Housing Cooperatives

Multi-family/unit housing that is owned and democratically controlled by its residents

cross-posted from Shareable

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cross-posted from Communites Magazine

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[Editor's note: While Boulder, CO is home to a variety of housing cooperatives and co-housing communities, it is currently officially illegal for more than 3 unrelated people to share one home.  The Boulder City Council will vote this coming Tuesday, December 6th, on whether or not to officially make housing coopertives legal.  Below are two videos from the Boulder Community Housing Association on the many benefits that shared housing provides to its members and to the larger environment.]

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The cooperative business and community model is both older than you think, and probably not what you think. Cooperatives have a history, especially in Buffalo, NY, and in minority communities everywhere. Clinton Parker explains how co-ops really work, how they can help some modern problems, and how you can get involved.

 

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"You can never awaken using the same system that put you to sleep in the first place." -Gurdjief-

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[Editor's note: The Raise-Op housing cooperative is an organization in Lewiston-Auburn, Maine, that offers democratically controlled housing to its members and organizes residents to build equity for themselves and the greater community.   The video below was created for a crowd-funding campaign the co-op ran at the end of 2015.  In January of 2016, Raise-Op announced that they had raised 112% of their on-line fundraising goal!  You can learn more about Raise-Op and find out how to get involved on their website.

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The commons offers a framework and a process for effectively and equitably stewarding the resources communities need to live in dignity. If we have a collective right to a resource, we should be able to participate in decisions about that resource’s use.
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[Editor's note: this article first appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of Washington History (volume 26, number 2), and is reprinted here with permission.]

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Background

This report is part of an ongoing process of documenting and making public the research that has informed the organizing of the Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York City (CEANYC), a cross-sectoral organization incubated by SolidarityNYC.

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More people are choosing the cooperative model to express their entrepreneurial spirit in the Northwest. The success of a co-op depends on many people and their efforts. Keywords: resident-owned communities, manufactured homes, worker coops
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[Editor's note: in these two videos from NASCO (North American Students of Cooperation), Laurent Levesque of l'Unité de travail pour l'implantation de logement étudiant (UTILE) discusses the local and global impacts of individual student co-ops and the student co-op movement as whole.  More videos from NASCO are available on their Youtube channel.]

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Jaques Kaswan (June 14, 1924 - January 28, 2015) studied cooperatives for 50 years and was a developer of systems to support the formation of worker coops and housing coops for over 35 years. He was a co-founder of the Arizmendi Assn, as well as Walnut Street Cooperative. 

Obituary at the San Francisco Chronicle

 

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[Editor's note: this report by Pat Conaty and David Bollier presents an in-depth look at the how our often disparate movements might begin to work together more closely in order to create a more just, open and equitable economy.  David Bollier describes the scope of the report on Shareable:

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Kwanzaa is an African-inspired holiday practiced by millions of African Americans from December 26 - January 1.  African values, which are geared toward care of the whole or the collecti

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(Editor's note: This article emerged out of conversations Michael had with Terry Mollner and his thinking about creating institutions grounded in the idea the common good. We were quite surprised to find out that it turned out to be one of this most read articles on GEO: 10,500 a week or ago; almost 11,000 now. We were more than delighted when a recent article passed the 3,000 mark in page views. 1,500 is a seen as a big plus. But 11,000! We can’t explain it. However, since there has been so much interest in it, we decided to post it anew.

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