Mission

The mission of the cooperative stakeholders group is manifold, as are the values that shape our work. In this era of rising inequality we embrace cooperatives because they are a proven, scalable, and versatile alternative that creates a more equitable and democratically organized economy.

Our Approach

  • We prioritize the inclusion and leadership of people and communities who traditionally have been economically marginalized and structurally excluded by traditional market forces, government policies and most civil society efforts.

  • We seek to weave a strong web of supportive relationships among all stakeholders, including every type of cooperative, supporting institutions and the city government.

  • We aim to secure the resources necessary to facilitate opportunities that can either provide the various 'wrap around' services new and growing co-ops require, or can connect cooperative businesses with appropriate resources.

  • We prioritize worker, housing, and food-oriented cooperatives.

  • We will also aim to work with the District government so that, where appropriate, the needs and the potential of co-ops are always considered, and co-op voices are part of deliberations.

  • We believe that all co-op development projects be substantially lead by the people who are, or will be, the members of those cooperatives.

  • We aim to secure improved funding, a more favorable policy environment, and other forms of support from the city government.

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