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As a cooperator, you know the value of co-ops, but not everybody does. A recent study found that 74% of people do not know what a cooperative is , nor do they understand its value. But, when given the definition of that value, 78% of people said they would choose to do business with a co-op. This... Learn more
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Co-ops are a viable solution because they work: The model has been replicated time and again. They build genuine community ownership. The asset is not owned by a well-meaning but self appointed body on behalf of the community, but typically by a couple of hundred members of that community. Read... Learn more
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Common Thread is a non-profit cooperative of Canadian organizations. Members operate sewing programs or support our work in various important ways. They are a social enterprise: a business with a primary social purpose. Common Thread’s main social purpose is creating employment by providing sewing... Learn more
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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-operatives that give participants the chance to build confidence, earn a decent income and participate... Learn more
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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 fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat and dairy products. If you are haven't shopped at a... Learn more
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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 Northeast Indiana. It's a contest that encourages millennials to turn their passions into ideas... Learn more
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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 maintenance, shoveling snow, and the list goes on. Cooperatives could offer an alternative housing... Learn more
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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 Burlington area. They looked around for ideas and decided to start a handmade art cooperative. The... Learn more
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