WE OWN IT! : the campaign on youth coops entrepreneurship

For the past several years, the level of youth unemployment in the world has increased to alarming levels. At the same time, young people around the globe have been expressing increasing dissatisfaction about mainstream economic governance and an increasing interest for cooperatives, in a quest for more democracy and transparency. Cooperatives are a way to own and manage enterprises democratically: everyone's voice is heard and everyone’s wellbeing is considered. WE OWN IT! campaign seeks to inspire the next generation to create more equal, fulfilling and caring workplaces through cooperatives.

24 January 2017

As worker, social and producers’ cooperatives showed in the video Working together for a cooperative future, cooperators want to keep on raising awareness about how young people can meet their employment needs and aspirations while contributing to a better society through the creation of cooperatives. In order to reach this goal, CICOPA, together with the worker cooperative Alt Gen has designed the campaign WE OWN IT! launched today.

Stay tuned: a new story of young cooperators will be uploaded each month and a study on youth cooperative entrepreneurship including the trends among young people in establishing and being part of worker, social and producers’ cooperatives around the world will be published by CICOPA!

WE OWN IT! is a campaign funded by supporters all around the globe. From national organisations representing cooperatives in Argentina, Italy, the UK, cooperative enterprises and groups like the Mondragon Corporation in Spain, The Co-operators in Canada and Ecosviluppo in Italy.

The fundrasing campaign is halfway! CICOPA has already collected €32,400 from 22 organisations and individuals that have already shown their commitment to making it real! However, there is still a long way to go before reaching the target of 70,000 Euro.

What are the modalities to contribute to the campaing?
- Donations can also be made to enhance the campaign. Donors will be mentioned on the website.
- Sponsors will have their logo published. The minimum donation required to be a sponsor is €5,000.
- Partners can help to promote and create contents for the campaign.

Would you like to make a contribution? If that is the case, then please donate here!

Go to WE OWN IT! and follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter to get all the updates!

International Organisation of Industrial, Artisanal and
Service Producers' Cooperatives

Secretariat: C/O European Cooperative House - avenue Milcamps 105
1030 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 543 1033, fax: +32 2 543 1037
E-mail: cicopa[at]

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