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Canberra Co-ops Group

Canberra Cooperatives and Commons Development Group

SEE-Change is collaborating with the Canberra Cooperatives and Commons Development Group and Democracy @ Work.

If you are interested in cooperatives, worker self-directed enterprises, community based infrastructure and organisations, the democratisation of capital, alternative forms of ownership, non-hierarchical management, and the new economy, then look no further than the Canberra Cooperatives and Commons Development Group.

The group began in early 2017, and is currently establishing what is the most useful direction for it to go in, and what are the most feasible routes to take, given the skills and capabilities within the group. The Canberra Cooperatives and Development Group hopes to advocate for and support worker cooperatives, community groups, and democratic workplaces as a key path to a stronger, democratic economic system in Canberra.

The group also seeks to support and empower local cooperatives and offer pathways for people seeking to start their own cooperatives; whilst at the same time taking on their own cooperative based projects, and educational activities. The goal is to help create a strong foundation for a better Canberra economy in which workers were empowered; the environment is not a subset of the economy; and economically and socially marginalised communities are supported.

The group meet on the last Monday of every month. Contact us to find out more about the group, their next meeting, or their next event.

You might also want to check-out their great work at the Canberra Repair Cooperative!

Further Resources:

7 principles of cooperatives

Short video on how cooperatives work

Own The Change video on building economic democracy one worker co-op at a time

Get mutual’s page on how to set-up and run a cooperative

Study guide on cooperatives

Report on what we know about cooperatives by Virginie Perotin


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