(Learn what a cooperative is!)

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Big Idea Bookstore
Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers of Pittsburgh Co-op @blackurbangardeners
Borland Green Ecovillage 527 N. Beatty in E. Liberty
Dirt Landscaping Collective
East End Cooperative Ministry
East End Food Co-op
EEFC Credit Union
Farmers’ Market Coop of East Liberty
Fishes and Loaves Cooperative Ministry
Fourth River Workers Guild
Hill District Credit Union
Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative
Mr. Roboto Project
Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance
Pinup Posters Courier Collective
Pittsburgh Central Federal Credit Union
Pittsburgh Chamber of Cooperatives
Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library
Riverset Credit Union
Triboro Federal Credit Union
Ujamaa Collective
Union Project Ceramics Cooperative
Work Hard Pittsburgh

A cooperative is an organization that is owned and democratically controlled by its members, who may be individuals or independent organizations (including other co­ops). Within this model, there is a lot of flexibility. Cooperatives exist with different structures, across many sectors, and with a variety of target members. Some of the main cooperative types are consumer (which includes buying clubs and credit unions), worker, producer, and housing co­ops.

Cooperatives are typically based on seven core principles:

  • Voluntary and open membership
  • Democratic member control
  • Economic participation by members
  • Autonomy and independence
  • Education, training, and information
  • Cooperation among cooperatives
  • Concern for community