A total of nine farmer cooperatives in the Upper West Region have received assorted equipment and logistics to help improve their livelihoods.

The equipment including motor king tricycles, beehive, grinding mill and other materials were presented to the nine cooperatives with a membership of about 200 farmers, to support their line of activities.

Over the years, we have advised our clients on dozens of #platformcoop designs, formations, and fundraising campaigns. While the cooperative structure has been used for decades as a legal vessel for both collective asset ownership (e.g.

The chain of command at PV Squared, a solar panel installation company in Massachusetts’s Pioneer Valley, is admittedly convoluted. 

“Technically, I’m Kim’s boss,” says general manager Jonathan Gregory of bookkeeper Kim Pinkham. But “Kim’s on the board, and the board oversees my position, so technically she’s my boss.”

ONE DC (formerly Manna CDC) was founded in 1997 (renamed Organizing Neighborhood Equity DC in 2006) in the midst of rapid neighborhood change. Our work centers on popular education, community organizing, and alternative economic development projects. Stemming from a deep analysis of race, class, gender, and power, our approaches to equitable community development and anti-gentrification address structural causes of poverty and injustice in Shaw and throughout the District of Columbia.

[I]t’s hard to find time to prepare a variety of healthy meal components. Batch cooking (cooking in large quantities) is a huge time saver and definitely easier on your wallet, but it’s boring to eat the same thing every day and we want to incorporate as much variety as possible into our diets.

Our French startup Digicoop is a remote-first worker cooperative. We started the company in 2015, based on our shared values and passion for technology. The goal was simple: make good products that will have a positive impact on companies. The road to funding, not so simple.

In his 1996 Background Paper to the 1995 Statement of Co-operative Identity, Ian MacPherson noted that co-operatives around the world “have developed within a rich array of belief systems, including all the world’s great religions and ideologies”.

And while Christian or Muslim communities are setting up credit unions as ethical alternatives to traditional banking institutions or payday lenders, secularists are adopting co-operation as a substitute for religion.

In 2006, the website started receiving funding from the Post Carbon Institute, a US-based nonprofit initiated by Julian Darley and others that worked on similar issues. In January 2008, the Post Carbon Institute announced that it was formally adopting as part of its core programs. 

In February 2018, Harvard Law Review defined corporate culture as the tacit social order of an organisation, which shapes attitudes and behaviours.

So what is co-operative culture? Ed Mayo, secretary general of Co-operatives UK, says: “If you ask people to think of a time when their co-op was at its very best, the answers are typically about co-op culture – how people pulled together, achieved something ambitious, took care of those in need. All of these reflect behaviour, attitudes and beliefs – and this is what we mean by co-op culture.”


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