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Converting to a Worker Cooperative

May 6th, 2015

At the 2015 Austin Co-op Summit, Jon Lebkowsky of Polycot Associates spoke about the process of converting from a sole proprietorship business structure to a worker-owned cooperative. Cooperation Texas partnered with the Democracy at Work Institute to assist Polycot in their conversion. We love Polycot’s story and believe other businesses can take the same path to a humane, democratic, and sustainable business. If you or someone you know is interested in converting a business to a worker cooperative, contact us today at info@cooperationtexas.coop!

‘Beyond Business as Usual’ Report Release

April 8th, 2015

Beyond Business as Usual CoverWe are pleased to announce the release of Beyond Business as Usual: Putting Cooperation to Work in Austin, TX. This groundbreaking report explores the history, current impact, and potential of the cooperative economy in Austin. Based on over a year of research, the report examines the nature and benefits of the cooperative model and identifies barriers and opportunities for worker co-op development. 

Beyond Business as Usual also looks closely at the growing economic divide in Austin and how worker cooperatives can play a role in addressing these conditions as part of a more equitable approach to community economic development. The report can be downloaded for free from the Resources/Publications page.  We encourage you to share the report with your friends, colleagues, and community, and invite you to get involved in upcoming opportunities to take action on the report’s recommendations. 
 
 
 
 
 

Sustainer Appreciation Happy Hour – March 26th

March 4th, 2015

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 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 Thursday, March 26th, and get a free drink and food at our quarterly Sustainer Happy Hour at Black Star.

 

Facebook Event

When: Thursday, March 26th , 6:30-8:30 pm

Where: Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery

 

‘Own the Change’ Video Coming Soon

February 5th, 2015

In just a few days, GRITtv and TESA (the Toolbox for Education & Social Action) will be releasing a video for people curious about the benefits of worker co-ops. Own the Change: Building Economic Democracy One Worker Co-Op At a Time is expected for release on February 9th, and we are looking forward to it. Check out the trailer below!

Sustainer Appreciation Happy Hour: Food, dranks, and many thanks!

December 9th, 2014

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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 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 Wednesday, December 17th, and get a free drink and food at our quarterly sustainer happy hour at Black Star:

When: Wednesday, December 17th from 6-8pm

Where: Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/302328973299126/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular