The Co-operative Decade ahead
Charles Gould, ICA Director-General's Blog, Not Just Business as Usual, dated 25 March 2012: I've written here before on the ICA’s goal for the International Year of Co-operatives (IYC): to raise public awareness of the co-operative as a serious, values-based enterprise model. This is directly connected to ICA’s vision that the co-operative will be the fastest-growing form of enterprise by the end of this decade. We now have a Planning Work Group focused on drafting a post-IYC plan—a Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade.
Co-operatives gave women equality first
08 March 2012
Co-operative businesses gave women equal voting rights almost a century before most parliaments of the world did. “On this International Women’s Day in 2012 which is also the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives, I am asking co-operative businesses to follow that example and put more women at the core of their businesses”, said Dame Pauline Green, the first female president in the history of the world’s largest NGO, the International Co-operative Alliance.
World of co-ops and business to business opportunities for mutuals and co-ops feature at 2012 AM Institute Forum
14 March 2012
Ken Pickering, Executive Manager Professional Development, AM Institute recaps the successful AM Institute 2012 Business Strategy Forum held on 3-4 March 2012 in Manly Sydney.
IYC in the news
29 March 2012
Co-ops have been getting a lot of attention as these recent news clips show.
Farmers and co-ops go hand in hand
27 March 2012
"Farmers and co-ops go hand in hand" writes Richard O'Leary, IYC 2012 Director and CEO of Macleay Regional Co-operative Ltd (85 on Australia's Top 100 list of co-operative, mutuals and credit unions).
Micro-finance purchase venture to fund solar co-operative
28 March 2012
Earthworker Cooperative's work to micro-finance the purchase of the factory equipment for Eureka's Future Workers Cooperative through recruitment to its 100,000 Australians Campaign has started.
Housing is just the beginning
29 March 2012
The 2012 National Housing Co-operatives Conference was held on 8-9 March 2012 to celebrate that housing is just the beginning and that Housing Co-operatives have achieved so much more than that.