Welcome to CDI

We make democratic ownership work for everyone.

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.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact the USDA’s TARGET Center at 202/720-2600 (voice and TDD).

To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

CDI Seeks Office Manager

Cooperative Development Institute is looking for a new Office Manager. That’s a little funny, since we don’t have an office–we’re a virtual organization with everyone working from a home office. But we still have a lot of administrative systems that help us to function, and we need a top-notch administrator, preferably local to the Shelburne…

“Celebrating Collective Courage” Brings Together Practitioners and Educators

Saturday, March 7, the day before International Women’s Day and on the cusp between Black History Month and Women’s History Month, CDI took the opportunity to celebrate the impressive history and contemporary vitality of Black women’s leadership in cooperative thought and practice. In partnership with CDI Board Member Tanya Fields’ BLK ProjeK and with the co-sponsorship of…

CDI’s Rob Brown Selected for the Democracy at Work Institute’s “Cooperative Developer Fellowship”

Our own Rob Brown, founder and director of the Business Ownership Solutions program at CDI, has been selected as one of 10 Fellows in the first cohort of Democracy at Work Institute Cooperative Developer Fellowships. We’re tremendously proud and honored! Also, we can’t wait to share in the wealth of networks and insights that working…