In this issue:
New Year, New Articles, New Educational Resources
Let’s Show the World that Cooperation is Possible
Final Tidbits: Recent Press and Stay Tuned for Exciting News
Dear Wonderful Cooperators,
We hope that your new year has been off to a fantastic start! We’d like to take a little of your time to tell you what’s new on Cultivate.Coop as well as how, going forward, you can help democratize knowledge for democratizing our economy.
1) New Year, New Articles, New Educational Resources
Thanks to everyone who helped make Cultivate.Coop‘s launch an incredible success! New information is being added everyday and new people are finding their way to the website from listserves, search engines, friends, social networks, and more. New articles on the website includes useful software for cooperatives, starting a cooperative, starting a diversity committee in cooperatives, and more. In addition, some pages have also been drastically expanded, including the article on “cooperative economics.”
We also have a host of new educational resources on Cultivate.Coop, such as a list of films and videos on cooperatives (many of which can be viewed for free online) and facilitated discussions on power dynamics in diverse groups. New discussion threads have also broken out on Cultivate.Coop, including whether there should be additional cooperative principles and the importance of co-ops’ mission statements on their practices.
In addition, we recently updated and expanded Cultivate.Coop’s “guided tour” of articles due to the wide-range of new content on the site. The guided tour is a specific selection of articles that helps individuals read about cooperative subjects in a linear, start-to-finish fashion. It is similar to a table of contents and can be great for people looking to use Cultivate.Coop like a book on co-ops.
If you see any cooperative subjects that you think are missing from the site, it is easy to add your own article. Look at this tutorial for help!
2) Let’s Show the World that Cooperation is Possible
Cultivate.Coop is a unique tool that can be used by the cooperative community to demonstrate that cooperation really is possible. By recording the stories of cooperatives – new and old, aspiring and existing, successful and struggling, unique and established – we can inspire those looking to the cooperative model in schools, workplaces, governments, communities, and more. We can demonstrate the existing wealth of cooperative models, philosophies, and experiences. The stories of individual cooperatives can serve as powerful lessons to those looking to start new co-ops as well as for those seeking to improve their existing co-ops.
Recording our cooperative stories and histories will also help cooperative community members recognize the breadth of other cooperatives - thereby improving our ability to collaborate and mutually aid one another in accordance with the sixth cooperative principle. In addition, a page on Cultivate.Coop could be good exposure for any co-op – Union Cab of Madison Co-op‘s page, for instance, already has 170 views in a short time.
If you’re a cooperative do-er, supporter, or developer – you can help paint a broad-stroke of the cooperative environment by doing this with only ten – twenty minutes (or less) of your time.
If you want to add a co-op, consider including any of the following subjects: When did the co-op start? What is its history? What does it do? What are its mission and goals? Where is it? What type of co-op is it and who does it serve? What are any unique aspects of the co-op? You may also include any multimedia – from pictures to videos and more. Obviously, you do not need to add all of these content areas. Even a simple “stub” page – a paragraph or so – will help get the ball rolling.
Finally, if you’d like to add a co-op’s story to the website but don’t feel confident about how to edit content on Cultivate.Coop, send an email to CultivateCoop (at) gmail.com and we can add it on your behalf.
3) Final Tidbits: Recent Press and Stay Tuned for Exciting News
Are you a subscriber to the Cooperative Business Journal? If so, keep an eye out in the most recent issue for a highlight of Cultivate.Coop!
We’ve got some big things planned for the next few months, so be sure to stay tuned to hear about what we have in store for the cooperative community.
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