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Apr 4, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

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 first mobile app and computer widget that allows volunteers to log hours, post to Facebook and win rewards for themselves and the organizations they serve.  For additional details, read the press release at http://www.marketwatch.com/story/april-is-national-volunteer-month-2012-04-03.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: volunteer, Cabot, April, month Comments: [comment_count]
Mar 27, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The sixth international principle of cooperatives is “cooperation among cooperatives.” Simply put, it says that co-ops believe in supporting each other.  Imagine the power behind an entire network of co-ops leading with their values and encouraging their members to do the same. 

Principle Six is a pilot initiative that intends to build a food system and economy in alignment with cooperative values.  Principle Six members highlight and promote products which meet the group’s “highest values,” including cooperative-sourced and distributed foods and products.

The group educates and engages consumers in order to help them make mindful choices about the foods and products they eat, the companies that make them and the kind of food system they want.  The Principle Six website allows all who come to become part of this discussion (www.p6.coop).

Equal Exchange and six food cooperatives across the country are founding P6 members: Bloomingfoods Co-op (Bloomington, Indiana), Brattleboro Food Co-op (Brattleboro, Vermont), The Merc (Lawrence, Kansas), Davis Food Co-op (Davis, California), Equal Exchange (West Bridgewater, Massachusetts), Seward Food Co-op (Minneapolis, Minnesota) and Willy Street Grocery Co-op (Madison, Wisconsin).

Article from "2012 - International Year of Cooperatives" website hosted by NCBA:  http://usa2012.coop/home.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: principle, cooperative, cooperation, ower, members, values, food Comments: [comment_count]
Mar 26, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

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 other in-store signage that connects consumers with farmers who grow their food. La Montanita also provides support and services to farming families and value-added producers to help keep their businesses afloat during rough times. In conjunction with local officials and community organizations, the co-op works to positively impact policy that supports local agriculture.  Read more about this successful co-op at:  http://www.go.coop/stories/la-montanita.

Topics: Networking Tags: co-op, farmers, local, consumer, education, food, agriculture Comments: [comment_count]
Mar 23, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

This article about women forming fish farming cooperatives in Rwanda is another example of how cooperatives are empowering people around the globe both economically and socially.  Read the entire article at http://allafrica.com/stories/201203220170.html.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: women, fish, fish farming, cooperatives, rwanda, fishing, rabbits, social, economic Comments: [comment_count]
Mar 22, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

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 young cooperators between the ages of 20 and 35 from 90 different countries.  Participants will have the opportunity to meet with leaders and experts from the international cooperative community, attend exclusive events and connect with major cooperative players.  All cooperatives and the associations that represent them may participate in the Future Cooperative Leaders Program by nominating up to two candidates per organization.  Nominations must be submitted by April 30, 2012.  to find out more about the selection process please visit:  www.2012intlsummit.coop/site/summit-program/future-coop-leader.

Topics: Networking, Technical Assistance Tags: youth, young, cooperative, leaders, future, Summit Comments: [comment_count]


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