Boston Area Co-op Cookout – 26 Jun 2022

Hello co-operators, it’s been a while since we’ve seen you! Please join us (GBCC and USFWC Boston) at Houghton’s Pond from 11-3PM on Sunday, June 26th for a cookout! In addition to providing some basics (drinks, chips, and the usual bbq items – burgers/dogs/buns), we’re planning to make this a fully bilingual event, so we’d appreciate it if you could answer a few questions to help us adequately prepare


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Saludos cooperativistas, ¡hace tiempo que no nos vemos! Les invitamos a un convivio, únase con (GBCC y USFWC Boston) en Houghton’s Pond de las 11 de la mañana a 3 de la tarde el domingo 26 de junio para un asado. Además de brindar alimentos básicos (bebidas, chips, y lo común de una barbacoa – hamburguesas/hot dogs/pan), este evento será totalmente bilingüe, por lo que le agradeceríamos si pudiera contestar algunas preguntas para ayudarnos a prepararnos mejor.


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Tackling the Law Together is ON! Tonight!

Hello all!  The folks at the Harvard legal clinic asked me to let you know that the workshop is ON tonight, despite the snow!  Tonight’s workshop is on immigration and employment law, an area where worker co-ops tend to have lots of questions.  I really encourage everyone to attend.  See you there!


Next Co-op 101: Thursday Feb. 20th, at Red Sun Press in JP

An introduction to doing business as a cooperative, including:

  • What exactly is a cooperative, anyway?  Legal and practical definitions
  • What kinds of cooperatives are there, and what industries do they operate in?
  • Steps to starting a co-op, or converting a business into a cooperative
  • What are the rights and responsibilities of membership in a co-op?
  • How does a co-op distribute profits?
  • What are some ways of raising capital for co-ops?
  • How does decision making work in a co-op?
  • Who is eligible to become a member of a co-op?
  • What can go wrong?
  • What resources are available to help get a co-op started?


You will walk away with our comprehensive checklist for starting a cooperative, and a list of resources to get you started!

Feb. 20, 2014, 6-8 pm
Red Sun Press, 94 Green St. Jamaica Plain MA 02130
Registration is free – donations accepted!
Register Here
Presented by the Boston Center for Community Ownership

**Please let us know if you would like interpretation services!**

Tonight: Co-op 101 at MataHari

Introduction to Cooperatives workshop
September 19, 2013, 6-8 pm
Hosted by: MataHari: Eye of the Day
1 Milk St., 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02109

This workshop will give an introduction to starting and running a cooperative business. Worker-owned cooperatives are owned and controlled by their members and are a way of providing employment for their members and needed services for the larger community. After this workshop you will understand the difference between worker, consumer, and producer cooperatives, and learn about new hybrid models of co-op businesses. You will have a sense of the history and global reach of cooperative businesses, the logistics of how they operate internally, and the steps needed to get one started.

Co-sponsored by the Worker Owned and Run Cooperative Network ( and the Boston Center for Community Ownership (

Please comment on this post to let us know if you plan on attending!

Next Meeting: Wednesday Nov. 14, 6 pm

The next regular meeting of WORC’N (the Worker-Owned and Run Cooperative Network of greater Boston) will be held Wednesday November 14th 2012, 6-8:30 pm, at the offices of Vida Verde Cleaning Cooperative, 697 Cambridge Street, Suite 106, Brighton MA 02135.  Please contact us if transportation will be a problem for you – there may be someone you can carpool with.

We are expecting a good discussion with lots of new co-ops.  There will be simultaneous interpretation in Spanish and Portuguese.  Donations will be accepted to help pay for dinner, but not required to attend ($5 suggested).   An RSVP will help us get an accurate count for food, so let us know if you’re coming!

The monthly meeting is a forum where existing cooperatives and co-ops in formation can learn from each other’s experience.

The following are topics that have been suggested for discussion – feel free to leave a comment or reply to this message to let us know which topics are most relevant to your group at this time:

·        How can we, as co-ops, support each other?

·        How is the role of a manager different in a co-op than in another kind of business?

·         How to develop leadership in a cooperative? How do you create commitment among the members?

·         Are there equal # of women to men in worker co-ops?

·         How do we create and support participation & accountability?

·         What co-op trainings do co-ops give?

·         Review the 7 principles of co-ops and discussion

·         How do you strike the balance between the enterprise and the mission/value drive organization?

·         Looking at structures that can limit or help co-ops grow given the conflict between “do you need big co-ops versus a lot of co-ops?