Welcome to CDI

We are transforming ownership of our economy — so that all people can meet their basic needs.

Cooperative Development Institute (CDI) is the source for cooperative business development in the Northeast. CDI’s mission is to build a cooperative economy through the creation and development of successful cooperative enterprises and networks in diverse communities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island and New York.

Cooperative Development Institute staff specialize in helping people work together to plan and launch a cooperatively owned business. We help existing privately held businesses convert to ones owned by their employees or the consumers of their products and services, we help start-up cooperatives, and we support existing cooperative businesses.

Our organization provides education, training and technical assistance to cooperatively-structured enterprises in all business sectors: food, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, housing, energy, arts, retail, service, health, and more. Find out more about CDI’s consultation services and our educational and training programs.

CDI fully supports the statement of values and principles adopted by the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA). CDI’s work is also guided by the Madison Principles, professional standards set by cooperative development leaders in Madison, Wisconsin in 1994.


CDI Seeks Worker Co-op Developer (Maine)

CDI is hiring! If you live in Maine and have an interest in worker co-ops and cooperative development generally, please take a look and let people know about this full-time position. See the full job posting: Position Available: CDI Worker Cooperative Developer [PDF] and a summary, below. Position Description The Worker Cooperative Developer will: 1) Work…