since their inception ten years ago, the Evergreen Cooperatives in Cleveland, Ohio have served as a promising model of economic development in a post-industrial city. The three worker cooperatives—an industrial laundry company, a green energy services contractor, and a hydroponic greenhouse (pictured above)—collectively employ over 200 individuals, many of whom have become worker-owners. In a […]

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Forget Tech Startups. This Accelerator Wants to Scale Co-ops.

Cooperatives are gaining renewed interest as an antidote to our winner-take-all society. But while tech startups have a rich ecosystem to tap into, from accelerators to seed funding to get-big-fast playbooks, new cooperatives are usually left to figure things out on their own. That, says serial coop entrepreneur Greg Brodsky, helps explain why most co-ops […]

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How One Solar Company Transitioned to Worker Ownership

Solar Company Powers Up With Employee-Ownership Program Inclusive Economy Challenge Served as Framework for Business Restructuring What is it with solar companies? They seem to be among the leaders in sharing ownership with workers—see Namaste Solar, South Mountain Company, and PV Squared, for example. The latest convert is Technicians for Sustainability (TFS), a Tucson-based solar energy installation company […]

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Funding for Worker-owned Businesses Gets Real

Over the coming years, more than 2.3 million Baby Boomer business owners employing some 25 million Americans are set to retire. This Silver Tsunami, as it’s been called, presents the largest opportunity in generations to transfer ownership to workers—an idea that has gained fresh interest in recent years as wealth inequality and corporate concentration have […]

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From Breweries to Factory Floors, Worker Coops are Blooming

On a muggy June day in St. Louis, a group of eager, determined faces filled an aggressively air-conditioned classroom. It was the start of the 2018 CommonBound conference, a gathering of community leaders and activists radically reimagining how we organize ourselves economically. The crowd was a diverse mix from across the country, and they were […]

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Real Pickles: Anatomy of a Successful DPO

Long before the JOBS Act and state-specific laws legalized investment crowdfunding, there was the direct public offering, or DPO, a sort of do-it-yourself IPO. Kassandra Mayhew of Cutting Edge Capital recently talked to Real Pickles cofounder Addie Rose Holland (pictured at left) about how a DPO helped the Greenfield, MA company transition to a worker-owned […]

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A New Credit Union Will Focus on Clean Energy

Worried about climate change? Want to do more to support the spread of renewable energy? There’s a new credit union designed for people like you. The Clean Energy Credit Union is a new federally chartered credit union with a mission to help speed adoption of renewal energy by making it more broadly affordable. It was […]

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Employee-Owned Companies: Where are the Impact Investors?

For social entrepreneurs concerned about growing income inequality in the U.S. and around the world, one way to spread the wealth is through employee ownership. With that in mind, you’d think impact investors would be clamoring to invest in such companies. But, not so much. They may be missing out. “Companies with meaningful ownership and […]

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Employee-Owned Companies: Where are the Impact Investors?

For social entrepreneurs concerned about growing income inequality in the U.S. and around the world, one way to spread the wealth is through employee ownership. With that in mind, you’d think impact investors would be clamoring to invest in such companies. But, not so much. They may be missing out. “Companies with meaningful ownership and […]

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