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Food Co-ops Lunch n Learn

Food Co-ops Lunch 'n' Learn
11am - 1pm at Chelmsford CVS

Hear from Felicity of the Witham Wholefood Buying Group as well as the
East of England's Food Co-ops adviser on what food co-ops are and how to
set up your very own. The first hour will be presentations and activities, the second will be more informal - a networking session over food.

Includes delicious local seasonal lunch with options for dairy- and
gluten-free people.

Booking essential: contact Diana Newman Spaul 01245 351888

Food Co-ops Sourcing Locally

The Food Co-ops & Buying Groups project presents it’s 2nd East Anglian conference:


Linking up food co-ops, buying groups, allotment plotholders, community gardens, urban scrumpers, & small producers

February 6th 10:00 - 4:00 at Sproughton Tithe Barn near Ipswich, Suffolk

Presentations & Workshops from:

Urban Harvest London & Leeds -

International Year of Cooperative Kick-off (hosted by the Manchester Food Co-op)

Join the Manchester Food Co-op as we kick off the International Year of Cooperatives. We're hosting a fun, family-friendly event to get the word out about co-operatives, what they are and why they're important.

We're also encouraging members to come and share their reasons for supporting the MFC through an interactive photo booth, video station and more.


Hope to see you there!

International Conference for Cooperation Economy

On February 15th, 16th and 17th, 2012 will be held in the city of Barranquilla, the Second International Conference of Solidarity Economy in the Convention Center-Grand Boulevard Hotel Sonesta. The event will feature speakers from renowned national and international economic issues and the solidarity sector in general.

As part of the academic agenda, the event will develop a series of workshops, which will touch on current issues within the sector to the discussion of stakeholders.

The First Social Network for Cooperatives

On the occasion of the launch by the 2012 UN International Year of Cooperatives, Irecoop Tuscany, training agency of cooperative members of Confcooperative, december 19 introduces the first social network platform that will appeal to all the cooperatives to their members , their employees and more generally to those who have interest with respect to the model of cooperative enterprises.

International Year of Co-operatives Stamp Series

The Singapore Co-operative Movement is going down in philatelic history! Come 2012, we will be releasing a series of postage stamps on the Co-operative Movement, in conjunction of the International Year of Co-operatives 2012.

Stick them on an envelope or postcard, or simply buy them as gifts or collector keepsakes! Commemorative First Day Covers can be purchased at its official launch at the IYC Co-op Movement Celebrations Event on 9 June 2012.

Visit for more details in due course.

Two board members elected at ICA's General Assembly

The final day of the General Assembly saw the election of two representatives to the International Co-operative Alliance’s board.

Mexican President - a strong co-operative economy is vital for Mexico

Mexican President pledges his support to the co-operative movement and tells the General Assembly that Mexico will actively participate in the International Year

'Co-operatives have the potential to change the status-quo'

Philippe Cousteau tells the ICA General Assembly that the co-operative movement has solutions to the big global issues that will provide the world with hope for the future. 

The environmentalist, journalist & filmmaker Philippe Cousteau today addressed the International Co-operative Alliance General Assembly in Cancun, Mexico with a message that co-operatives hold the answer to many of the big challenges facing the world.


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