Cooperative roots and history
What does cooperative mean?
A cooperative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise. (Definition from: International Cooperative Alliance)
Cooperatives – then and now
German cooperative history dates to the second half of the 19th century when the first cooperative structures attempted to answer social and societal challenges such as the hunger crisis. The two main characters in this movement were: