co-op economy

Featured Video: Doug Hoffer—Why Grow Co-ops

Ever wonder how an economist would coach you to talk about growing your co-op? Now’s your chance! In this five-minute video=, Doug Hoffer, economic researcher and the State Auditor of Vermont, does a quick download of most of the key talking points supporting the opportunity to grow our co-ops.   Hoffer points out that research supports the benefits of cooperatives in communities for the [...]

Meet Adam Schwartz: Co-op Advocate

Adam Schwartz has spent his career advocating for co-ops and promoting their value to industry leaders and consumers. Schwartz’s background in lobbying and public policy was critical in convincing Congress to fund the first-ever in-depth research project on the economic impact of cooperatives, conducted by the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives. Schwartz leverages his extensive cooperative network to develop communication strategies about the [...]

Step by Step: Creating a cooperative economy

By Adam Schwartz 153 March - April - 2011 From my vantage point, too many dollars flow out of cooperatively owned businesses into investor-held businesses, either in the form of purchases or investments. Is your cooperative committed to growing the cooperative business model? Cooperatives are the best model for social and economic progress. Those of us who have seen the model in action know [...]

Staying Healthy in an unhealthy economy

By Mel Braverman 142 May - June - 2009 Well, the other shoe has dropped, and it’s making the headlines something we are experiencing, not just reading. When the initial signs of the sagging economy came to light, it was fairly abstract for many of us—billions of dollars in investments being lost and large companies either going bankrupt or being gobbled up by even [...]