For food co-ops, this past year was an important one, especially as co-ops were celebrating the United Nations’ declaration of 2012 as the Year of Cooperatives.
In keeping with this declaration, we focused our editorial energies this year on many themes of co-op growth and development: the National Co-op Development Act, operational growth through improvement, multi-store locations and startup leadership enhancement. We also were pleased to witness Bill Gessner’s induction into the Cooperative Hall of Fame. It’s been a great year.
In October, an international co-op conference was held in Quebec, where cooperators from all over the world met to discuss the future of cooperation globally and locally. A number of our CDS CC consultants and clients attended this conference, and came away renewed and inspired by the real difference cooperation makes globally.
One small factoid: If co-op business worldwide were aggregated, cooperation would be the world’s ninth largest economy (after Canada and Japan), and the number one democracy. Together we are that strong! The research presented at the conference put to rest any question about cooperation’s effectiveness as a business model. As we continue to move forward on co-op growth and development we are buoyed by knowing that all our efforts, large and small, are making an impact on such a wide scale.
As they say, the proof is in the pudding.