Cooperative & Democratic Business Development
We are firm believers in the cooperative economy and with our friends and partners at the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance, we provide technical assistance and consulting to those interested in cooperative formation; existing coops; and in businesses looking to adapt cooperative principles of equity, profit sharing, and collective decision making into their business models. Wanderwell is a member of the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives as a cooperative developer.
We offer consulting for cooperatives on a sliding scale. Please email hello [at] wanderwellconsulting.com to chat.
We also offer Spanish-Language financial resources (budgets, glossary of financial terms) at no-cost for cooperatives. Please email us for tools.
What's a Co-op?
A cooperative is a private business organization that is owned and controlled by the people who use its products, supplies or services. Our work primarily supports worker-owned cooperative development.
Core cooperative principles:
- Voluntary and Open Membership
- Democratic Member Control
- Member Economic Participation
- Autonomy and Independence
- Education, Training and Information
- Cooperation Among Cooperatives
- Concern for Community
We grow the cooperative economy because we believe deeply in its power to build racial justice, wealth equity, and community control. If we want to build future economies that better support humans and communities, and contribute to ending systemic inequality, we need to build new models of ownership and earning.