Identifying Cooperative Allies

How to build a broader movement for social change. How to evaluate the cooperative alignment and potential of allies such as nonprofits, land trusts, and advocacy groups? "Grassroots Economic Organizing" or Geo offers thoughtful reports and analysis of the spectrum of cooperatives and cooperative allies, primarily in eastern U.S. and the U.K.  A recent report by Giles Simon, http://www.resilience.org/stories/2014-12-17/a-framework-for-new-economy-organizing, discusses the above question and offers a useful framework from Cooperative UK for evaluating allied organizations based on (1) the organization's membership-ownership axis, and (2) its cooperative ethos.  These criteria address cooperative principles and indicate alignment and overlap with existing co-ops.

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