What are you doing for National Co-op Month?

There are some great opportunities for celebrating National Cooperative Month.

  • The fist North American Worker Cooperative Conference will be held in Quebec City, Quebec from October 11-15. The cheapest way to get to Canada is to fly to Burlington, VT and then rent a car to drive across the border.
  • The NCBA is holding its annual meeting this week. In a rare moment, they have ventured outside of the Beltway and will be in Minneapolis, MN. As a special event, they will be live-streaming a session with ICA Director General Charles Gould and NCBA President and CEO Paul Hazen as they discuss the International Year of the Cooperative. You can watch this on Wednesday, October 5 at 11:00 am CDT by visiting http://s.coop/ncba2011. Perhaps your co-op could set up computer for members and customers to watch?
  • My co-operative, Union Cab, will be celebrating the 32nd anniversary of beginning operations on October 29th.

October is a great time of the year to reflect on our movement. This last weekend, a number of cooperative organizations came together in Madison for the first, ever, cooperative trade show. It was really great to be in a room with Madison area coops from every environment (except housing, sadly). It was the brain child of Summit Credit Union and I hope it becomes an annual event. This is something that simply wouldn’t have happened 10 years ago (or even 5 years ago). The cooperative movement is waking up, it seems, and not a moment too soon.


About John McNamara

John spent 26 years with Union Cab of Madison Cooperative and currently helps develop co-op in the Pacific Northwest. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration and Masters in Management: Co-operatives and Credit Unions from Saint Mary's University. He has served on the board of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and the Board of Governors for the late, great Democracy at Work Network. He currently sits on the Co-op Circle for Sociocracy for All. He has taught on worker co-operatives and democratic management in the summer at The Evergreen State College and Presidio Graduate School.
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