Here you will find stories on the International Co-operative Alliance Blueprint themes as well as academic case studies and in-depth stories. Browse the stories to learn more about co-operatives and their unique features.

Case study – A Quiet Revolution: Co-operative schools in the UK

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Executive Summary This case study discusses the growth of a new co-operative sector in England during the past ten years which has been one of the movement’s success stories. The development of more than 700 schools as multi stakeholder co-operatives has been aptly described as ‘a quiet revolution’. Moreover, this ‘revolution’ has occurred during the […]

Case study – Habitat participatif in France: the case of H’Nord (Bordeaux)

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  Executive Summary H’Nord is an eco-neighbourhood housing redevelopment project under construction within the Des Chartrons district in the northern part of Bordeaux. The project started when, in 2004, three long standing residents of the neighbourhood began to think about how to exploit a vast industrial area left abandoned for several years in their neighbourhood. […]

Sustainability: inbuilt in the cooperative model

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In 2013 the global representative body for the global cooperative sector, the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA), decided it was time to take action on sustainability. Oft used as a term to describe cooperatives, the ICA wanted to understand in great detail in fact how appropriate and accurate the term “sustainable” was to describe the cooperative […]

San Francisco Bay Area Coops: A Photo Journey

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Participation: The Glue That Binds

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Every week, the members of the Shallalà Honey Producers cooperative in southern Ethiopia must walk seven or eight kilometres to attend their regular meeting. The Italian consumers’ cooperative Coop Adriatica has 1.16 million members, making an Annual General Meeting for all an impossibility. All over the world, cooperatives face different challenges in ensuring that their members can have their […]

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