CWOP designs credit courses, certificates and degree programs with scholars to expand education options for economic democracy and cooperative ownership.

Educational Resources

Worker Cooperative Resource Guide For Skills And Services New York City, Summer 2017/ Guía De Recursos De Destrezas Y Servicios Para Cooperativas Propiedad De Trabajadores Ciudad De Nueva York, Verano De 2017

This catalogue represents many of the resources in our city-wide collaboration, facilitated by the New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives, (NYCNOWC) and the CUNY’s School for Labor & Urban Studies. It is offered as a navigational tool for anyone interested in accessing the knowledge and supports our community can provide. We are publishing this catalogue as a beta version as a clearinghouse for training and support services in New York City.

Worker Coop Resource Guide for Skills and Services, New York City, Summer 2017

Current Academic Courses

Economic Democracy and System Change
Taught by Evan Casper-Futterman and Michael Menser
Cross-listed in the Masters Programs of both Labor and Urban Studies and the CUNY Graduate Center, Earth and Environmental Science Department.

Discussions around economic democracy and economic “alternatives” often focus on either firm-level changes like cooperative ownership structures, or focus on high-level, abstract conceptual shifts from “capitalism” or “neoliberalism” to some “next system”. Where do system transformation and the transformation of daily life intersect and interact? How do we join the urgent need for institutional redesign and reconstruction to the present day political movements and structures available to us today?

In this class we will look at mechanisms and visions for democratizing the economy, politics, and social life. We will investigate democratic forms of ownership, management, production, and consumption and the institutional and political conditions needed for them to flourish and scale.  Perspectives discussed include solidarity economy, community wealth building, P2P, co-city, new municipalism, energy democracy, commons, climate justice. Processes and forms include participatory budgeting, green new deal, cooperatives, platform cooperativism, reparations, community land trusts, federal job guarantee, public bank, green transition.  Sectors include healthcare, climate change adaptation, advanced manufacturing, public utilities in energy, water and broadband. Readings will draw from multiple disciplines, and include scholarship, policy, and dispatches from activists and practitioners past and present including Kali Akuno, Sylvia Federici, Sheila Foster, Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, Paul Mason, Nathan Schneider, and many others.


Evan Casper-Futterman is currently a doctoral candidate at the Bloustein School of Urban Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, studying economic democracy and economic development. He is on the Board of Directors of the Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York City (CEANYC). His writing has been published in The Lens and The Huffington Post, as well as the peer-reviewed Berkeley Planning Journal. He contributed a chapter in the edited volume, The Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas (2013).

Michael Menser first started teaching at Brooklyn College as an adjunct in 1995, became full time in 2003, and was tenured in 2009. He works with the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay, is president of the Participatory Budgeting Project and is a member of the doctoral faculty in Earth and Environmental Sciences and Environmental Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Past Academic Courses

Economic Democracy against Economic Crisis (Fall 2017)
Taught by Evan Casper-Futterman
With Guest Lectures by Dario Azzellini
Cross-listed in the Masters Programs of both Labor and Urban Studies. 

In the 1950s, labor unions claimed membership in 35% of the workforce. Today, density of labor unions outside of government employees is 6.7%. This precipitous decline in the economic and political power of working people begs the question: what will be the countervailing economic and political forces to capital and inequality in the 21st century? This course will identify and examine multiple forms of workers’ self-management and cooperative enterprises and institutions throughout history, both as a reaction to economic crisis and as a coherent vision for a humane and just society. The course approaches cooperatives and self-management not as an “alternative business model,” but as part of labor history and labor struggles, reconnecting cooperatives to their origins and their potential to advance values for a more just and participatory politics, economics, and society.


Evan Casper-Futterman is currently a doctoral candidate at the Bloustein School of Urban Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, studying economic democracy and economic development. He is on the Board of Directors of the Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York City (CEANYC). His writing has been published in The Lens and The Huffington Post, as well as the peer-reviewed Berkeley Planning Journal. He contributed a chapter in the edited volume, The Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas (2013).

Dario Azzellini, CUNY SLU visiting scholar, is a political scientist, lecturer at Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria, writer and filmmaker. He has published books, essays and documentaries about social movements, privatization of military services, migration and racism, including An Alternative Labour History: Worker Control and Workplace Democracy. His research and writing focuses on social and revolutionary militancy, migration and racism, people’s power and self-administration, workers control and extensive case studies in Latin America.