Protect the name “co-operative”

We have learned that the United Kingdom’s Co-operative Bank is to be sold. The danger is that the bank will be sold to international investors without the name of the bank being changed.

We owe it to the members of the thousands of genuine co-operatives operating within the United Kingdom, to make sure that the integrity of the word “co-operative” is maintained. These are co-operatives that are often essential in their daily lives. We should also understand that any many parts of the world co-operatives are vital to the well-being of millions of people, so we should no allow the word ‘co-operative’ to be misused.

We want to get the UK regulator to exercise his power to stop the misuse of the term “Co-operative”. I have worked with co-operatives in more than 40 different countries and I know how important it is that when an organization is called “co-operative” that it is truly genuine.

Please sign this petition to protect the name “co-operative.”

Edgar Parnell, Witney, United Kingdom


Digital Edition Publishing Cooperatives

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation invite proposals for Digital Edition Publishing Cooperatives. Working together, the Cooperatives will develop technical and human infrastructures to support the digital publication of documentary and scholarly editions and to provide for their long-term preservation, discovery, and use. This initiative responds to the urgent need of scholars and documentary editors for reliable, sustainable, authoritative, and field-driven outlets for publication and discovery of digital editions. At the same time, we hope to investigate the possibility of creating a federated system or systems for publishing and sustaining digital editions. Developing the Digital Edition Publishing Cooperatives will be a two-stage process for Planning and Implementation.

Up to eight planning grants will provide funds to support the first stage of this multi-year endeavor, beginning no later than February 1, 2018. Each project team will consist of a principal investigator to spearhead the initiative, a lead representative from each of at least three participating editions and the host institution(s). During the Planning stage, each team will develop a proposal for implementing a Digital Edition Publishing Cooperative. Planning grants are for one year and up to $100,000.

All planning teams would be eligible to apply for Implementation funding. Three implementation grants of between $350,000 and $500,000, each for up to three years, are expected to be awarded, for a total of up to $1.25 million. Implementation grants will be awarded in September 2019, with a start date of no later than October 1, 2019. A full description of the program, its outcomes, and a glossary of special terminology, are available at:

Deadline for Proposals: July 6, 2017

To view the full announcement, visit:

Want to learn more? Join the Webinar, March 30, 2017, 3:00 p.m. EST

Potential applicants can also learn more by joining our webinar on March 30, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. To join the webinar, go to: and enter your name and email address. You do not need to pre-register for the webinar.

For additional information:

Contact Darrell Meadows, NHPRC Director for Publishing, at (202) 357-5321 or

Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin on Everything Coop

Tune in to WOL 1450 AM tomorrow for Everything Co-ophosted by Vernon Oakes. In honor of Women’s History Month Vernon interviews Dr. Ann Hoyt, Vernon and Dr. Hoyt will discuss the influence of Women in the cooperative movement, and the role women have played in the areas of the movement that she has worked in.

Hoyt is an internationally known expert on cooperatives, who began her distinguished career in the 1960s as a member of the Berkley Consumer Food Co-op. Her academic interest in cooperatives took root in graduate school at University of California at Davis, where her Master’s Thesis focused on the Consumer Cooperative of Sacramento.

Always active in the national food cooperatives, Ann began her 25 year directorship of the annual Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) in 1988. Her love of teaching led to work in board education and governance, and the launch of an intensive education program for food cooperative managers, the Cooperative Management Institute (CMI). She has trained several thousand cooperative and non-profit directors and managers throughout the country and is the creator of a video-based director training program for cooperatives.  Hoyt is the recipient of the 2014 Cooperative Service Award from CCMA, the Howard Bowers Fund, and was inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame in 2016. Currently Dr. Hoyt is Board President of Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin.

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Monday: The Power of Cooperative Ownership in the Black Community


The Power of Cooperative Ownership in the Black Community

Mon 2/13, 3:30  – 5pm

National Press Club (529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor)

Cooperatives continue to play a significant role in social and economic development in the Black community. From economic independence and desegregated housing, to small farmer empowerment and food security, cooperatives are an integral part of the Black experience that has often been silenced. Accordingly, the panel will explore the potential of cooperatives to drive economic growth and social progress in the United States and abroad. The panel will be moderated by Ellis Carr and feature Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Cornelius Blanding, LaKeisha Wolf, and Alex Serrano as speakers.

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Cooperation Jackson on Everything Co-op

Tune-in to WOL 1450 AM today at 10:30am for  Everything Co-ophosted by Vernon Oakes. This week Vernon interviews Justin Fairfax, candidate for Virginia Lieutenant Governor, and Kali Akuno, Co-director of Cooperation Jackson. Vernon and his guests will discuss how the Executive Orders and other actions taken by President Trump and his administration might impact communities that are dependent on Federal aid.

During his career, Justin has worked in the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government, developing a keen insight into solving the challenges that face Virginia families today. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and the Deputy Coordinator of the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force, Justin saw the power that law enforcement and criminal justice reform can have to keep communities safe, while providing appropriate second chances, saving hard-earned taxpayer dollars, and changing communities and lives. As Lieutenant Governor, Justin vows to work every day to build the foundation of economic and educational opportunity that every Virginian deserves.

KaliAkuno is the Co-director of Cooperation Jackson. The broad mission of Cooperation Jackson is to advance the development of economic democracy in Jackson, Mississippi, by building an economy anchored by a network of cooperatives and other types of worker owned and democratically self-managed enterprises. The network consist of four interconnected and interdependent institutions: an emerging federation of local worker cooperatives, a developing cooperative incubator, a cooperative education and training center (the Lumumba Center for Economic Democracy and Development), and a cooperative bank or financial institution.

Don’t miss your opportunity to learn from these transformative leaders!
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U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council on Everything Co-op

Tune in to WOL 1450 AM on December 1, at 10:30 am, for Everything Co-op, hosted by Vernon Oakes. This week Vernon interviews Paul Hazen, Executive Director, U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council, (OCDC). Vernon and Paul will discuss how OCDC brings together organizations committed to building a more prosperous world through cooperatives.

Paul Hazen became executive director of the Overseas Cooperative Development Council in February 2012. Previously, he represented one of the member organizations and served as OCDC’s board chair and as a board member. One of his most-recent initiatives with OCDC is the formation of its Research Group, whose mission is to research, formulate and share effective strategies for the development, performance and growth of cooperatives in developing countries.

Throughout his career, Hazen has championed the U.S. cooperative system, which encompasses 29,000 co-ops; generates $654 billion in revenue; and creates more than two million jobs, representing $75 billion in wages and benefits. U.S. co-ops include Ace Hardware, Land O’Lakes, Inc., Sunkist, REI and the Associated Press. Hazen helped establish federal legislation promoting rural co-op development, formed a national network of co-op development centers and initiated national research into the impact of co-ops on the U.S. economy.

Active in cooperative matters at many levels, Hazen is the one of the founders of DotCoop the top-level domain for cooperatives around the world. He also serves on the boards of the National Cooperative Bank, Capital Impact Partners and the Community Purchasing Alliance Cooperative. Past board service includes the International Co-operative Alliance, Consumer Federation of American, Cooperative Development Foundation, Cooperative Business International and NCB Retail Finance Corporation.

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