11.954 Community-Owned Enterprise and Civic Participation

Spring 2005


The Harvard/MIT Cooperative Society is a cooperative that was founded by students in 1882 to provide merchandise to the community at competitive prices. (Image courtesy of OCW.)

Course Highlights

This course features video taped lectures on creating a cooperative and a description of the assignments.

Course Description

This course will examine literature and practice regarding community-owned enterprise as an alternative means of increasing community participation and development. The use of cooperatives, credit unions, land trusts, and limited stock ownership enterprises for increasing community participation and empowerment will be examined.

Special Features

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .rm.

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Prof. J. Phillip Thompson

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
3 hours / session