i too was involved in a co-op and quit due to immense frustration. what i dealt with was not endless hours and meeting trying to explain the member-owner idea, but endless hours and meetings trying to explain to the hierarchical board what a co-op is and how it should be run. after dividing our group into committees and subcommitees and elected board vs active members and then finally discovering that some members of the elected board thought they were superior to other board members and held secret planning meetings, i gave up. not matter how many people are in support of the project, no matter how much money is raised, it’s not going to be a good, wholesome co-op if people who have no idea what community means are in charge of it.