Anyone who hates working for 'The Man' will love what these charts have to say.

Being a business owner doesn't have to mean what most people think it means. Here's another way of doing things that's proving to be better than business as usual.

Instead of accepting the ridiculous idea that business has to be controlled by a few people who make all the decisions — and make most of the money — members of these communities built new cooperative businesses to meet local demand while serving the needs of their members. And the benefits are permeating throughout the community, making the local economy stronger and people's lives better.

Currently, there are 30,000 cooperatives in the U.S. Those businesses hold over $3 trillion in assets, generate over $650 billion in revenue, and employ nearly a million people. Worker cooperatives are the most equitable of all cooperative models, and they have the greatest potential for transforming the economy, particularly for low-income communities. But they're also some of the rarest in the country.

Thankfully, there are a lot of smart people working to develop — and even finance — cooperative businesses throughout the U.S. Here's a report that'll tell you all about it, including ways you can be a part of these exciting possibilities.

And just so you have a sense of the breadth of work that cooperatives are already doing, here are 16 examples of worker-owned cooperatives around the world.

MORE: 7 delightful posters that explain the 7 cooperative principles.


Mom and blogger Mary Katherine Backstrom regularly shares snippets of life with her two children on her Facebook page. One particularly touching interaction with her daughter is melting hearts and blowing minds due to the three-year-old's wise words about forgiveness.

Even adults struggle with the concept of forgiveness. Entire books have been written about how and why to forgive those who have wronged us, but many still have a hard time getting it. Who would guess that a preschooler could encapsulate what forgiveness means in a handful of innocent words?

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California has a housing crisis. Rent is so astronomical, one San Francisco company is offering bunk bedsfor $1,200 a month; Google even pledged$1 billion to help tackle the issue in the Bay Area. But the person who might fix it for good? Kanye West.

The music mogul first announced his plan to build low-income housing on Twitter late last year.

"We're starting a Yeezy architecture arm called Yeezy home. We're looking for architects and industrial designers who want to make the world better," West tweeted.

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The U.S. women's soccer team won the Women's World Cup, but the victory is marred by the fact that the team is currently fighting for equal pay. In soccer, the game is won by scoring points, but the fight for equal pay isn't as clearly winnable and the playing field isn't as even.

We live in a world where winning the World Cup is easier than winning equal pay, but co-captain Megan Rapinoe says there's one easy way fans can support the team: Go see games.

Some people argue the men's team deserves to get paid more because they are more successful and earn more money for the United States Soccer Federation. Pay depends on merchandise and ticket sales, and in general, men's sporting events tend to draw a bigger crowd than women's sporting events. It's not about sex, many argue; it's about the fact that people just prefer to see men play.

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You think you know someone pretty well when you spend years with them, but, as we've seen time and again, that's not always the case. And though many relationships don't get to a point where the producers of "Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?" start calling every day just to chat, the reality is that sometimes partners will reveal shocking things even after you thought you'd been all shocked out.

That's the case for one woman whose Reddit thread has recently gone viral. The 25-year-old, who's been with her boyfriend for five years, took to a forum for relationship advice to ask if it was normal that her seemingly cool and loving boyfriend recently revealed women shouldn't have a fundamental right. (And no, it's not abortion — although there are a lot of "otherwise best ever boyfriends" out there who want to deny women the rights to bodily autonomy, too.)

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