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Dispatches From The Cooperative Economy

Sneak Peek at 4th Tap Brewing Co-op

August 29th, 2015


We recently took a trip over to 4th Tap for a sneak peek at the brewery and taproom. The taproom is a cozy mixture of reclaimed dark woods, slate tiles, and shiny copper fixtures. A rugged yet refined vibe. You can even see the brewery production from the taproom. This place is getting cooler by the day, and we can’t wait for the grand opening! Check out pictures from our visit on Facebook.




Case Study: Red Rabbit Cooperative Bakery

August 28th, 2015

Red Rabbit was a vegan bakery with a strong following in Austin, TX. The co-op operated for 4 years before deciding to close down.What can we learn from Red Rabbit in order to strengthen the worker cooperative movement? This case study describes the history and structure of Red Rabbit  and also identifies its greatest successes and challenges. We share it in the spirit of cooperation and with a desire to build our collective knowledge. Click here to read the case study.




Worker Cooperative Governance Workshop

August 20th, 2015



One of the keys to operating a successful worker cooperative or democratic workplace is having a clear set of policies, procedures, and systems of accountability to ensure effective governance. In this workshop, participants will walk away with a strong understanding of the role of governance in a worker cooperative, explore common governance documents, as well as the challenges and benefits of various governance models from existing worker cooperatives and democratic workplaces.


  • Johnny Livesay, Co-Founder and Kitchen Team Leader at Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery
  • Carlos Pérez de Alejo, Co-Founder and Director at Cooperation Texas.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 2nd @ 1pm

WHERE: 5555 N. Lamar Blvd. Suite K-101

This workshop is by donation. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
To attend, please RSVP HERE.


Satisfy Your Cravings and Support a New Economy

July 31st, 2015

Need a chocolate fix? Or maybe a caffeine pick-me-up? Well, right now when you buy Equal Exchange goodies from our online fundraising store, a portion of the sales will come back to Cooperation Texas to support our work of developing worker-owned and controlled businesses and building a more sustainable economy in Texas. Visit our online store to stock up on fair trade coffee, chocolate, tea, and more for yourself and your loved ones. Thank you for your contribution and enjoy!


Film Screening: ‘Can We Do it Ourselves?’

July 27th, 2015


Join us at 6pm on August 11th at MonkeyWrench Books for the screening of Can We Do it Ourselves?, a film addressing the common criticisms of cooperative enterprises: Aren’t they inefficient? Don’t successful businesses need one strong leader? Won’t people be demotivated to work? Hear what worker-owners and researchers in and beyond the U.S. have to say in this provocative look at economic democracy. The film lasts approximately 1 hour, and there will be an opportunity for remarks at the end. Also, be sure to stop by our merchandise table for t-shirts, coffee, chocolate, books, and literature about cooperatives.