A Week to Celebrate: Co-op & New Economy Week 2013

October 11, 2013

Thousands – if not millions – of people around the world dedicate 52 weeks of their year to helping build stronger, fairer, and more sustainable communities. Next week is a special time to pause, reflect, and celebrate the achievements of individuals and organizations in the co-operative sector and those participating in the new economy movement. It is also a valuable opportunity to raise awareness of the important work being done by co-operatives and new economy initiatives around the world so that we can build their capacity and maximize their impact.

Co-op Week 2013: A Better Way
October 13 – 19

In these times of economic uncertainty, many Canadians are looking for alternatives to traditional business models.  They want to see businesses that are sustainable, democratic, socially-conscious and rooted in their communities.  They want businesses that put people first and are guided by values and principles, not just profits.  And they want businesses that contribute to creating better communities, a better Canada and a better world.  In short, they want a better way to do business.

That’s why the theme of Co-op Week 2013 is A Better Way.  From October 13-19, co-operators across the country will be highlighting the many ways in which co-operatives make things better, both here in Canada and around the world.  In French, the theme will be Coopérer pour un monde meilleur (Co-operating for a better world).

New Economy Week 2013
October 12 – 18

New Economy Week is a week of celebration designed to shine a light on the movement to build a new economy – an economy that is restorative to people, place, and the planet. From October 12-18, we will be highlighting events, actions, reports, works of art, and other projects that promote the principles of democracy, justice, and sustainability.

From October 12-18, the New Economy Coalition will be highlighting events, actions, reports, works of art, and other projects all across the United States and Canada.  By calling attention to the thousands of things people are doing right now to build a new kind of economy, we hope to inspire more participation in this movement and catalyze a national conversation on the need for deep, systemic change.

CCEDNet is a partner of New Economy Week and member of the New Economy Coalition.