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According to the newly released 2014 American Customer Satisfaction Index ( http://www.theacsi.org ) survey, member-owners belonging to not-for-profit electric cooperatives are more satisfied with their utility than consumers served by either investor-owned utilities (IOUs) or municipal utilities. Learn more
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In the $400 billion business of retail electricity, where Internet giants are angling for customers, cooperatives must be more than just safe, affordable and reliable. They must flaunt the co-op difference. “Anybody can be safe, affordable and reliable—IOUs do it all day,” said Mike Williams, CEO... Learn more
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Through her extensive research, Jessica Gordon Nembhard chronicles how African Americans used cooperative economic practices to help each other survive and how those practices related to the Black civil rights and economic equality movements. The book could have a dramatic effect on our view of... Learn more
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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 of American History in Washington, D.C. The Southern Oregon Historical Society will work with ScienceWorks to research and... Learn more
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Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young’s film “SHIFT CHANGE” will premiere at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 6 on KCTS 9. The documentary explores employee-owned businesses succeeding in today’s economy. Dworkin and Young filmed six worker cooperatives in the U.S. and in the Basque Country of Spain. The pair has... Learn more
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Non-profits, religious organizations and county boards of education served by RESA 8 in West Virginia now have the opportunity to use two new cooperatives to save money. RESA 8 is now a participating member of two cooperatives, WV AEPA, (Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies), and Tips, (... Learn more
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Farmers grouped under cooperative Tuzamurane in Muhanga District have seen their crop yields increase due to modern farming training they underwent. The cooperative, operating in Cyeza Sector comprises 899 members, 504 of whom are women. The cooperative head said Rwarri trains farmers in modern... Learn more
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Check out this cool idea. The European confederation of co-operatives and worker-owned enterprises active in industry and services ( Cecop-Cicopa Europe ) is designing an innovative itinerary in the field of cultural and industrial tourism to promote and preserve co-operative heritage. The European... Learn more
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Having just been appointed secretary general of Euro Coop, the European Community of Consumer Co-operatives, Todor Ivanov highlighted the importance of innovation and exchange of best practices between European consumer co-operatives. Consumer co-operatives exist in every single country in Europe,... Learn more
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Doubling their number in one stroke to 452, the Council of Ministers approved the creation of 228 non-agricultural cooperatives, according to official media. As part of its economic reforms, Cuba is granting space to private enterprises in “non-strategic” sectors of the economy. The government has... Learn more
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