I live in a community where it’s common to run your own business or work for someone who does. We are artists, builders, growers, and makers with small companies that typically cannot afford to offer health insurance or 401Ks. My
The Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy in New York City, June 9-11th, brought together worker-owners, co-op developers, advocates, lenders, and organizers for learning, networking, and movement building. CDI Staff, Contractors and Board Members were well represented this year at the
What can co-ops do for artists? Why are there not more co-ops? What is the role of co-ops in combating social disadvantage? CDI Executive Director Noémi Giszpenc discussed all these questions and more with the “Everything Cooperative” radio show host,
New American refugee and immigrant farmers face barriers to access land, capital, and markets. As a result, they experience significant challenges to accessing healthy, organic, affordable, culturally appropriate food, and barriers to economic prosperity resulting from limited markets for their
CDI presented at the Lean Systems conference, a workshop on “The Cost of Belonging — Ongoing Improvement Can Happen Only If One Owns The Process” at the Continuous Improvement LEAN Collaborative held August 11th in Portland, Maine. CDI’s Marcel Gagne
Rob Brown, Director of CDI’s Business Ownership Solutions program, recently collaborated with College of the Atlantic professor and CDI Board member Davis Taylor to author an article for the Maine Policy Review. The in-depth, analytical article makes the case for
Nearly 50 community leaders spent a Saturday with CDI and ROC USA at a networking and educational gathering in lovely Kingston, Massachusetts, discussing the needs of resident-owned communities.
Homeowners in the 212-home Town and Country Estates mobile home park took a big step toward securing their financial futures when they collectively bought their neighborhood as a resident corporation last week. The Town & Country Kingston Estates Cooperative Corporation
Maine residents are stepping up to talk about programs, services, and justice platforms—especially how to organize cooperatives to meet their needs.
On April 29th, over 30 cooperators from around the state of Maine gathered in Gardiner to connect and learn together and to expand organizing for the Cooperative Maine Business Alliance. Cooperative Maine has organized for 10 years, and a focus