People Before Profit
2012 has been recognized as the International Year of Cooperatives by the United Nations. This is an acknowledgement by the international community that cooperatives drive the economy, respond to social change, are resilient to the global economic crisis and are serious, successful businesses creating jobs in all sectors. The International Year of Cooperatives celebrates a different way of doing business, one focused on human need not human greed, where the members, who own and govern the business, collectively enjoy the benefits instead of all profits going just to shareholders.
The world's 300 largest co-ops = $1 trillion in sales annually
Watch this to learn more about the International Year of the Cooperative
And click here to see a short video from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association that embodies the spirit of co-ops in America and around the world
The Year of Cooperatives Facebook page is a fascinating look into how co-ops work throughout the world. It has many, many interesting updates and links to follow that are windows on how our unique business model is re-shaping economies across the globe. www.facebook.com/CoopsYear
Now watch video stories about the co-op spirit!
Stories connect people through the power of words and the power of pictures. Stories tell the facts and they connect to our emotions. So drop in and share the cooperative experience. And maybe contribute some words. Your stories will paint a picture of the enormous diversity of t
Now you can see these creative videos and photos. Then you can vote for your favorite. Voting ends on Nov. 30. Winners in each category are determined by popular vote and you can vote daily for your favorites! Just click on the Co-op Rocks image to visit the website.