Cooperative Resources

Resources related to cooperatives:

  • Cooperative Business New Zealand
  • What we mean by a Co-op - Huia CDS
  • "How to Start a Food Co-op" - CGIN - Cooperative Grocers' Information Coop
  • Food co-op webinars - CDS Consulting Co-op
    Over the past 3 years, CDS Consulting Co-op has produced over 20 webinars for people involved in starting a new food co-op. An archive of these webinars is available here:
  • Huia CDS - New Zealand Co-op set up consultant
    Set up by former Co-ops Assn head, Ramsey Margolis, Huia C·D·S is a consulting company that can help with structuring, incorporating, financing and marketing cooperative and mutual enterprises. Developing and implementing strategic campaigns for businesses based on equity, sustainability and solidarity that are grounded in cooperative values and principles will, they believe, create sustainable community wealth and help build resilient, values-led local economies. For those wanting to start a cooperative, download their 12-page eBook “Starting a Cooperative, One Step at a Time”.
  • Working Together for Local Food - Co-operative Profiles and Resource Guide - CCA Canadian Cooperative Assocation, 2009
    The purpose of this guide is to inspire and encourage people involved in local food activities to form co-operatives. It includes profiles of successful co-operatives in Canada, including a co-operative farmers’ market, several producer marketing groups, two stores, a produce auction, an on-line ordering system, a food distribution and storage business, and a regional value chain. The second section briefly describes what Canada’s retail co-ops are doing to integrate local food into their stores.
  • The practitioners' guide to community shares - Jill Brown, Co-operatives UK, 2011
    This guide to setting up an organisation funded by shares purchased by community members includes the following sections: The business model of cooperation, Community Engagement, Governance, and The Offer Document. The guide is useful in that it explains many relevant concepts and issues that would be relevant to cooperative organisations around the world, although some of the information is specific to the legal structures in the U.K. If only there was a New Zealand version!
  • Investing in Community Shares - Co-operatives UK, 2010
    This publication is the latest guidance aimed at those who may be considering investing in community shares in the UK. The general content is relevant to New Zealand, although some of the specifics are not.
  • "Problems of Cooperation" - by James Peter Warbase, the Cooperative League of the USA (1942)
    "A study in the Deficiencies of the Cooperative Method of Economic Organization and the Difficulties in the Way of Its Expansion". Although the subtitle is lacking in positivity, this book is useful in that it outlines things to avoid, through looking at the examples of various co-ops and the examining the reasons that they have failed. It clarified the importance of some of the 7 principles of co-operation, as many of the failures outlined are failures to understand and apply those principles.
  • "Practical Utopians" : Rochdale Consumer Co-operatives in Australia and New Zealand - by Nikola Balnave and Greg Patmore.
    Published in Labour History, Number 95, November 2008. Available online from the Christchurch Library.
    This article outlines the history of consumer co-operatives in New Zealand from 1844 onwards.
  • Solidarity as a Business Model - A Multi-Stakeholder Cooperatives Manual
    Margaret Lund, Cooperative Development Center at Kent State University.
    This manual discusses balancing the interests of different stakeholders, in terms of governance rights, and distributions, and compares different organisational models. It includes case studies from a wide variety of multistakeholder co-ops.
  • Co-operative stakeholders: who counts in co-operatives, and how?
    Caroline Gijselinckx, HIVA - Catholic University of Leuven, 2009
    This article is reasonably theoretical, but is a good explanation of stakeholders and the issues involved in forming an organisation with the needs of multiple stakeholders at its heart. It includes statistics from surveys of people involved in co-operatives.
  • LIFT Library
    In partnership with Living Economies Project Lyttelton brings you the LIFT library of over a hundred books available to borrow. Topics include economics, the transition movement, alternative currencies, sustainability and community development.