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June - July - August 2016
SPECIAL DOSSIER > Coops in the creative industries

Collective ownership, decision making and control at the service of creativity

The special dossier of this magazine takes a close look at this growing, innovative and young sector which includes crafts, design, fashion, film production, media and performing arts amongst others, as part of what are known as the creative industries. Independence, common ownership, secure, quality and long term jobs, collective decision making and control…Musicians, actors, photographers, journalists and other creative spirits worldwide tell us why they have chosen the cooperative path. Read more, a platform to encourage cooperation in the UK

The recently launched Cultural Cooperatives website is an attempt to contribute to the demands for alternatives. The website includes a directory of cultural cooperatives in the UK, which is still growing. It also features examples of cultural cooperatives. Read more

Uruguayan cooperative unites over 1000 actors

Worker cooperative Valorarte was bolstered by the Actors’ Union in Uruguay, as a means of strengthening often irregular work in the field using a cooperative model. The organisation initially brought together a hundred members connected to theatre, dance, and related professions, such as those working in audiovisuals. Valorarte has grown significantly since its creation in 2009 and today has over 1000 members. Read more

Cooperatives, journalism, and freedom of expression in Spain 

Over the last few years, media companies have made many cut-backs in Spain, and lots of journalists have lost their job. Furthermore, young journalists who have just completed their degree or who are not able to find employment in their profession end up doing very poorly paid freelance work. However, some journalists have found a solution to this problem by working together within cooperatives. Read more

Brazil: Solidarity and creativity march on in spite of the crisis

Founded in 2010, Hip Hop Movimiento Revolucionario is a cultural and educational project made up of activists and artistic and cultural producers. Functioning as a network, it uses hip hop as a language to bridge the gap in access to culture and information experienced by Brazilian children and young people living in the outskirts of large cities such as Sao Paulo. Read more

Newspaper Tiempo Argentina goes for self-management

At the start of the year, Argentinian newspaper Tiempo Argentino was led into bankruptcy by its old bosses. After four months of conflict, 125 workers set up the Por Más Tiempo cooperative, taking on the challenge to continue with the huge print run of newspapers every Sunday, supplied to kiosks across the capital and Greater Buenos Aires: their slogan, “Bosses of our words”. Read more

Women in Burkina Faso are recycling waste and turning it into useful products as part of a project set up by the Gafreh cooperative 

Since its creation in 1995, the Women’s action group for the economic revival of Houet – known as Gafreh, has set itself the goal of improving living conditions for women in the region. Through its plastic bag recycling project, it has succeeded in ensuring financial independence for more than eighty women and their families. Read more

european news section

Sectoral workshop “Cooperatives in industry, services and energy: how to address the SME dimension, now and tomorrow?” at the International Summit of Cooperatives

CICOPA is co-organizing this meeting together with NRECA, an organization that represents around 1.000 cooperatives in the USA and Canada providing and/or distributing energy, and with 13 internationally-renowned speakers. Read more

14/10 : Worker cooperatives all around the globe to meet after the Quebec Summit

On October 14th, following the Quebec Summit, there will be an International Worker Cooperative Day entitled “Democratizing the workplace: Innovations in collective management by employees”. It will be hosted by le Réseau de la coopération du travail from Québec and the CICOPA member, Canadian Worker Cooperative Federation. Read more

Industrial and service cooperatives: essential allies to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals

As democratically controlled enterprises owned and managed by their members, industrial and service cooperatives – be they worker cooperatives, social cooperatives or self-employed producers’ cooperatives - promote equal distribution of wealth, stable jobs, equitable access to goods and services and gender equality. Industrial and service cooperatives shared why they are crucial allies in the effort to achieve United Nations Sustainable Development Goals during the International Day of Cooperatives. Read more

International speakers, cooperative experiences and project discussions: there are still a few places left at the SCIS2016

The updated program of the Social Cooperatives International School, to be held in Naples (Italy) from 20 to 23 October 2016, is now available. The School is specifically aimed at managers of cooperatives with a focus on local development, partnerships between social cooperatives and conventional enterprises and financial instruments for the development of social cooperatives. Read more

ILO shows the achievements of the Recommendation No.193, one of the most important policy instruments for cooperatives

The International Labour Organization has published the “Story of the Promotion of Cooperatives Recommendation No 193”. The Recommendation was negotiated between 2001 and 2002, and approved in June 2002. The ILO report is a review of the process of making this landmark international policy instrument, its implementation and its impact. Read more

european news section
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Cooperatives in industry and services share their expertise for the design of the EC Start Up Initiative

CECOP has recently published the answer of cooperatives active in industry and services to a European Commission Public consultation under the Start-up Initiative. CECOP calls for initiatives providing constant business support during “all the stages of an enterprise life” and also asks the European Commission and member states to implicate cooperative representative organisations in the design and implementation of policies at the EU and national level. Read more

Elections: Giuseppe Guerini new President of CECOP

The General Assembly of CECOP, gathered in Brussels on 23 June, has elected Giuseppe Guerini as the new President of CECOP. Guerini has been a social cooperator since 1988 and the President of Federsolidarietà, the federation of social cooperatives of Confcooperative (Italy), since 2010. Read more

France announces the creation of the first woker cooperative grouping: Calice

Since 31 July 2014, the law on the Social and Solidarity Economy in France has authorised the creation of groupings of worker cooperatives (Scops in France) in order to improve the model’s competitiveness. The Scop Movement has supported the efforts made to bring the TPC and Sefard Scops together in order to create the first Scop grouping, Calice, which was launched officially on 31 May 2016. Read more

First Greek law covering both social cooperatives and worker cooperatives to be discussed soon at the national parliament

The Greek government has prepared a draft law on Social and Solidarity Economy and the development of its agencies, which will soon be discussed by the Greek parliament. While part of the law is on the wider social and solidarity economy (which includes all cooperative sectors, mutuals, associations and foundations), most provisions actually aim at defining and regulating social cooperatives and worker cooperatives. Read more

Last year 8,533 first jobs were created in new cooperatives in Spain

Since the crisis began in 2008, the number of cooperatives created in Spain has increased by 75% and 77.4% of those created are worker cooperatives. These figures were presented at the last General Assembly of COCETA, the Spanish Confederation of Worker Cooperatives. The Confederation’s campaign to mark its 30th anniversary was also launched during the same event. COCETA was created in 1986 as a confederal and multi-sectoral organisation. Read more

Italy has adopted a reform of the third sector which introduces significant new developments

Social entrepreneurship in Italy may well be about to experience a new period of developments. The reform of the third sector, which was approved by the Parliament in June, has established a framework with a view to the introduction of definitive decrees and it is already possible to draw up an initial evaluation. Read more

Worker, social and producers' cooperatives, a way to fight social exclusion for young people?

Cooperatives can be part of the solution for the younger generations in Europe, as they are facing the highest levels of unemployment and precarious jobs. This statement is part of the report recently published by the European Youth Forum, “Social inclusion and young people – excluding youth: a threat to our future”. Read more

South America news section
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Worker cooperatives join forces with other organisations to create hubs for collective consumption

The increase of the cost of a basic basket of goods in Argentina is having an ever greater impact on consumers’ pockets. As a response, worker cooperatives have joined up with other organisations to create collective consumption hubs in several different places. Basic goods such as vegetables, dairy products, or baskets of cleaning products are just some of the goods on offer. Read more

North America news section

The challenges of replicating a replication strategy : from the USA to Canada

Seeing the power in the replication strategy as developed by the Arizmendi Association (5 bakery-pizzeria cooperatives were created in California), the Canadian Worker Cooperatives Federation was interested in bringing this model to Canada. The Grain Exchange Worker Cooperative is the Calgary version looking to replicate this model. Read more

Africa news section

A Moroccan cooperative is placing technology at the service of crafts

Removing the middle men so that Moroccan handicraft finds its way directly from the producer to the buyer. This was the idea devised by the Anou cooperative. By creating a network of artisans, the cooperative has been able to achieve two objectives: first of all, to create jobs and economic opportunities for a poor community and secondly, to ensure that customers are able to buy authentic and quality products. Read more

Asia news section

Health and Care cooperatives in Japan 

Balu Iyer, director of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) in Asia Pacific, visited the health and social care cooperatives, members of the ICA in Japan. This is his report. “Cooperatives as member-based organizations put health and well-being ahead of profits. They play a crucial role in care for the individual, prevention of illness, and social wellbeing of members and/or their dependents”. Read more

Oceania news section

Resource, the Australian cooperative which recycles (almost) everything and creates decent jobs

The Australian cooperative, Resource, which is located in Tasmania, has managed to turn need into a virtue. This is what we call “social innovation” today, but this cooperative has been doing it for two decades. It is engaged in all sorts of recycling. It recycles 90% of materials salvaged from demolished buildings and it has a strong focus on job creation in a region where such opportunities are rare. Read more

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