CALL FOR PARTNERS: Asia-Pacific Research on Work & Ownership in Coops

CICOPA, on a close collaboration with the ICA Asia-Pacific, will launch in May 2018 a joint research initiative on “Exploring Work & Ownership in Cooperatives”. The research main objective is to better understand the diversity of cooperative models in the industry and service sector for the Asia-Pacific region. The initiative is now launching a call for partners, and CICOPA would like to invite its members from the Asia-Pacific region to participate.

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Social Cooperatives International School 2018

SAVE-THE-DATE 25/28 OCT 2018: CICOPA’s member Federsolidarietà – Confcooperative, the biggest federation of social cooperatives in Italy, is pleased to announce the launch of the fourth global edition of Social Cooperatives International School. The SCIS, with a high entrepreneurial profile and a international spirit, is open to social cooperators and social entrepreneurs from all over the world and specifically addressed to cooperatives’ managers.

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“The SEWA Way”: a New Report with the ILO

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) published on their website a new summary of the report “Advancing cooperation among women workers in the informal economy: The SEWA way” which aims to provide an understanding of the challenges and opportunities for cooperatives and other SSE enterprises in empowering women workers in the informal economy with a specific focus on the experience of Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA).

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CICOPA and ICA-AP Meeting in Sri Lanka on Building a Worker Cooperative Network in the Region

The Asia-Pacific Co-operative Development Conference (APCDC) was organized on the theme Building Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships on Sustainable Development in Colombo (Sri Lanka) from 27-28 Feb 2018. CICOPA was present at the conference aimed to create structured exchange and development partnerships among cooperatives and stakeholders in the pursuit of Sustainable Development.

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Cooperatives of Freelancers in Spain

The issue of “freelancers” cooperatives in Spain is a controversial one. Partly because the function and objective of worker cooperatives (democratic governance, solidarity, mutual support, cooperativization of work…) are confused with a series of false cooperatives; that only give the possibility for self-employed to invoice, paying less taxes. A legal loophole that is now in question.

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IVEY CASES on Business Management include a case study on worker cooperatives and CICOPA

Ivey Publishing, of the Richard Ivey School of Business Foundation, is leader in providing business case studies worldwide. The 2017 article and teaching material mention CICOPA several times, can be utilized in group work, training and teaching, and is fun! It highlights issues of growth through diversification and the need for conflict resolution tools in cooperatives in general and worker cooperatives in particular.

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Cuidados Cooperativos

En el año 2004 en la ciudad de Mar del Plata, de la provincia de Buenos Aires, con un total de 700.000 habitantes, se creó un programa sobre Cuidados Domiciliarios, el mismo cubría la temática de adultos mayores, discapacitados y enfermos crónicos, algo nuevo para la sociedad argentina: pensar en los ancianos y la representación de la vejez.

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Social farming in Italy: how the social cooperative “Un Fiore per la vita” is showing the way forward

The “Fuori di Zucca” social farm was created in 2005 in Aversa, between Caserta and Naples, as a result of the vocation and the aspirations of the members of the “Un fiore per la vita” Cooperative to continue the historic rural tradition of Campania Felix. The idea was to introduce modern farming methods and new productive activities to restore dignity and value to people through the creation of a social economy, to promote respect for the environment and to develop people’s awareness and consumption of local products.

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Great success of the SCIS2016: 4 days of international exchange of Social Cooperatives

Social cooperatives are among the most vital actors of the economy in today’s world, showing the capacity to understand the challenges our societies face today. 30 Cooperative managers from Italy, Japan, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Slovenia, Bosnia, Kosovo and Turkey actively attended the Social Cooperatives International School held from 20 to 23 October in Naples (Italy).

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