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Cooperative Enterprise for a Resilient Future

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Spring 2015
ESPM 98/198
2 Unit(s)

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About the Course:

What is a cooperative?

We could define it as a open, member-owned business, but those descriptors are all woefully inaccurate. Instead, this class begins with the idea that cooperatives are a historic and radical means of organizing around shared priorities, and that they can be leveraged to solve 21st century problems in ways traditional groups fail.

In Berkeley, the cooperative capital of the United States, we will trace together the history of cooperatives back from Fenwick & Owen to the old Berkeley Food Cooperative, examining the successes and failures these democratized groups have experienced. Moving onto today's cooperative landscape, we'll analyze how modern cooperatives have reorganized and reoriented themselves to face issues of environmental degradation, social inequality, and economic instability.

To best understand the cooperative movement today, we'll have to experience it ourselves: this means we'll be speaking in-person with seminal figures in co-ops, visiting local businesses as a class, and facilitating a highly-democratic classroom environment by employing cooperative values ourselves.

This class' content strongly influences its structure: we believe learning is best done, well, cooperatively. Come find out more at our two info-sessions, held on January 20th 27th before the first day of class on February 3rd. Light refreshments will be served; location TBA on this page and on the SERC Facebook (

The class is sponsored by the Student Environmental Resource Center.

How to Enroll:

We will try to accommodate as many students as possible.

Course Contact: jeffnoven AT, giordanorobie AT


Faculty Sponsor: Professor Gordon Frankie

Time & Location:

Our ClassRoberta Giordano
Jeff Noven
30258 DwinelleTu 4p-6p2/03started28997 (lower)
30009 (upper)

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