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2012: Be co-operatively competitive

It's essentially about meeting human need, not human greed. People can and do compete together in a way that benefits the many equally rather than the few unequally. Co-operatives are the way it's done.
by ICA ACI on 12 October 2011

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Transcript of 2012: Be co-operatively competitive

2012 Co-operative Competition:
it's need, not greed. Sometimes humans compete... ...and sometimes they co-operate. Sometimes nature competes fiercely.... ...and sometimes it co-operates peacefully.... The co-operative model of business is about more than just turnover. It is essentially about human need, not human greed. Historically, co-operatives are a grass-roots movement that emerge in times of crisis or when things get out of balance, such as with monopolies. The co-operative movement has self-help as its foundation The co-operative movement began in consumer goods in Rochdale, UK, in 1844. Friedrich Raiffeisen developed it further in the financial sector in Germany in 1860. Categories of co-operatives: Founded in 1895, ICA has 249 member organizations from 94 countries active in all sectors of the economy. Together these co-operatives represent nearly one billion people worldwide. 1. Agriculture 2. Banking and credit 3. Consumer 4. Fisheries 5. Health 6. Housing 8. Insurance 9. Other
(tourism, utilities, education, etc.) 7. Industry and services One type of business model delivers profits for shareholders... Both are competitive, but one can be called selfish... The International Co-operative Alliance The United Nations has declared 2012 to be the International Year of Co-operatives. The UN goals of this international year are to: 1. Raise awareness about the co-operative movement. 2. Promote the formation and growth of co-operatives. 3. Encourage governments to establish policies, laws and regulations that help with the formation, growth and stability of co-operatives. ...while another ensures that its members, who own and govern it, collectively enjoy the benefits. ...while the other is called co-operative. Slogan: The IYC provides the opportunity
to promote the co-operative movement
with the full support of the United Nations. The ICA board has agreed that its focus for the international year should be to raise public awareness of co-operatives and it's using a variety of tools to do so. Photo credits:

Bees and honeycomb: Suat Eman
Fishing boats: Tom Curtis
Rainbow stickmen: Renjith Krishnan
Medical paraphernalia: Sura Nualpradid
Cruise ship: Bernie Condon
Lions fighting: Chris Austria
Chimpanzees: Ecegrup
Rhinoceros and Oxpecker: Michael Fairchild
Stock prices:
Stock traders:
Barn raising: MiniMediaGuy
Profit/loss/risk: jscreationzs
Mine/yours/ours: Creflo Dollar
Riceland elevator: The Central Arkansas Library System
Key in hand: Chaiwat
New York City: Damian Brandon
Statue of Liberty: Photo: Chris Austria Photo: Ecegrup Photo: Photo: Photo: MiniMediaGuy Photo: jscreationzs Photo: Renjith Krishnan Photo: Creflo Dollar Photo: Sura Nualpradid Photo: Tom Curtis Photo: The Co-operative College Photo: Zeit Online Photo: Jessica Kouba Photo: Frontdoor Photo: The Central Arkansas Library System Photo: Lauren Goodsmith Photo: Self Help Africa Official IYC Facebook page EVENTS What is truly fundamental here... SOCIAL MEDIA ICA's IYC website IYC logo Photo: Suat Eman ICA is an independent, non-governmental body, the global voice for co-operatives. Today, it is seen as a serious business model creating jobs in all sectors around the world: Photo: Chaiwat the key to it all... that co-operatives are successful
values-based businesses. Photo: Photo: graur codrin It shares best practice among its members and lobbies with governments to enact legislation favouring co-operatives. To find out more and to get involved, please visit: New website launches September 2011 - Newsfeed
- Media kit
- IYC event search
- 366 co-operative case stories
- Members' IYC templates
- Fast facts
- Key messages Twitter Director General's blog Hosted by The Co-operative Group CLOSING EVENTS!/icacoop Bernie Condon "Cooperatives are a reminder to the international community that it is possible to pursue both economic viability and social responsibility."

United Nations Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon UN Photo by Mark Garten
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