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
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
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
This session for June 21st is canceled but we are rescheduling both Co-op 101 and Co-op 201 for July. Save the date: Co-op 101 on July 18th at noon Co-op 201 on July 25th at noon. We’ll send an announcement when registration is open. Looking to start a business? Join us for a new Co-op 201 to… Read More »RESCHEDULED – New Co-op 201 is tomorrow!
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)
Our third grant to a community-based organization this year actually goes to two organizations, which applied jointly: Nehemiah and Gener8tor. Here they are in their own words… At Nehemiah, we believe there is a need and desire for a stronger Madison for all—therefore, we focus on strengthening the African American community. Nehemiah cultivates character, leadership,… Read More »Nehemiah/Gener8tor (con español)
MadWorC As we continue our look at MCDC’s community-based organization partners, the second in our series is MadWorC. MadWorC’s real name is Madison Worker Cooperatives, which makes it pretty clear who belongs to it. Its website says that… MadWorC is a membership organization of worker-owned and operated cooperatives. Our mission is to support and build… Read More »MadWorc (con español)
This year’s Co-op Connection will this Saturday, October 2nd, from 8:30 to 12:00 noon. The location on MLK Blvd., next to the Farmers’ Market. Join Summit Credit Union and other local cooperatives for the 10th Co-op Connection celebrating cooperatives and community. Co-op Connection is a celebration of cooperatives and all they contribute to our communities and the… Read More »Co-op Connection is this Saturday!
WJW Español abajo. As we prepare for fall, and particularly for October, which is Co-op Month, MCDC will be talking about its Community-Based Organization grant recipients for this year. Community-based organizations (CBOs) are local non-profits doing work to benefit marginalized people in Madison. We fund them to include worker co-op education in their programming. You’ll learn… Read More »Worker Justice Wisconsin (con español)
As we gear up for fall, here’s an inspiring look at some worker co-ops around the country. Mother Jones just published a piece that’s not only very well researched and written, but also comes with a series of outstanding photos. We get to hear from worker-owners at… ChiFresh Kitchen in Chicago The Drivers’ Co-op in… Read More »Mother Jones runs a great article on worker co-ops!