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Jun 11, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Last November Rochdale was declared as the World Capital of Co-operatives, receiving international recognition over 100 years after the Rochdale Pioneers brought about the birth of the Co-operative movement.  “Lots of activity has taken place to mark the Interntional Year of the Cooperative, particularly in schools raising awareness of why Rochdale is now recognised as the World Capital of Co-... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: flowers, cooperatives, International Cooperative Alliance
Jun 5, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

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. SLICE is a great example of cross-sector collaboration. 

SLICE: Strengthening Local Independent Co-ops Everywhere, is an annual conference and organizing project in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. The SLICE vision of an... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: cooperatives, conference, economic development, cooperative economy
Jun 4, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

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" technique to lift its members out of poverty.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is arguably one of the most vibrant cities in the world. The picturesque landscape and vivid culture is pulsating through the... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: cooperative, trash, recycling, artist, Brazil
Jun 1, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

To The Moon is a documentary that will follow Co-Cycle, a group of young adults as they cycle cross-country and experience their country in a new and powerful way. It will be a supportive reflection of the United States and the value of increasing co-operative action. This summer, waves of people will bike across the country together to build momentum for the co-

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Topics: Networking Tags: cooperatives, cycling, moon, summer, teamwork
May 31, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

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, to the Dominican Republic.  Media, PA, was designated the First Fair Trade Town in the US. 

Kent learned that Fair Trade has made a huge difference in the lives of workers who live in the... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: cooperatives, fair trade, towns
May 29, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

In the spirit of cooperation between cooperatives, Illinois-based GROWMARK recently hosted leaders from the French cooperative Terrena as part of a 12-day tour of United States agriculture.

According to Chuck Spencer, GROWMARK director, Government Affairs, “We were approached by the tour leader... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: cooperatives, agriculture, leadership, global, cooperation
May 24, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The numbers are dismal. Fully 69% of consumers ages 18 to 24 are “not at all familiar” with credit unions, according to the Credit Union National Association's (CUNA) 2011-2012 Survey of Potential Members.

But to some credit unions, that’s cause not for despair but for action.

The few credit unions that have hired online-savvy spokespeople—known as “spokesters”—have benefited... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: young, credit union, free, banking, checking, Indiana
May 23, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

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 of innovative thinking and bold experimentation is quietly sweeping away outmoded economic models. In New Economic Visions, a special five-part AlterNet series... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: economy, economic, cooperatives, Benefit corporations, workers, employee owned
May 22, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

According to its press release dated May 21, 2012, NCB, a leading financial services company serving cooperatives nationwide, honored the Iowa Credit Union League (ICUL) with the 2012 Stan Dreyer Spirit of Cooperation Award, recognizing those who live and work with the spirit of the cooperative principles. The award was accepted on behalf of ICUL by Sara Flynn and Mike Powers of The Members... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: cooperative, credit union, financial services, international year of cooperatives
May 21, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives that exist to serve their members, not to make a profit. Unlike most other financial institutions, credit unions do not issue stock or pay dividends to outside stockholders. Instead, earnings are returned to our members in the form of lower loan rates, higher interest on deposits, and lower fees.

Credit unions are economic... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: credit union, financial institution, earnings, cooperative

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