Submitted by Ed Mayo on Thu, 05/07/2012 - 19:07
Saturday is the international day of co-operatives, neatly closing our 2012 Co-operatives Fortnight.
The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, has issued this effusive official communique in celebration of co-operative business around the world, with their our one billion members.
Submitted by Ed Mayo on Wed, 04/07/2012 - 14:10
Nick Clegg has just launched our new data on the growth of employee-owned co-operative business, as part of the Employee Ownership Summit.
Drawing on its annual digest of data, Co-operatives UK’s figures show that the UK employee-owned sector has grown at a rate of 1.1%, compared to 0.7% for the economy at large. As such, the growth rate for employee owned firms is over 50% higher than the economy at large.
Submitted by Ed Mayo on Mon, 02/07/2012 - 08:48
In a complex world, it pays to co-operate. A new book by best-selling UK economist Paul Ormerod published in Co-operatives Fortnight looks at the power of ‘positive linking’ and the role of networks in economic life.
Submitted by Ed Mayo on Fri, 29/06/2012 - 19:00
Me. Everest. No.
But my counterpart in the Nepalese co-operative sector has done just that, climbing Mount Everest with the flag of the International Co-operative Alliance. Along with ten colleagues, the General Secretary of the Nepal Information and Communication Central Co-operative Union took the flag and the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives logo to the peak.
My daughter and I didn’t even make it up Scarfell Pike.
Sivakumar Dangi, you are a better man than I.
Submitted by Ed Mayo on Wed, 27/06/2012 - 16:43
I have been asked to nominate a ‘young global leader’ from the business community and it has been inspiring, here in Co-operatives Fortnight, to research and submit the name of the great Becky John.
Submitted by Ed Mayo on Sat, 23/06/2012 - 16:03
With the start of this year’s Co-operatives Fortnight, I would dedicate time and appreciation to mark the life of Elinor Ostrom, who has died this month. A brilliant, co-operative economist, Elinor Ostrom was the co-recipient of the ‘Nobel’ prize for economics.
Her story is told briefly in the New York Times, including the initial ignorance and astonishment of mainstream economists that her work on co-operation was being recognised.
Submitted by Ed Mayo on Sat, 16/06/2012 - 08:33
Rory is one neighbour I met for the first time over the Jubilee celebrations – along with his parents, as he is three years old, and others who share the bond of living close by.
As a contribution to the coming Co-operatives Fortnight, June 23 – July 27, I have updated some research on neighbourliness in the UK, in the context of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Submitted by Ed Mayo on Thu, 14/06/2012 - 07:34
Community development is one of the most enduring alternatives to conventional models focused on economic growth and over time, it’s resonance has alway increased in times of crisis.
Bill Pardy is, for me, a legend in the field, even if I can only smile wryly at his message this morning that says “Ed, I hope that you are well. We are having exceptional warm weather here in Newfondland for this time of year…”
Here below is what Bill says of his thirty years of learning and success in the field:
Submitted by Ed Mayo on Tue, 05/06/2012 - 11:22
Jubilee has a different meaning for me, coming out of the Jubilee 2000 and debt campaigns. And I can’t help but smile at another meaning, unmeant for sure, in a co-operative advert cited by Private Eye this week:
“Co-operative Funeralcare: congratulations to Her Majesty the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee…our service is designed with you in mind”
Submitted by Ed Mayo on Thu, 31/05/2012 - 12:36
The Italian co-operative network tells me that the recent earthquake has had a real impact on the residents and businesses in the area between the provinces of Modène, Ferrara, Bologne et Mantova.
The quake caused considerable damage to several cooperatives, notably those that produce parmesan, in which thousands of cheese wheels have been damaged following the multiple tremors.