This session explored how co-ops are catalyzing economic development where all else fails -- building local economies and stronger communities in Canada and around the world.
In central Bolivia, an oregano co-op has reversed rural out-migration and created new income for more than a thousand families. In the Philippines, the National Federation of Co-operatives for Persons with Disability unites 16 co-ops that provide employment to over 600 people -- entirely owned and staffed by people with disabilities. In Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, the 31 independently owned and controlled Inuit and Dene business members of Arctic Co-ops employ over 900 people and establish local control in key economic sectors.
Building on the International Year of Co-operatives, this webinar shared insights from these three examples of co-operative innovation: what made them so successful, lessons for CED efforts in any context, and what’s next for co-op development in Canada and the world.
- Gretchen Hernandez, Simon Fraser University
- Jason Frittaion, Canadian Co-operative Association
- Sherry Hennessey, Arctic Co-operatives Limited
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This session, part of the Canadian CED Network’s International Committee webinar series, is made possible in partnership with Uniterra
- International Year of Co-operatives
- Canadian Co-operative Association
- Arctic Co-ops
- CoopZone: resources and consultants for co-op development
- The Resilience Imperative: Co-operative Transitions to a Steady-State Economy