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Title: The Role of Community Organizing in Developing Cooperatives


1
The Role of Community Organizing in Developing
Cooperatives
  • Chuck Hotchkiss and Eric Jacobs
  • School of Community Economic Development
  • Southern New Hampshire University

2
POWER
  • In cooperatives, power ownership
  • In organizing, power organized money, people,
    vision
  • Shouldnt cooperative development and community
    organizing be complementary strategies? Are
    there examples? What can we learn?

3
FEATURES OF FAITH-BASED ORGANIZING
  • Institutional base
  • Values orientation
  • Relational organizing
  • Multiracial approach
  • Independent power
  • Professional organizers

4
SOME ORGANIZING NETWORKS
  • Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF)
  • Gamaliel Foundation
  • PICO National Network
  • Direct Action and Research Training Center (DART)
  • InterValley Project (IVP)
  • Organizing Leadership and Training Center (OLTC)

5
FOUR MAIN CASES
  • Brooklyn Ecumenical Cooperatives (BEC)
  • Naugatuck Valley Project (NVP)
  • Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development
    (BUILD)
  • Anti-Displacement Project (ADP)
  • PLUS
  • Valley Health Care
  • Cooperative Manufactured Home Parks

6
BARRIERS TO ORGANIZING COOPERATIVES
  • General business climate
  • The usual suspects funding, leadership
  • Organizing vs. Development, especially when
    resources are limited
  • Limited beneficiaries, uncertain commitment

7
WHAT COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT BRINGS TO ORGANIZING
  • Visible accomplishment
  • Leadership development opportunity
  • Opposition to globalization
  • BUT NOT
  • Revenue

8
WHAT ORGANIZING BRINGS TO COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT
  • Political clout
  • Knowledge of the community
  • Knowledge of the business
  • An umbilical cord

9
WHEN COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT MAKES SENSE AS AN
ORGANIZING STRATEGY
  • When an organization has resources that cant be
    used for organizing
  • When the cooperative has a large pool of
    beneficiaries
  • When the cooperative has a large pool of
    potential leaders
  • When the organization has a partner
  • When theres an opportunity for an employee buyout

10
PROSPECTS AND CONCLUSIONS
  • Organizations need to decide at the outset
    whether theyre primarily about organizing or
    primarily about development
  • Organizing is an inefficient strategy for
    cooperative development
  • But cooperative development may make sense as an
    issue for organizing
  • For an organizer, the question is always Will it
    help build the organization?
  • Getting more organizations to develop co-ops may
    mean rethinking co-ops
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