How do we know that development without displacement is possible? Why are we interested in cooperatives? We suggest the following readings on mechanisms for pooling money, on permanently affordable space, and on pooling money for permanently affordable space.
- What is a cooperative?
- How many kinds of “co-ops” exist?
- Search through this library of cooperative resources
- Watch a video about a worker cooperative in NYC called Third Root
- Watch a video about a worker cooperative in NYC called Cooperative Homecare Associates
- The Working World: investment capital for worker cooperatives
- Community Development Financial Institutions, and how they are less risky than “mainstream” counterparts
- Direct Public Offerings (this is how Ben & Jerry’s raised their first chunk of money): Seeking Capital, Some Companies Turn to ‘Do-It-Yourself I.P.O.’s,’ New York Times (July 31, 2013)
- More Direct Public Offering details here, or you can watch a video
- Workers Diner In NYC a Direct Public Offering that could have worked, if only enough people had wanted to own a diner business together.
- Community Economic Development Investment Fund in Alberta, Canada
- The Cooperative Fund of New England
- Investment Cooperatives in Minneapolis and Canada, a summary
- Northeast Investment Cooperative in Minneapolis
- Community Bonds in Toronto
- Iroquois Valley Farms, LLC, using a regulated security to invest in farmland
- The Alberta Community & Cooperatives Association (ACCA) which has helped seed six “Opportunity Cooperatives” to invest in real estate and infrastructure. They provide education and templates for groups seeking to start new investment coops in their area, including a great Guide for Community Leaders.
Permanently Affordable Space in New York City
- Cooper Square Committee Community Land Trust and Mutual Housing Association
- The New York City Community Land Initiative and Community Land Trusts
- Community Land Trust Resources for Commercial Properties