Field research and seminar on “Strategy for developing and promoting worker and social cooperatives in Singapore”

In the framework of the project with the Singapore government, CICOPA organized a field research and a seminar during the week of 19-23 November, in Singapore. Hyungsik Eum, CICOPA data analyst, together with two experts from our network, carried out interviews with various local stakeholders from the cooperative movement, social enterprises and governmental bodies.

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“Without community media there is no democracy”, warn journalists in Argentina

In Argentina, freedom of expression is more than ever under threat. Abuse on free and plural press are no longer determined by typical authoritarian measures, such as the closure of newspapers and magazines, the presence of soldiers and assault cars in the printing presses, the withdrawal of certain paper issues from the market, and other forms of censorship experienced in the past. In fact, the government of President Mauricio Macri distinguishes the media between friends and enemies; functional and dysfunctional, “liberal” and “militant journalism.”

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Uruguayan media cooperatives are in astonishingly good health

At a time when communication is being totally revolutionised, Uruguayan media is experiencing a crisis which seems to be getting worse the longer it lasts. This is the context in which two media cooperatives are battling to survive. Although they have a similar background, they have different readerships and discourse. The “La Diaria” and “Brecha” publications co-exist in an increasingly hostile environment.

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Breaking the Fourth Wall: Media-based cooperatives in Asia and Pacific

The landscape of media-based worker cooperatives in Asia Pacific is both varied and unique. But there is still scope and potential for this movement to kick-off, as many of the known examples are from the pre-globalization era. With the abundance of talent more such cooperatives need to be established in various media streams, motivated from successful cases of individuals rallying together to converge their talents, interests, ideas and goals, for mutual enterprise and cooperation.

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A Cooperative to foster the curiosity of Polish citizens

Cooperative Media WNET was set up in December 2011. Its mission was to create and support independent media that respect  values such as freedom, responsibility and commitment. The cooperative follows  republican ideals based on the  Christian traditions of the Republic of Poland and on respect towards the cooperative movement that concentrated in the 1980s around “Solidarnosc” movement.

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How are cooperatives portrayed in the media?

In 2017, three students at the KU Leuven in Belgium carried out research on the way in which cooperatives are portrayed in the media.  This is an original subject and whilst it was addressed at a local level, the outcome of the research is positive for the entire cooperative movement.  

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5th Cooperative Summit of the Americas

Co-operatives of the Americas and The Co-operative Confederation of the Argentine Republic (Cooperar), together with the member organizations of the International Co-operative Alliance in Argentina, invite you to take part in the V Co-operative Summit of the Americas, “Co-operatives at a time of global challenges”, which will take place in the city of Buenos Aires between October 23 and 26, 2018.

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How worker cooperatives deal with tensions?

Luc Audebrand is a professor at Laval University (Quebec City). His research focuses on managing tensions in worker coops and, in this paper called “Expanding the scope of paradox scholarship on social enterprise: the case for (re)introducing worker cooperatives”, he describes the main tensions in worker coops and ways to deal with these tensions.

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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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