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The Seven Principles of Co-operatives
* 1. Voluntary and Open Membership
* 2. Customer Service that Helps
* 3. Members’ Economic Participation
* 4. Autonomy and Independence
* 5. Education, Training, and Information
* 6. Cooperation Among Cooperatives
* 7. Concern for Community

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Co-operative Resources


The Take – Documentary by Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein (come by to rent our store copy!) about the movement of workers in Argentina reclaiming closed factories and organizing as co-operatives

Printed documents

David Suzuki and Holly Dressel
Making Money Like the Bee - from Good News for a Change, Hope for a Troubled Planet.  Stoddart Publishing Co. Ltd. (2002)

Ricardo Semler
Managing Without Managers - Harvard Business Review
President and Fellows of Harvard College (1989)

Francisco Javier Forcadell
Demorcracy, Cooperation and Business Success: The Case of Mondragón Corporación Cooperativa
Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 56. No. 3 Springer (Feb. 2005)

Mondragon Corporacion Cooperativa “The History of an Experience”
(July 2006)

Kerr Smith
All 4 Each – A Unit to Inspire a Co-operative Conscience
Ontario Co-operative Association (2012) pages 14-16

Statement of Co-operative Identity
Canadian Worker Co-op Federation

Links to more information

More on Social Enterprise
Interview with TED Fellow and social entrepreneur VK Madhavan

Interview with TED Fellow and social entrepreneur Shaffi Mather

Video of Shaffi Mather’s TED Talk

About Co-operatives

Video: David Suzuki on why he chooses to work with co-operatives

2010 National Survey on perceptions of co-operatives:

Video: Signapore National Co-operative Federation: Animated examples of different types of co-operatives and their purpose in Singapore (it’s fun to imagine a future where all businesses are community serving co-oepratives):

Youtube Videos of Worker Co-operatives in Winnipeg

Ram Wools Yarn Co-op


ANAK Filipino-Canadian youth publishing worker co-op (Winnipeg)

Electric Co-op: explains history of co-ops and co-operative principles:


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