What is cooperative?

  • (adj): Done with or working with others for a common purpose or benefit.
    Example: "A cooperative effort"
    See also — Additional definitions below


A cooperative ("coop"), co-operative ("co-op"), or coöperative ("coöp") is an autonomous association of persons who voluntarily cooperate for their mutual, social, economic, and cultural benefit. Cooperatives include non-profit community organizations and businesses that are owned and managed by the people who use its services (a consumer cooperative) and/or by the people who work there (a worker cooperative) or by the people who live there (a housing cooperative).

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Some articles on cooperative:

Leone Wollemborg
... He made significant contributions to the spread of cooperative enterprises, specifically rural credit unions and agricultural cooperative banks ... and a group of about 30 farm workers and small landowners founded Italy's first cooperative bank in Loreggia in 1883 ...
Cooperative Marketing Act
... The Cooperative Marketing Act of 1926 was a piece of agricultural legislation passed in the United States which expanded upon the Capper-Volstead Act of 1922 ... prospective crop, market, statistical, economic, and other similar information” at their local cooperative meeting, without breaking antitrust laws ... Under the Cooperative Marketing Act, farmers and their local, regional, and national cooperatives could legally exchange a host of information within their ...
Christopher Jargocki - Center For Cooperative Phenomena
... In 2006, Jargocki founded the Center for Cooperative Phenomena to promote the study of the emergent, and specifically, cooperative phenomena at all levels of complexity from ...
Cheboksary Cooperative Institute
... Cheboksary Cooperative Institute is an educational institute in Cheboksary ... The cooperative operates the International Institute of Entrepreneurship and Management ...
Types of Cooperatives - Federal or Secondary Cooperatives - Cooperative Political Movements
... In some countries with a strong cooperative sector, such as the UK, cooperatives may find it advantageous to form political groupings to represent their interests ... The British Cooperative Party, the Canadian Cooperative Commonwealth Federation and United Farmers of Alberta are prime examples of such arrangements ... The British cooperative movement formed the Cooperative Party in the early 20th century to represent members of consumers' cooperatives in Parliament, which was the first of its kind ...

More definitions of "cooperative":

  • (noun): An association formed and operated for the benefit of those using it.
  • (adj): Willing to adjust to differences in order to obtain agreement.
    Synonyms: accommodative
  • (noun): A jointly owned commercial enterprise (usually organized by farmers or consumers) that produces and distributes goods and services and is run for the benefit of its owners.
    Synonyms: co-op

Famous quotes containing the word cooperative:

    Then we grow up to be Daddy. Domesticated men with undomesticated, frontier dreams. Suddenly life—or is it the children?—is not as cooperative as it ought to be. It’s tough to be in command of anything when a baby is crying or a ten-year-old is in despair. It’s tough to feel a sense of control when you’ve got to stop six times during the half-hour ride to Grandma’s.
    Hugh O’Neill (20th century)