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Get your Co-op Principles Posters Today!

October 28th, 2014

all-posters-1Cooperatives can be found all over the globe in various shapes and sizes, from small-scale coffee producers in Latin America to worker-owned high-tech enterprises in Spain. Yet all cooperatives, regardless of their shape, size or location, share a common set of principles that serve as the foundation for a broader cooperative movement worldwide:

1) Open and Voluntary Membership
2) Democratic Member Control
3) Member Economic Participation
4) Autonomy and Independence
5) Education, Information and Training
6) Cooperation Among Cooperatives
7) Concern for Community

Born out of the experience of the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers in Rochdale, England, these principles form the backbone of the cooperative economy, serving as “guidelines by which co-operatives put their values into practice”—values such as self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity.

In the spirit of the 5th cooperative principle, we teamed up with our board member, Christie Zangrilli of Zangrilli Creative, to create these beautiful posters to spread the “nature and benefits of cooperation”.  ORDER YOUR SET TODAY!

Join Cooperation Texas for its 5th Year Anniversary Party

September 28th, 2014



Five years ago, we founded the first organization dedicated to creating dignified jobs through the development, support, and promotion of worker-owned cooperatives in Texas. We have come a long way since then and it’s time to celebrate! Join us for our 5th Anniversary Party!

Keynote by: Ed Whitfield

Food by: Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery

Drinks by: 4th Tap Brewing Co-op

Music by: Como Las Movies

Tickets: $20


Sustainer Appreciation Day: Food, Dranks, and Many Thanks!

August 25th, 2014

Every month, a committed group of Texans make a donation to Cooperation Texas, contributing to the creation of dignified jobs that give workers more ownership and control over their workplace, and therefore their lives. Our MONTHLY SUSTAINERS are helping build a new economy in Texas that puts people and the planet over profit. We are deeply grateful for all of our MONTHLY SUSTAINERS. That’s why we want to celebrate YOU with a drink and food on the house at Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery!

If you’re not a MONTHLY SUSTAINER of Cooperation Texas and would like to join in on the fun, sign up for as little as $10/month (or more!) before September 25th and get a free drink and food at Black Star!

RSVP on Facebook HERE.

When: Thursday, September 25th, from 6-8pm

Where: Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery

Why: Because you believe a new economy is not only possible, but necessary.

New infographic highlights the benefits & impact of cooperatives

August 14th, 2014

A new infographic from the Democracy Collaborative highlights the benefits and impact of cooperatives.

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Collective Courage

July 4th, 2014

Join us for a conversation with scholar/activist Jessica Gordon Nembhard on her new book that chronicles the “long, strong, but hidden history” of African Americans in the cooperative movement: “Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought & Practice”. A political economist and professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development in the Department of African American Studies at John Jay College of the City University of New York, Nembhard was a founding member of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and is co-founder of The Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland, College Park.

We will have copies of Jessica’s book for sale, along with food and beverages!