We aim to build a Federation or Network of associated/interconnected cooperatives. This is going to take time, training, capacity building, extensive resource generation and mobilization. Cooperation Jackson plans on developing cooperatives over the course of the next five to ten years. We have a very ambitious vision and we aim to build it step by step to create the new economy our communities and our planet so desperately need.
Cooperation Jackson began the process of developing cooperatives by having members form working groups to explore ideas for cooperative businesses based on the need, opportunities and interest.
Currently our emerging network includes Freedom Farms Cooperative and The Green Team Landscaping Coop. Over the past two years the Community Production Cooperative has been in development and is set to launch in 2019. In addition to these cooperatives, our Fannie Lou Hamer Community Land Trust has been established with over 30 properties in the surrounding area of our Balloon Center.
Early on Cooperation Jackson envisioned a number of cooperatives that can meet the need for jobs and much needed services along with the opportunity of the existing skills here in Jackson. We see cooperatives, especially worker cooperatives as a tool in creating a sustainable community exercising self-determination. Some of the ideas include:
Waste Management Cooperative
Recycling (Sorting) and Composting Cooperative
Arts and Cultural Production
Construction Worker/Skilled Labor Cooperative
Day-Labor/Temp Worker Cooperative
Solar Insulation/Green Retrofitting Cooperative
Auto Repair Cooperative
Food Service/Catering Cooperative
Health Care Cooperative
We look forward to continuing our work towards building a solidarity economy and expanding beyond the cooperatives even towards alternative exchange models and relationships.