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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

Credit Unions

Full-service financial institutions that are owned cooperatively by their members.

September 14, 2023

Words Matter: Measuring the Cooperative Identity Crisis


Using text-as-data techniques, we apply the dictionary to a 15-year sample of credit union (a type of co-operative) and bank (IOFs) annual report texts. The resulting model ranks credit unions and banks on a co-op versus IOF firm scale and identifies credit unions that may be at risk of losing their identity because of their use of IOF language.

February 3, 2022

Scaling Co-operatives Through a Multi-Stakeholder Network


This case study analyses a multi-stakeholder network of single-stakeholder co-ops that emerged in the Colorado solar energy industry that could be a replicable model for scaling co-operative businesses despite challenges of capital access.