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484. Promoting Health and Inclusion in an Aging Population

Japan is the world’s oldest country: in 2012, more than 24% of the population were aged 65 or over. This demographic trend is bringing significant public health and welfare challenges, but health cooperatives are leading the way in promoting preventative healthcare and encouraging social inclusion within communities. The Japanese Health and Welfare Co-operative Federation (HeW […]

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475. Bread and Cooperatives

One Sunday evening in spring 1920, 173 workers in the Argentine city of Bahía Blanca decided to form a cooperative to combat the growing spread of bakery cartels. Since then, the Cooperativa Obrera (“workers’ cooperative”) has grown to become the largest consumer cooperative in Argentina and the second-largest in Latin America, with 107 stores in […]

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469. Participation: The Glue That Binds

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 say […]

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346. Animation promoting Co-operative Membership

We have just finished an animation film for fellow co-operative Scotmid. In two minutes, the film shows how far someone can go for their nominal membership fee, it can take them from a free bag for life all the way to the boardroom. It uses a combination of humour and a set of especially designed […]

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341. Imagine Ecosphera: A Coop Story

A story about Ecosphera, a ‘Type B’ social cooperative that provides environmental services for the city of Forlì, in Emilia Romagna, Italy. The video touches on what it’’s like to work in a worker coop generally, demonstrates the specific types of services Ecosphera offers to the local community, but also the nature and importance of […]