The International Year of Cooperatives 2012 may be over, but the momentum generated by our movement’s world-wide efforts to tell our co-op stories is being carried over into the International Cooperative Alliance’s Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade. Dame Pauline Green, president of the ICA, has just released a video talking about what the cooperative year meant to our communities, how cooperatives are moving forward together in the next decade, and what you can do to participate.
“The movement across the world has never in its 175 year history been as cohesive, been as confident and enthusiastic about its common shared identity as it is today,” Green said. Co-ops as a business sector represent $2 trillion dollars in economic activity and are owned by a billion people. If co-ops were a country, it would be the eighth largest in the world. The movement’s goals are to continue to grow on our core strengths of business ethics and sustainability. Green outlines the five tenets of the Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade and how local co-ops can put it into practice to build on the impetus created in 2012.
This video, and other great presentations, are discussed in person at the CBLD Strategic Seminars. All of them will be available for individual and co-op use in the CBLD Library as they come available.