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Co-op Basics

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Cooperative Principles
The seven cooperative principles, defined by the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) and integrated in to all cooperatives. 
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Coop Sectors
An overview of the different types of cooperatives: producer, consumer, purchasing, worker, credit unions and social. Prepared by the Cooperative Development Institute. 
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What is a Coop?
A definition of the defining characteristics that create a co-op.  Prepared by the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives.
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The Night the Lights Were Lit
Brief historical narrative written by David Thompson about the start of the modern day cooperative movement in Rochdale, England.
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UWCC Cooperative Equity and Ownership
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Workers Coop Manual
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Origins & Legacy: The History of a Cooperative Movement
A fascinating study of the origins of the Minnesota Finnish-American cooperative movement in 1917. Written in 1977 by Cy O’Neal with help from the collective of Minnesota’s Twin Cities food co-op’s newsletter, Scoop.
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