Posted November 23, 2009on:
With the goal of building a stronger network of co-ops and co-operators, I’m directing you to this fine website: www.go.coop.
Developed by the National Cooperative Grocers Association, “the site’s aim is to highlight the importance, benefits and prevalence of cooperatives as a business model for us as individuals and as a society.”
The success stories provided are all American, but should inspire you to think of co-ops that are strengthening communities and improving lives right here in Ontario.
For example, the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association’s goal of providing decent low-cost housing and good food for students is very reminiscent of the initiatives of members of the Ontario Student Co-operatives Association, which include Campus Co-op and Neil Wycik in Toronto, Science ’44 in Kingston, Waterloo Co-op and the Guelph Campus Co-op.
Part of advocating for a stronger co-op sector in Ontario is understanding the many roles co-ops play across the province. Take a few minutes and learn more about these student-owned co-operatives and how they’re making campus life better.