Cooperatives at Work

09 Feb 2023
Cooperatives at work

"Cooperatives at Work" shows how – in the face of the climate emergency and the multiple interwoven crises that are bound up with it – worker cooperatives can contribute to the fundamental social, economic, political and cultural change that is urgently needed. Cooperatively written by three practitioner-researchers and three academic-practitioners, it features examples from hundreds of interviews and six continents that showcase what worker cooperatives are already doing well and where more change is possible.

With reference to a wide range of theoretical sources and cases, the authors further show how such firms embody important and highly contested ideals of democracy, equity, innovation, community, solidarity, and social transformation. Connections between cooperatives and ecology and the central role of cooperative education are highlighted.

Throughout this volume, the authors present a range of practical lessons, strategies, and resources based on their pioneering international research.


  • George Cheney (University of Colorado, USA)
  • Matt Noyes (Solidarity Economy Educator and Organizer, USA)
  • Emi Do (Cooperative Educator and Organizer, Canada)
  • Marcelo Vieta (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Joseba Azkarraga (University of the Basque Country, Spain)
  • Charlie Michel (Mission West Community Development Partners, USA)