Cross-Sector Co-operation

The 6th Co-operative Principle recognizes that "co-operatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co-operative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures."  How can different types of co-ops (including Food Co-ops, Farmer Co-ops, Credit Unions, Worker Co-ops, Energy Co-ops & Artisan Co-ops) work together across sectors to grow our businesses, benefit our members, and influence policy makers?  These presentations explore successful examples of collaboration, and the strategies that made them work.

 


The Emergence of Co-operative Business Associations, National Cooperative Business Association Conference, 2013
 

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The 6th Principle of Co-operation recognizes that co-operatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co-operative movement by working together through local, regional, national and international structures. And yet, credit unions and other co-ops rarely take advantage of opportunities to work together across sectors to grow our businesses, benefit our members, and influence policy makers. Presentation by Erbin Crowell, Neighboring Food Co-op Association Executive Director, and Jon Reske, VP of Marketing at UMASS Five College Federal Credit Union.

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Co-operation among co-ops is a basic principle of our movement. Yet we rarely seem to get it right when it comes to working together across sectors. Why is this? How could it be different? What do co-ops have in common and how can we use the Year of Co-ops as an opportunity to launch the Co-operative Decade?

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Looking Toward 2012:  Cross-Sector Collaboration for a Thriving Co-operative Economy

The 6th Principle of Co-operation recognizes that "co-operatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co-operative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures."  And yet, co-ops rarely take advantage of opportunities to work together across sectors to grow our businesses, benefit our members, and influence policy makers.  Our panel will describe successful examples of collaboration in New England, Seattle and Austin, and the strategies that made them work.  A portion of the program will be an open discussion on how we can take cross-sector co-operation to the next level for 2012, the International Year of Co-operative

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Working for a Sustainable Future

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