7. 2012: The International Year of Cooperatives

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The United Nations named 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives. According to the UN, nearly one billion people worldwide are co-op member-owners, and the co-op is expected to be the world’s fastest growing business model by 2025. Worker-owned cooperatives provide for equitable distribution of wealth and genuine connection to the workplace, two key components of a sustainable economy.

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Jessica Reeder, “The Year of the Cooperative,” Yes! Magazine, February 1, 2012, http://www.yesmagazine.org/new-economy/2012-the-year-of-the-cooperative.

Monique Hairston, “American Dream 2.0: Can Worker-Owned Coops End Poverty?” Rebuild the Dream, March 9, 2012, http://www.rebuildthedream.com/blog/2012/03/09/american-dream-2-0-can-worker-owned-coops-end-poverty.


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