The Power of Co-operatives
The Globe and Mail has recently released an article, entitled The Power of Co-operatives: Ethical values underpin global movement, on the role of co-operative models in transitioning to a more sustainable economic system. In the face of global economic crises and increasing equity issues, the United Nations have deemed 2012 as the International Year of Co-operatives to acknowledge co-operative systems as resislient to stresses from global economic crash and responsive to social change. The Power of Co-operatives discusses the potential co-operatives have for both creating stronger economic systems and a more social just world because the basic principles underlying the co-operative framework are concudive to sustainable development. The article provides examples and successes of currently operating co-operative organizations including the Sustainability Solutions Group, a partner organization of the Community Research Connections program.