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).
Famous quotes containing the word cooperative:
“Then we grow up to be Daddy. Domesticated men with undomesticated, frontier dreams. Suddenly lifeor is it the children?is not as cooperative as it ought to be. Its tough to be in command of anything when a baby is crying or a ten-year-old is in despair. Its tough to feel a sense of control when youve got to stop six times during the half-hour ride to Grandmas.”
—Hugh ONeill (20th century)