Co-operative Resource Library

CDI’s resource center offers connections to other support organizations in our main focus areas in addition to materials we have produced.

What is a Cooperative?

  1. CDI’s About Cooperatives
  2. USFWC’s What is a Worker Cooperative? (PDF) – English, Spanish

Starting a Cooperative

  1. CDI’s How to Start a Co-op Packet (PDF)
  2. CDI’s Online Request for Assistance Form

Sector-Specific Resources

  1. Food systems
  2. Housing
  3. Business conversions and worker co-ops

Educational Opportunities

  1. Saint Mary’s University Management of Co-operatives and Credit Unions program
  2. Cooperative Academies
  3. School for Democratic Management
  4. Round Sky Solutions Collab Courses

Further Information

  1. Ed.coop
  2. Cultivate.coop
  3. eXtension Cooperative Community of Practice
  4. Co-op Zone (Canadian)
  5. Co-op Learning Centre (Canadian)
  6. NASCO organizer’s handbook on starting a housing co-op
  7. NCDF Toolboxes on consumer, housing, worker co-ops and more
  8. Food Co-op Initiative

Let us remember the teaching of Akiba, spoken when a small group of the Rabbis were hiding in an attic from the Roman army — for Rome had forbidden both the study and doing of Torah, on pain of death. The Rabbis were debating: Which is greater, study or action? For which should we risk our lives? Finally, Akiba said: “Study is greater, if it leads to action.”