We organized as a worker cooperative because we want to generate jobs for queer and trans folk and remain in control of our business decisions. We looked at non-profit status and decided a cooperative was the better way to go; we did not want to spend most of our time constantly chasing grants, or worse, be subject to the whims of foundations.
Just because the workers own the business, however, doesn’t mean that we do not want the input from our customers- please let us know what you want to see as far as how to make the space work better and what products you want to see carried! We have monthly open meetings for community members every second Wednesday at 7.
Principle Five! About Cooperatives:
- Own the Change: A short, practical guide for those considering worker owned cooperatives, made by GRITtv & TESA, the Toolbox for Education and Social Action
- North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO) official site
- US Federation of Worker Cooperatives official site
- New Economy Coalition official site
- Toolbox for Education and Social Action official site
- Democracy At Work Network official site
- Cultivate’s own educational resources guide
- The International Co-operative Alliance: Co-operative Identity, Values, and Principles