One of the most hopeful movements toward a prosperous, human and environmentally responsible economy is the rise of the cooperative business model. Cooperatives, or “co-ops,” are businesses in which ownership of the company is shared, and since the Great Recession, they are rapidly rising in popularity. Last year was officially dubbed “The Year of the Cooperative” by the United Nations, and co-ops were the feature topic of the Spring 2013 edition of *Yes!* magazine. The magazine explained that there are four major types of co-ops: consumer cooperatives, owned by the people who buy goods or services from the business, a local example would be theWillimantic Food Co-op, producer cooperatives. Companies or individuals joining together to market their products, a local example is the Farmer’s Cow cooperative for dairy farmers, purchasing cooperatives (in which small businesses band together to compete with large corporations, examples include Ace and True Value hardware stores), and worker cooperatives, an example is the Massachusetts-based Equal Exchange. Many people may be surprised to know that co-ops already play a major role in the global economy – they have operated for about two hundred years alongside traditional corporately owned businesses, and today they account for over 100 million jobs worldwide, which is 20 percent more than multinational corporations. In the U.S. there are over 300,000 co-ops that provide 2 million jobs and $75 billion in wages and benefits.