Why Co-ops

Co-ops can provide solutions to major challenges we face in Greater Boston, including a more fair and just economy and housing affordability and stability.

Groups with overlapping skills can achieve things beyond the capacity of individuals working alone. When each member of the group can contribute his or her strengths, communities can realize their potential. There is great unrealized potential in our communities, especially communities of color. Individual people and organizations do not have the capability or resources to solve community problems—but collectively we do.

We believe that growing the local cooperative economy will strengthen and empower communities in Greater Boston to address challenges and determine the direction of their futures. Fostering the development of new co-ops and strengthening existing co-ops from all sectors—worker, housing, consumer, and producer—will return decision-making power to communities and be a force against exploitation from outside entities.