Boston Community Cooperatives
Boston Community Cooperatives (BCC) is a non-profit organization formed to build community through cooperative living, member education, neighborhood improvement and collective action. Members participate in a group-equity model of communally owned, democratically controlled and affordable
Structure and Vision
Inspired by similar organizations across North America, BCC was founded in 2001 in order to allow the Boston group-equity cooperative housing sector to serve more people by forming multiple coop houses under one umbrella organization. This streamlines cooperative overhead. By sharing governance, legal fees, administrative functions such as bookkeeping, and other operational systems, coops can realize efficiencies and free up more time to pursue their missions. This model has proven very successful in several places, such as Madison, WI, where Madison Community Cooperatives manages a network of 11 houses with over 200 residents.
BCC is the parent non-profit organization of the Seedpod Cooperative, an intentional living community in Dorchester. BCC is currently partnering with The Canopy to purchase a new property and start an intentionally child-friendly house in the Boston area.
The board of BCC is elected by (and from among) the membership of BCC. All residents of the houses owned by BCC (currently just Seedpod) are members.
BCC handles all of the business of Seedpod Co-op that might normally be done by a landlord. BCC holds the mortgage on the house, coordinates the capital improvements, and works to further our organizational mission. The BCC board is elected annually by our membership. Current board members include:
The BCC board also works with an advisory council to bolster our legal and technical expertise. Advisory Council members include:
Sam Wechsler, Institute for Policy Studies
Aspasia Xypolita, Real Estate Director, Viet-AID
Edgar Klugman, Professor Emeritus of Early Childhood Education and Care, Wheelock College
Theo Horesh, Former cooperative organizer, author and social entrepreneur
To read more about our leadership, visit this page.
BCC AND THE COOPERATIVE MOVEMENT
BCC is an active member of NASCO (North American Students of Cooperation), an organization which provides support and networking for group-equity cooperatives across North America. Group Equity, unlike other cooperative structures, maximizes the accumulation of equity in the cooperative as an
organization, rather than in the individual members. NASCO coops are able to both maximize affordability and expansion by retaining equity for the organization in perpetuity.
BCC and NASCO are situated within the global cooperative movement that reaches all sectors of the economy, including producer-owned coops (e.g. agriculture, crafts), worker coops (e.g. taxis, bike mechanics, print shops), and consumer coops (grocery stores, utilities, credit unions). See the resources page for more information about the coop movement.