We want to live in a society where enterprises and assets are owned and controlled by the communities that depend on them for livelihoods, sustenance, and ecological well-being.
SELC’s Cooperatives Program works to vastly expand the legal resources available to cooperative enterprises of all types. We provide education, advocacy, research, and advice for cooperatives, including legal documents and guidance for best practices.
Including SELC's legal resource library for cooperatives, Co-opLaw.org; information on the Bay Area's first Worker Cooperative Academy; resources for worker self-directed nonprofits; downloadable legal guides and manuals, and much more!
Current Advocacy Projects
SELC's cutting edge policy recommendations provide practical steps for policy makers, urban planners, and advocates to support the creation of cooperative economies nationwide.
Find all the events related to SELC's Cooperatives program, as well as the Teach-ins, workshops, and gatherings that SELC offers or attending to build a cooperative economy.
Be part of the movement creating cooperative economies. Find out how you can get involved.
SELC prioritizes cooperative ventures for a simple reason: We believe that enterprises and assets should be owned and controlled by the communities that depend on them for livelihoods, sustenance, and ecological well-being. The legal architecture of organizations and enterprises is, in many respects, the architecture of our economy. Legal structures dictate how wealth flows through our organizations and how decisions are made. Traditional enterprise models are designed to grow the wealth of people who already have wealth, giving all decision-making power to those same individuals. By contrast, cooperatives put wealth and decisions into the hands of workers and consumers, building community well-being and transforming local economies.
Are you a cooperative looking for ongoing legal representation?
Our partner, the Green Collar Communities Clinic (GC3), is currently accepting clients that are "Enterprises that create job opportunities in low income East Bay communities that are either green/sustainable or incorporate cooperative ownership/democratic governance." For more info, please contact Sushil
Want more info about SELC's Cooperatives work?
Contact Ricardo Nuñez - firstname.lastname@example.org