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This Saturday, August 12, people worldwide will celebrate International Youth Day. Observed annually on August 12 since 2000, this United Nations

For a while now, there’s been a growing interest in what’s called “community wealth-building”.

October is Co-op Month.  During the month we celebrate all the ways co-ops build a better world—through equality, through ownership and by investing in people and their communities. 

October is Co-op Month.  During the month we celebrate all the ways co-ops build a better world—through equality, through ownership and by investing in people and their communities. 

Two organizations -the Federation of Southern Cooperatives headquartered in Georgia and the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras - have been selected to receive the 7th annual

Tired of getting nickle and dimed by your bank?

Tired of getting nickle and dimed by your bank?

September 1 constitutes the 50th anniversary of the Tibet Autonomous Region.

September 1 constitutes the 50th anniversary of the Tibet Autonomous Region.

In a rather science fictional moment, the Expedition 44 crew members on the International Space Station are about to eat the very first space crops.

A Northern Michigan program is designed to get girls thinking about a life of agriculture.

New government funding will boost the networks of eight rural Internet service providers, including five customer-owned ISPs in areas that aren't densely populated enough to attract major investmen

New government funding will boost the networks of eight rural Internet service providers, including five customer-owned ISPs in areas that aren't densely populated enough to attract major investmen

Local British media is marked by monopolised ownership and a consistent decline in availability and quality.

Local media is marked by monopolised ownership and a consistent decline in availability and quality.

DepositAccounts.com recently released their list of the top 200 healthiest credit unions and three Indiana credit unions made the list:  Interra Credit Union, Financial Center First Credit Union an

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will extend its collaboration with the Rabobank Foundation to boost farming and food security in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

The Michigan State University Student Housing Cooperative is currently in the process of buying two new properties to create a new student housing co-op. Holly Jo

The status of women in India has been subjected to intense media glare over the past few years, and the safety of travel in India for women has been questioned.

The status of women in India has been subjected to intense media glare over the past few years, and the safety of travel in India for women has been questioned.

Nearly 2,000 young people spent a week in the nation’s capital celebrating service and citizenship while learning about the cooperative difference during NRECA’s 51st annual Electric Cooperative Yo

Unique partnership between Conseil du Café-Cacoa, Cargill, CARE and farmer cooperatives is delivering improved education and healthcare in 14 communities.

Farmers markets are gearing up again this summer, and the U.S.

Roundy's CEO Bob Mariano spoke on  Tuesday in the United Fresh opening session in Chicago. He stated “Millennials reject the idea that eating healthy has to be boring,” he said.

As many of us watch or participate in the movement to improve the lives of service workers through raising the minimum wage, another, more radical story is being told on the margins: the story of w

As many of us watch or participate in the movement to improve the lives of service workers through raising the minimum wage, another, more radical story is being told on the margins: the story of w

A new study from University of California Davis finds that up to 90% of the US population could be fed a standard American diet consisting only of food grown and raised within 100 miles. Local food

Consumers who want to avoid genetically modified foods will benefit, according to the U.S. Dept.

Fannie Mae has launched its Green Rewards multifamily financing program for owners of apartment buildings and

The Farmers’ Market program has been very popular for more than a decade on Interstate 90.

The USDA Farmers Market turns 20 this year, but Friday night it plans to shake things up a bit. For the first time, the weekly seasonal event is adding a night market.

A year after Ebola devastated swaths of Sierra Leone, killing more than 10,000 people in the region, life in the West African nation is slowly returning to normal.

National Cooperative Bank (NCB), a leading financial institution which provides banking products and services to souther

“Our members have invested nearly $100 million in the last five years in dairy processing that has brought increased capacity to our plants, added value to our members’ milk and created jobs for th

THE Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) emphasized on Tuesday that joining cooperatives will help Filipinos fight poverty.

Exciting news from Common Ground Food Co-op in Champaign!

On March 18, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio continued his public support of worker cooperatives as a tool to address economic inequality, signing into law the first ever piece of city legislatio

A new startup called Bankjoy wants to bring a modern-day web and mobile banking experience smaller banks with a white-labelled product and accompa

One thousand olive producers in Lebanon recently attended a mechanical harvesting workshop organized by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Cornelius Blanding was selected by the Board of Directors to be the new Executive Director of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund starting on March 1, 2015.

Organic Valley Snack Sticks are made with delicious organic cheese, crafted in small batches for exceptional flavor.

An online survey conducted by the International Labour Organization (ILO)’s Cooperatives Unit and the International Co-operative All

In a phone call from Cuba last week, Michigan Agri-Business Association president Jim Byrum said he saw opportunities for Michigan to export items like eggs, fruit, and beans to the country.

When it comes to places to save money, you’ve got a lot of options.

The Indiana Cooperative Development Center (ICDC) received a $

Credit unions are leading other financial services in customer satisfaction across the nation, according to a report released today by the

The 2014 Crossroads Cooperative Summit was held on Friday, November 7 and by all accounts was a great success.

Four outstanding cooperative leaders will

The word ‘pathbreaking’ should not be used casually, but this is, in fact, a pathbreaking book. There is nothing like it.

CHS, a leading farmer-owned cooperative based in the Twin Cities area, has purchased the naming rights to the St. Paul Saints’ new ballpark.

Before Zaida Ramos joined Cooperative Home Care Associates, she was raising her daughter on public assistance, shuttling between dead-end office jobs, and not making ends meet.

Youth involvement is a priority for many co-operatives around the world, and to reflect this, the International Summit of Cooperatives is running a Young L

Credit Unions around Maine are raising money for the Campaign for Ending Hunger.  "Share the Bread" is kind of a play on words," said Jon Paradis, the Vice President of Governmental Affairs and Pub

Aug. 3-9 is National Farmers Market week.  Take some time to visit your community farmers market and get to know your local farmers.  

Here's another unique way that cooperatives are helping their communities.  CHS Inc.

Folioflare design business has recently converted a single owner business into a worker cooperative.

Zingerman's Deli is a staple of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Its fans include President Obama and celebrity chef Mario Batali.

The cooperative business model is helping lift people out of poverty around the world.  This latest example in Nigeria is aimed at helping fish farmers stablize and grow the market.

Bloomingfoods and Edible Indy are pleased to co-host a celebration of local foods by way of an Instagram photo contest.  From now until July 15th, simply take any food-related picture, tag it with

Latinos who dream of becoming farm owners are forming co-ops and getting business training.  Agua Gorda cooperative is in its early stages of growth.

According to the newly released 2014 American Customer Satisfaction Index (http://www.theacsi.org) survey, member-owners belonging to not-for-profit electric c

ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum is one of six organizations in the nation selected by the Smithsonian Institution to present local innovation and invention at the National Museum o

A fully operational student-run credit union opened in University High School on Wednesday afternoon (4/23/14).

Shake off those cold winter blues!

Farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States will share in an estimated $433 million cash distribution from CHS Inc.

In what could be a sign that the U.S.

Carole Umbel, a Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) member from Hanover, is the recipient of the Good Samaritan Award, presented by the Virginia, Maryland & Delawa

Five years after the collapse of major banking institutions Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns, Americans still don't trust big banks with their money.

"Up and Coming, Up and Running"  is a conference focused on helping communities start their own food co-ops and achieve success during the first years of store operations.  This two day conference

India is mainly an agrarian society with more than half of its population still residing in the villages.

Minnesota farmer Alan Holm has been elected to a three-year term on the board of CHS Inc.

Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative is dedicated to changing insurance by delivering a new and better way to experience quality, comprehensive care.

The New Hampshire SBA recognized Northeast Credit Union as an Emerging Lender in SBA loans.  The Emerging Lender Award recognizes financial institutions that worked with the SBA

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week that the Indiana Cooperative Development Center (ICDC) was one of 34 organizations across the US selected for a Rural Cooperative Development g

Debbie Trocha, Executive Director of the Indiana Cooperative Development Center was recently elected to the National Cooperative Business Association's board of directors.

NCBA CLUSA‘s Annual Cooperatives Conference draws hundreds of cross-sector cooperative leaders passionate about learning the latest best practices and trends for creating powerful change in their o

At a time when the world is facing a series of challenges, co-operatives can position themselves as builders of sustainability, delegates at the International Co-operative Alliance Global Conferenc

The exterior may still be under construction, but the long-awaited second outpost of Wheatsville Co-op is open for business – and business is good.

The 16th Annual Farmer Cooperative Conference will be held next month in Minneapolis.

Minnesota is now home to 79 of the nation's 103 senior-citizen housing co-ops, according to the Senior Cooperative Foundation of St. Paul.

Business leaders and community organizers in Milwaukee have formed a nonprofit health insurance company to provide coverage to small businesses and individuals.

For George Siemon, a cooperative is more than a business model.

Here's another example of cooperatives' concern for community from Yakima, WA. 

City Foods Cooperative in Lafayette, IN, has a new location - 632 Main St..  Take a few minutes to stop by and support your local food cooperative.  Congratulations City Foods!

For the ninth consecutive year, Canadians ranked credit unions first in overall Customer Service Excellence among all financial institutions in the 2013 Ipsos® Best Banking Awards

The general contractor and Bloomingfoods staff are busy putting the finishing touches on the Elm Heights store in preparation for opening day.

On Tuesday, August 13, Hoosier Energy broke ground on their new corporate headquarters in Bloomington, IN.  The 83,000 square foot facility will improve workforce efficiency and allow more than 115

Abigail and Lauren Moseley of Emporia have been awarded honors in Cooperative Living magazine’s 2013 Youth Art Contest.

The Federaion of Southern Cooperatives Land Assistance Fund will honor a civil rights activist with a lifetime achievement award this week.  C.T.

On Aug. 8, a Fort Smith family was given a surprise as the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas announced that Kyle and Alisha Quenga had won a $50,000 energy efficiency home makeover.

United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has proclaimed Aug. 4-10 as National Farmers Market Week.

An innovative approach to milk banking becomes a reality as the Mother’s Milk Cooperative (MMC) launches the only paid milk donor program in the United States.

This summer, Flooring America, a division of CCA Global Partners and the nation’s largest floor covering cooperative, is hitting the road for a nationwide Where Friends Send Friends mobile m

You've always known you were a wizard in the kitchen. Or . . . maybe not. Maybe you're a kitchen klutz, and you couldn't boil your way out of a box of pasta.  Fear not!

The farm-to-table movement has heightened awareness of the benefits of buying food raised closer to home.

Weavers Way Co-op in Philadelphia, Pa. is on a mission to link more people with local food. One way they are doing this is through their three co-op-owned farms, located right in the city.

Co-operators around the world celebrated the Movement’s annual ‘International Co-operative Day’ on 6 July.

In early April, 52 young people trained in screen printing technique, living in Martissant proceeded to the inauguration of a screen printing workshop they have established with the support of the

Cooperatives are flourishing around the world even in communist countries.  

Here's another example of cooperatives' concern for their communities (and a fun one at that).

The human capacity for creativity never ceases to amaze me.  Check out this story about a Yellowknife glass recyclers cooperative (a worker cooperative) that recycles bottles into beautiful and use

Since 1949, the Elberta Farmers Co-op has been a valuable resource to Baldwin County farmers.

The chief Congressional champion for the national cooperative movement, Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), has introduced H.R. 2437, the Creating Jobs Through Cooperatives Act.

Lost River Community Co-op is pleased to announce the hiring of Nancy Rainey as the new store manager for Lost River Market and Deli.

U.S. Rep. Allyson Y.

The University of Washington's Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is opening its new exhibit, “Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities".  The exhibit runs from Ju

Food co-ops are a rapdily growing sector of the cooperative economy.  Like all businesses, start-up and existing, cooperatives often need to access capital.

According to a a new research report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), credit unions are better than banks when it comes to serving the financial need of small and medium-s

The St. Petersburg Bicycle Cooperative opened its doors Saturday to a diverse crowd of cyclists.

Bloomingfoods' fifth location, Elm Heights, is on track for an early July opening.  They have done a number of things that create a ‘green’ space and still keep the project on budget.  Follow the s

In a recent blog post, Jason Sibert posed some interesting ideas about boosting home ownership using cooperative housing.  He posed the question "What if we could create more forms of cooperative h

On Friday, May 31st, 2013, ordering through Hoosier Harvest Market, Indiana’s first food hub in Central Indiana to focus on Indiana grown products, will open to customers.

Cooperative businesses are an experiment in everyday democracy.

All over the country, schools are graduating students without job prospects.  Read this inspiring story of how four high school students started a worker cooperative in Chicago's Austin neighborhoo

In 2001, the CCA Africa Region director noted there was a lack of professional development for women in Africa and Asia.

Co-operatives across the UK are being invited to star in a collaborative film to celebrate  Co-operatives Fortnight, the UK co-operative sector’s annual national campaign.

The group of 18 African-American and Latino men and women who crowded around the pair of ceremonial scissors on May 10 were embarking on a trailblazing experiment in collective ownership.  The gran

An innovative approach to milk banking becomes a reality this Mother's Day as the Mother's Milk Cooperative launches the only paid milk donor program in the United States.  Dubbed, "Milk Money

Young professionals are becoming a key demographic driving the bottom line of a credit union.

REI - What began as a group of 23 mountain climbing buddies is now the nation's largest consumer cooperative.

Mother's Day is May 12 and many of us struggle with what to give mom on her special day.  Why not shop your favorite co-op?  Try tasty cheese from Cabot, delicious chocolates, tea or coffee from Eq

The Nepal Health Care Co-operative Ltd.

For 25 years, Organic Valley has been cultivating goodness and keeping farmers on the land.  Organic Valley is America's largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nation's leading organ

Four outstanding cooperative leaders will receive the cooperative community’s highest honor on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013, when they are inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame.

They shared an active, outdoorsy lifestyle in the Pacific Northwest. They shared a talent for creative work.

Health care and the rising cost of health care is on the minds of people everywhere.  A recent article in Yes!  magazine tells the story of how Don McCormick,

CADIAI is one of Italy’s most established social services cooperatives. It was founded in Bologna in 1974 by 30 people, 27 of whom were women.

The food store, referred to as Bloomingfoods Ivy Tech, is under construction and if all goes well, will be opening soon.

In a resolution passed by the U.S.

According to General Manager Chris Diley, The People's Food Co-op in Kalamazoo continues to be among the fastest growing food cooperatives in the nation.  At a recent annual meting, it was announce

Richard Wolff, a prominent economist in America argues there’s a better way to run the economy that’s in the interests of the 99%, instead of the 1%.

After a successful crowd-funding campaign that raised the funds for a manufacturing licence, Earthworker Cooperative Australia and Eureka’s Future Workers Cooperative will install their first solar

In a recent article in YES! magazine, Marjorie Kelly write about "how cooperatives are leading the way to empowered workers and healthy communities".  Emerging in our time—in largely disco

From now on, the global mantra for filling market gaps is going to be, “There’s a co-op for tha

In countries around the world, family farmers are growing the food that supports two billion people on what is often called marginal or limited land.

There must be hundreds of reasons why co-operatives make you happy.

Co-operatives are businesses run by the people, for the people; so it makes sense that all those connected to co-operatives are more likely to be much happier.

Please join us on Monday, March 25 at The Platform, 202 East Market Street, Indianapolis, for a presentation by Ted Howard, Executive Director of the Democracy Collabora

Like a team of super heroes, the members of the Lluke coop respond to the needs of communities and cooperatives throughout Chile.

Though only a few hundred kilometers from Shanghai, farmers living in the small rural township of Bihu have long struggled to find a market for their produce.

Confused about the definition of "local food"?  Read about an innovative program in Alberta Canada that assigns a score and helps customers determine just how "local" a product really is.

On Monday, February 25th, the third Evergreen Cooperatives business, Green City Growers Cooperative, officially opened its doors.

Why support the co-ops in your community? The benefits might be further-reaching than you think.

Marjorie Kelly, in a recent article in YES! magzine talks about "How cooperatives are leading the way to empowered

The role of cooperatives as a mainstay of the social economy in Bulgaria was discussed at an international conference held in Sofia on 4 December 2012 to mark the conclusion of the 2012 UN Internat

Yudiel Mojena Guerra, a young farmer from eastern Cuba, was given land from the government as part of a strategy to increase domestic food production.

Real Pickles - what a cool name!  Real pickles produces raw naturally fermented pickles made from local, organic and sustainably farmed produce. 

Trade School is a self-organized learning platform that connects students to receive instruction from teachers in exchange for barter items that the teacher requests.

In 1998 Rwanda, the country was recovering from a brutal civil war that had badly damaged the economy.  As Africa’s most densely populated country, land is a precious resource in Rwanda, particular

There's still time to register for the Farmers Market Boot Camp this Thursday, Feb.

HUBs are uniquely designed spaces that provide a creative environment as well as a professional infrastructure to work, meet, learn and connect.

Agriculture is the largest contributor to the gross domestic product of Egypt, even though less than 4 percent of the land is arable.

Small savings, big development is the motto of Koboko United Cooperative, a savings and credit co-operative (SACCO) in northern Uganda, an area that is still recovering from the effects ci

As most rural households prepare for the upcoming Spring Festival, 55-year-old Yu Huihuai is busy setting up another rice seeding greenhouse, which can serve 1,330 hectares of paddy field.

In 2013, Red Sun Press will be celebrating its 40th anniversary as Boston’s Green Commercial Printer.

The Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance has included two recommendations supporting the co-operative sector in its pre-budget report.

CHS recently announced the introduction of the CHS Center for Cooperative Growth, an online platform that gathers and shares diverse viewpoints.

Americans are people who work together for the common good. Cooperation is embedded in our DNA.

Even in parts of the world torn by strife and war, cooperatives are flourishing.  In celebration of the International Year of Cooperatives 2012, ACTED hosted four National Cooperative Fairs in the

Starting a new food co-op or in your first years of operation? Up and Coming, Up and Running 2013, held in Bloomington, Indiana, March 1 & 2, with optional in-depth workshops o

A new study published by Enery Transition reveals how the shift towards renewable energy or “Energiewende” in Germany is driven by co-operatives. 

Housing co-ops come in all shapes and sizes.  Students' Cooperative is a premiere provider of low-income housing on the University of Minnesota campus since 1940.

It's not too early to start thinking about Farmers Markets.  Each month, SNAP benefits  brings over $122 million dollars into our state to help low-income families get the food they need for good h

Cooperatives fundamentally bring economics back to the people they serve. They promote the ability to do good while doing well.

Via Sign Language Sector Cooperative offers high quality Finnish sign language interpreting and teaching services nationwide. Via is owned by its 47 interpreter members.

Like a team of super heroes, the members of the Lluke coop respond to the needs of communities and cooperatives throughout Chile.

March 1 & 2, with optional in-depth workshops on February 28

Six years ago, the Iranian Vegetable Oil Industry Association decided it was time to go into business – co-operative business.

Two home care agencies are taking the lead in publicly committing to the triple bottom line—people, planet, and profits—through their certification as B Corporations.

The July War of 2006 was swift and decimated towns and villages.

When residents of Cummington, Mass., and the surrounding towns heard that the owners of  The Old Creamery Grocery wanted to sell the business, they got together and came up with a plan to keep the

What would the world be without cooperatives?

The International Cooperative Alliance has just released its "2020 Challenge," an ambitious set of goals. By 2020, the ICA wants to see co-ops as:

In 1955, the Andalucían province of Almería, in southeastern Spain, was a drought-ridden area with little infrastructure and a GDP per capita of less than half the national average.  Today the syne

The official closing ceremony for the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives had a strong focus on empowering, employing and engaging youth, resulting in the creation of an Internationa

There are many famous film festivals including Sundance, Heartland, Cannes,and Telluride. Now there's a new film festival featuring cooperatives.

In the small low-income community of Toisapu, in the Maluku islands, nutmeg used to be seen as a waste fruit.

The Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade is a framework which will take the global co-operative movement through to the end of the decade with a plan to see co-operatives grow as financially and env

Rural cooperatives and farmers’ organizations play a crucial role in the eradication of hunger and poverty.

The 32 volunteers of the "Hoosiers Powers the World" project received the 2012 Cooperative Community Service Award at the Indiana Cooperative Summit on Nov.

Common Thread is a non-profit cooperative of Canadian organizations.  Members operate sewing programs or support our work in various important ways.

Golden Steps is a worker-owned cooperative which provides non-medical elderly companionship services.

The 2012 Indiana Cooperative Summit was a huge success!  We had great speakers and participants had an opportunity to network and meet new cooperators from many different cooperative sectors.  Chec

In celebration of the International Year of Co-operatives (IYC), The Co-operators is donating a total of $220,000 to deserving co-ops across Canada through their National Co-op Challenge.  The chal

Comanche Electric Cooperative, in conjunction with Texas Co-op Power magazine, announces the launch of the 2013 Co-op Teens Power Texas video contest.  Students in grades sixth through twelfth whos

Singapore may be a small country but the business that its residents give to supermarket chain FairPrice and insurer Income has propelled them to be among the top 10 per cent of the world's biggest

According to FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva , "Whether you are in the UK, Brazil, Kenya, Thailand or Nepal, cooperatives help to generate employment, boost national economies and reduc

As a cooperative, mission-based lender, CoBank’s commitment to rural America extends beyond financial services.

Thousands of co-operators from around the world have descended on Manchester Central for Co-operatives United, the largest gathering of co-operatives in modern memory.

The construction industry is traditionally male-dominated.  In India, however, 51 percent of construction workers are women, of which 98 percent are unskilled.

Entrepreneurs around the globe are being urged to form cooperatives.  One such example is from Tanzania.  Tunu Pinda, wife of the Tanzanian Prime Minister, urged women entrepreneurs to form groups

Can business do well by doing good? Certainly – but businesses that are structured as “cooperatives” are actually doing better by doing good.

NCB recently released their annual Co-op 100 List and Indiana has five co-ops on the list.  Congratulations! to the following Indiana Cooperatives:  Do-It-Best Corp., Ft.

Join us on Nov.

Madeleine K. Albright was the featured luncheon speaker in Quebec last week at the 2012 International Cooperative Summit.  According to Ms.

Co-op Week 2012 is a special one, as it takes place during the International Year of Cooperatives.

CUMA spells cooperation for farmers

Join us on November 9 at the Indiana Cooperative Summit to celebrate Indiana’s 2012 Cooperative Hero – Bruce Ingraham, retired, from Beacon Credit Union in Wabash, Indiana.

The International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) has announced the launch of its official book, Building a Better World:  100 stories of Co-operation, in commemoration of the United Nations I

38 years ago, service station operators in Australia worked out that the only way to get a fair deal on prices was to unite and the co-op model proved the right fit providing commercial benefits of

RHINO (a 26 member artisan cooperative) -- which stands for Right Here in New Orleans -- will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a gala auction on Sept.

Three Canadian co-operators took the International Year of Co-operatives flag to the top of Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro and raised $16,575 for the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CD

The Fragokov cooperative, one of the largest engineering companies in the Prešov region and regularly listed as one of the top 200 best Slovakian companies, was founded in 1949.  By the late 1980s

One thousand people learned about co-operatives and social enterprise at a local trade fair in Coventry, England.

The Co-cyclists have returned to Amherst, MA, completing their 4,000 mile journey. Co-cycler Riko Fluchel made some reflections along the way. Below is a short excerpt:

Four months earlier than expected, the Art Theater in Champaign/Urbana, IL, has a new owner. Or owners — 1,200 and rising — to be exact.

CooperateUSA.coop and the CooperateUSA app are free resources developed by the National Cooperative Business Association

Since 2009 Cooperativas Escolares (Chile) has supported the development of twelve youth run cooperatives for students from ages ten to eighteen.

What a great idea!  The Co-operative Workers' Museum in Copenhagen does not tell the traditional story of land and glory or the rise and fall of kings of the past.

It's Going Local Week.  Be adventurous and try a new fruit or vegetable you've never had before.  Support your local farmers!

The curtain was about to come down for the final time at the Aron Theatre, an iconic cinema located in the town of Campbellford, Ontario.  With the owners ready for retirement, this meant Campbellf

Want to learn more about how your cooperative can appeal to the twenty-something-and-under crowd? Join us on November 9.

Here's another way cooperatives can help members cut costs.  As public agencies cut procurement staff, many agencies are streamlining their buying activities by purchasing from an ever increasing l

From banners to buttons, flags to flash mobs, cooperators across Canada are showing their IYC colours, but a worker coop in Guelph, ON is showing its IYC flavour: the 2012 Coffee Blend.

Cabot Creamery is the first dairy cooperative to achieve B Corporation Certification, a validation of its attention to environmental and social impacts on stakeholders.  Cabot joins a growing legio

On Aug. 21,  Inc. Magazine released its 2012 500/5000 List of fastest growing private companies in America.

The TICE cooperative aims to help children, families and schools reach their educational goals by DOING something effective.

By providing a forum for children to express their artistic talent through drawing, SICREDI, one of Brazil's credit union organizations and the Texas Credit Union League's (TCUL) "People to People"

If you’re under the age of 30 and a co-op professional, you have a chance to attend the upcoming annual meeting of the National Cooperative Business Association free.

As the energy crisis of the 1970s caused home heating costs to skyrocket, a group of Boston residents decided to help their neighbors who were living in drafty, uninsulated homes.

The Manos Cooperatives were founded in 1968, begun by five women whose goal was to develop economic opportunities for women in a country where there were, and are still, few opportunities for work.

I am constantly amazed at the wonderful variety of cooperatives around the world.  Common Thread is a cooperative with both an economic and social purpose.  Common Thread is a group of sewing co-op

Though few in number, telephone cooperatives still play a very important role in their communities.  McDonough Telephone Cooperative (MDTC) is a 61 year old company that is evolving and changing wi

United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack procaimed August 5-11, 2012 as National Farmers Market Week.  Many of you shop at farmers markets on a regular basis and enjoy a wide variety of f

The Indiana State Fair started today and runs through Aug.

I've talked a lot about cross sector collaboration across the country and internationally in previous blogs.  Indiana cooperatives have an opportunity to participate in cross sector collaboration a

Cooperatives are about economic empowerment and opportunity.  Learn how Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security has provided opportunities for immigr

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Do you love shea butter products?  Read on to learn how a Togolese shea butter cooperative is helping improve the lives of women and strengthen communities in Togo West Africa.

Here's another innovative cooperative idea - passenger transportation.

I just saw this program on the Young and Free Indiana website and thought it was terrific.   It's called "Spark Tank" and it's an effort to get Millennials engaged in their community.  In this case

Cooperativa CoopeAgri El General R.L. based in Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica began 45 years ago with 365 members.  Today it has about 20,000 small coffee and sugar producer members.

If you're a chocoholic like me, this story is for you.  The Grenada Chocolate Company is a tree-to-bar organic chocolate-making cooperative on the cocoa-producing Caribbean island of Grenada.

The Four Co-operative Models

For a completely different twist on housing cooperatives, read this story about Sue Dolman.   Sue had lived for 25 years in a wonderful house in the Welsh countryside.

Nearly a thousand people gathered at Payson Park earlier this week to welcome a group of bike riders who rode 2,300 miles from Miami, Florida to Portland, Maine as part of Cabot Creamery Cooperativ

In a year when Spain turned to the Eurozone for bailout assistance, there has been one sector of the Spanish economy which is inspiring in troubled times.

Worker ownership of businesses is making waves across the country.  One such effort is in Chicago - the just-formed New Era Windows cooperative.  These are the workers who refused to just give in t

What a great idea - eBooks about cooperatives!

The final round in the Spokester Search is underway! The top nine finalists were asked to put together a Challenge video and blog, talking about a financial topic.

July 7, 2012 marked "International Day of Cooperatives.  The International Cooperative Alliance released a press release quoting President Dame Pauline Green,“Co-operatives put people at the center

The high cost of funerals are an added burden for grieving families.  No one likes to think about death and dying but it is one the absolutes - we all will face death at some point.

Last September brought the launch of Scoop: a student food co-operative project in partnership with Food Co-ops experts

Here is an exciting opportunity to tell your cooperative story.  The Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) is o

At a conference last month, Irish President, Michael D Higgins, welcomed the role that co-operatives have played in Ireland and praised them as “vibrant example of creative communities”.  He contin

Bloomington is a finalist in the 2012 Rand McNally Best of the Road competition in the Best of Food category.

Here's another example of how cooperatives seek to empower people and bring about economic equality and stability.  This time the story is from Cambodia - a county once ravaged by t

More than 1,500 young consumer-members from electric cooperatives in 43 states are in the nation’s capital this week to help remind elected leaders that they have a stake in America’s future.

Blue Read, Chairperson, New Zealand Cooperatives Association, recently gave a speech at the symposium '2012 International Year of Cooperatives - Cooperatives Boosting Sustainable Development', in B

As more and more baby boomers retire, many are looking to simplify their lives.  Housing issues are one area that often come up in conversation.  Many boomers are tired of housing maintenance, yard

Hello from Philadelphia!  I'm having a great time meeting new food cooperators and learning from them.  During lunch today, Benjamin Franklin addressed the group and talked about the first U.S.

It’s encouraging to find that cooperative development is taking place even in China.  Read on……

A recent article in the online Namibian discusses the importance of cooperatives in helping lift youth and women out of poverty in the Karas and Hardap regions of Namibia. 

The Go Co-op website is filled with stories about amazing cooperatives.  The Self Help Credit Union is one of these amazing cooperatives.

The time is ripe for cross-sector collaborative projects to create win-win-win outcomes for co-ops, the cooperative movement, and the community at large.

Stories.coop is a great place to learn about cooperatives across the globe.  Today's "story of the day" features a cooperative in Rio de Janeiro that is practices the "boot strapping" tech

I just read a great article about "Fair Trade" and the role of cooperatives.  The article traces a trip made by Kent Davidson, a member of the Media Borough Council, t

The numbers are dismal.

Tara Lohan, Senior editor at AlterNet.org and editor of the book "Water Matters, has authored an interesting article on business structures.She writes "As our political system sputters, a wave

Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives that exist to serve their members, not to make a profit.

Cooperatives are businesses that allow their members to accomplish more together than they could individually.  A recent article in the Minnesota Farm Guide discusses the success of farmer

Given Iran's history, who would have dreamed that cooperatives could flourish in this country.

PSA Security Network® is the world's largest electronic security cooperative representing security system integrators.  At the 2012 PSA-TEC, Speaker Evan Hackel, president of Ingage Consulting, foc

I tell anyone who will listen that any business idea can be structured as a cooperative.  Ethics Girls Cooperative, a fashion design cooperative, proves my point.

As the baby boomers age, the need for housing will continue to rise.  When boomers no longer want to live in their homes or maybe they are no longer able to keep with the maintenance and yard work,

On May 4th, for the first time in US history, the White House held a national briefing for the widest range ever of US co-op leaders.

A recent article on syracuse.com quotes Chuck Conner, chief executive officer of the National  Council of Farmer Cooperatives calling farm cooperatives “the voice of the small producer.”

The Mississippi Council of Cooperatives (MCC) truly practices the Cooperative Principles, especially P7 - Concern for Community.  The MCCA has endowed a scholarship memorializing  longtime Mississi

Ever wanted to try your hand at writing poetry?  Are you already a poet and looking for people who share your interest?  Then, The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative may be for you.  The coo

Cabot worked with Chalo, Inc., a Vermont-based startup, to create the Reward Vo

A recent post on http://www.booktrade.info discusses an exciting new trend in publishing - electronic author cooperatives.   Groups of writers combi

Following Community Empowerment, a sophomore Leadership Fellows class taught by adjunct professor Patrick Harman during Winter Term, four Elon students came up with ideas for cooperatives in the Bu

The Canton Daily Ledger reports that "more than 250 students from rural areas of Illinois traveled to Springfield on Wednesday, March 28, for the Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperativ

A recent article by the Capital Institute, discusses how an unusual partnership in Cleveland, OH, is serving as a model of job creation, and wealth-building in an impoverished urban nei

A recent article in the Christian Science Monitor touts the benefits of the cooperative business model.  "Co-ops worldwide represent much more than hippie grocery stores: They're a fast-growing

In celebration of the United Nation's 2012 "International Year of Cooperatives" and to honor those who volunteer their time, Cabot Creamery Cooperative created Reward Volunteers®, the nation's firs

Over the years and continuing today, La Montanita reaches out to consumers, educating them on the benefits of buying local with "local product" shelf tags, posters, multimedia video screens and oth

The organizers of the 2012 International Summit of Cooperatives invite future cooperative leaders to Quebec City, Canada, October 8-11, 2012.  The Future Leaders Program will bring together 230 you

Health care costs in southeastern Wisconsin have risen 113 percent over the last nine years.  In an effort to find a solution to skyrocking costs, Milwaukee small business owner Bob Connolly led th

A  recent article in the Missoulian provides details about how a bill authorized by 2011 Montana Legislature authorizing inter-district co-ops as part of its major school funding bill is m

In her March 12, 2012, blog post, Maria Mill, NFU Director of Education writes, "This year people around the world are celebrating a business model that puts people first.

The National Worker Cooperative Conference is scheduled for June 22-24 in Boston, MA.

We wrapped up the 2012 Up and Coming Up and Running Start-up Food Co-op Conference on Saturday.  We had a great three days with co-ops from twelve states (as far aways as Alaska to the north and Mi

Reynard, a Justmeans staff writer for Sustainable Finance and Corporate Social Responsibility has written a great article using famous Beatles tunes to demonstrate principles of the co-op business

Writer and radio commentator Jim Hightower has an op-ed piece about cooperatives in Truthout.org, a nonprofit independent news and commentary organization.

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Four outstanding cooperative leaders will receive the cooperative community’s highest honor on Wednesday, May 2rd, 2012, when they are inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame.  The 20

To celebrate the International Year of the Co-op, The National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA), the National Association of Housing Coop

Are you planning a new food co-op in your community or have you recently opened a food co-op?  If so, the 3rd Annual Food Co-op Start-up Conference is for you.  A cooperative effort between the Ind

Want to tell the story of your co-op?  Visit www.stories.coop.  In their own words, here's the background on this website:  "Stories.coop is the world's first glob

Interested in alternative energy options for your community or subdivision, but think you can't afford to make such an investment?  Look at what the EcoVillage Cohousing Cooperative has been able t

Around the world, worker co-ops are considered a tool to spur economic development for immigrants.  Si Se Puede!

We all love our pets - from cats and dogs to birds, hamsters and turtles.  Americans lavish affection and money on their pets.  But when our pets are sick, injured or hurting, we make a trip to the

According to experts,health care costs in this country are spiraling out of control.  One big-picture indicator is that the United States annually spends nearly $8,000 per capita on health care, ab

Australia is celebrating the International Year of the Co-op in a big way.  It has issued a commerative "stamp" which will be available on Feb.

Ever wonder if your business idea would make a good cooperative?  Take a stroll on your favorite search engine and you'll find a number of amazing cooperative businesses.  Think - beer (

We're pleased to announce the 3rd annual Up & Coming Up & Running conference which will take place on Fri-Sat, March 9-10 in Bloomington, Indiana

According to the Social Business Australia, Hugh Jackman is a supporter of cooperatives. "I know from first hand experience making the Seeds of Hope documentary for World Vision that co-operatives give people the practical means to change their lives for the better."

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives.

The Indiana Cooperative Summit is a great platform for interaction with peers and professionals from across the state and beyond… that invaluable, important personal networking. Register today at www.indianasummit.coop!

The United Nations has declared 2012 the International Year of the Cooperative, but you don’t have to travel the world to see how successful the cooperative business model can be. In Indianapolis on October 28, leaders from a variety of cooperatives will gather for the fifth annual Indiana Cooperative Summit.

Shopping at farmers markets is one of the best ways to support farms, farmers and local economies.

Want to recognize your favorite cooperator for their efforts in your cooperative and/or community?

Why should YOU come to the 2011 Indiana Cooperative Summit? In two words… inspiration and information!

The Miami Oxford Organic Network (MOON) is a member-owned cooperative natural and organic food store planning for a July/August, 2011, opening.

The Local Growers Guild is looking for a Guild Manager who will work with this agricultural co-op’s board of directors to champion the cause of local foods in south Central Indiana and beyond.

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