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New Worker Co-op Class

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One of our community partners, Madison Workers Cooperative (MadWorC), is offering a new four-week class, “What is a worker cooperative and why would you start one?” through Madison College’s Professional and Continuing Education Program. MadWorC is a network of worker cooperatives that has been working for the last few years to develop more education about… Read More »New Worker Co-op Class

Year End Summary – and Happy New Year

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Here is our year-end roundup for 2023, our sixth year of operation.  In 2023: We’re looking forward to continuing to support worker cooperative development in 2024. As always, be in touch with your cooperative ideas and plans. Wishing everyone a happy new year, MCDC Highlights in photo form:

Education Sessions Follow-up

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Thanks to everyone who attended our recent Co-op 101, Co-op 201, and Co-op Financing events. In addition to sharing information about worker cooperatives, we had deep conversations about specific aspects of cooperatives, and participants had great questions about the worker cooperative model and their ideas for worker cooperatives.  One attendee is a current business owner… Read More »Education Sessions Follow-up

El Chisme Cooperative Launch

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El Chisme is a local food truck that has converted into a worker cooperative. To celebrate, they are having a launch party on Wednesday, October 25th, from 3pm-6pm at the Madison Labor Temple (1602 South Park Street). This event is also a fundraiser for their new truck.  El Chisme’s cooperative conversion has been supported by… Read More »El Chisme Cooperative Launch

Upcoming Co-op Education Sessions

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Our next Co-ops 101 and Co-ops 201 dates are announced, and we are offering a new Co-op Financing session, too. These free sessions are open to anyone in the community interested in learning more about worker cooperatives. There are in-person and virtual sessions. Co-ops 101: Learn about this values-based model where workers share in the… Read More »Upcoming Co-op Education Sessions

October is Co-op Month

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In the US, October is celebrated as Co-op Month. For 2023, the theme is “Owning Our Identity” which is a chance for us to reflect on what makes cooperatives unique, and promote that our businesses are cooperative, sharing with our clients and customers what cooperative ownership means in practice. At the Madison Cooperative Development Coalition… Read More »October is Co-op Month

MCDC presents at ACE Institute in Puerto Rico

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Wondering how we’ve been spending our summer? In addition to holding several Co-op 101 sessions and our first ever Co-ops 201 session, in August, we attended the Association of Cooperative Educators (ACE)’s annual Institute. This year, the conference was held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which has an incredible cooperative infrastructure and a variety of… Read More »MCDC presents at ACE Institute in Puerto Rico

Co-ops 101 and 201 in July

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Announcing the rescheduled Co-ops 101 and 201 sessions for July. All details can be found on the library’s co-op page. What is a worker cooperative? Worker cooperatives in Madison include: engineering and manufacturing | taxi services| bakery | wellness businesses | CBD processing | book-keeping | restaurant | consultant firm | bicycle delivery | legal services Co-op… Read More »Co-ops 101 and 201 in July

Collaboration for Good (con español)

The fourth in our series of community-based organizations that MCDC partners with is Collaboration for Good. Here’s how they describe themselves… Collaboration for Good (C4G) is a Madison-based capacity-building organization that focuses on accelerating economic equity. We build cross-sector, cross-discipline, collaborative communities that reduce economic inequality that brutalizes communities of color. Our mission is to… Read More »Collaboration for Good (con español)