The year 2012 marked not the end of the world, but it may have represented a turning point in cooperative development and growth. 2012 as we all know was the United Nations Year of the Cooperative. The International Cooperative Association has released a Blueprint to make the present decade one of confident growth for the international cooperative movement.
The major priorities in this decade will be to make far more people aware of the co-operative form of enterprise, to provide aspiring cooperative members with the tools and back-up to establish, fund and develop sustainable co-operatives, and to reduce obstacles to that endeavour.
The message to the world at large is that cooperatives present a way of doing business which is better and brings a more effective balance to the global economy than the dominant single model that we see in the world today.
Read the Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade HERE.