Community-Owned Enterprise and Civic Participation

A photograph of the entrance to the MIT/Harvard Cooperative Society.

The Harvard/MIT Cooperative Society is a cooperative that was founded by students in 1882 to provide merchandise to the community at competitive prices. (Image by MIT OpenCourseWare.)


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Spring 2005



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This course will examine literature and practice regarding community-owned enterprise as an alternative means of increasing community participation and development. The use of cooperatives, credit unions, land trusts, and limited stock ownership enterprises for increasing community participation and empowerment will be examined.

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J. Thompson. 11.954 Community-Owned Enterprise and Civic Participation. Spring 2005. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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