New Publication: Co-operation, Learning, and Co-operative Values

Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group recently published a book edited by Tom Woodin on comtemporary issues in co-operative education. Here is the publisher’s description of the book:

“The rapidity of change in education has intensified in recent years. With the emergence of ‘co-operative schools’ and a new framework focusing heavily on co-operation, a direct challenge to ways of thinking about education, at both school and university level, has developed.

Co-operation, Learning and Co-operative Values addresses the urgent need to describe, analyse and assess the growth of co-operative education. The relationship between co-operation and education is a complex process and this book critically reflects on the tensions and obstacles facing this movement. It brings together the contributions of academics and practitioners from a range of backgrounds, and explores topics including:

    • Theories and histories of co-operative values and principles
    • Critical views of the practice of co-operative education
    • Case studies of processes in action from both schools and higher education
    • Co-operative education in a wider context

This book provides an essential introduction to a new and expanding area of research with chapters by many leading commentators in education. It will be of interest to researchers and educators interested in education and social policy.”

For more information about this publication and to purchase the book, follow this link.

New Publication on Co-operatives and Gender Equality

The International Labour Organization published a first brief about co-operatives and the world of work. This publication offers basic information about the gender equality in the workplace, fundamental information on co-operatives, and the co-operative advantage when it comes to gender equality in the workplace.

To access the document, follow this link.

To obtain a hard copy, contact

New Publication on Domestic Workers Cooperatives

The International Labour Organization published its second brief about co-operatives and the world of work. This publication offers basic information about the domestic worker profession around the world, fundamental information on co-operatives, and the co-operative advantage when it comes to domestic workers organizations.

To access the document, follow this link.

To obtain a hard copy, contact

August E-Newsletter from the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation

In its August E-Newsletter, the CRRF has released recent rural news and publications,
Including PhD opportunities and the role of Infographic for nonprofit in Ontario. To access the newsletter, follow this link!

In addition, the CRRF is invited you to its Annual General Meeting to be held on Saturday, September 26th from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Coast Inn of the North, Prince George, British Columbia.

CRRF was founded in 1987 as a non-partisan voluntary network to foster the welfare of rural Canada through collaborative research on policy, development trends and patterns, and rural problems and opportunities. With over six hundred practitioners, researchers, policy advisors, instructors, community members, NGOs, and other network members across Canada, and internationally, CRRF collaborates through annual conferences, workshops, seminars, a great diversity of research, public commentary, publications, and other activities.

Further details on CRRF can be found at:

Atlantic Co-operative Publishers goes Digital and National

Atlantic Co-operative Publishers launches an exciting new e-magazine: The Canadian Co-operator

Check it out online here


Une nouvelle publication numérique nationale!

Les Éditions coopératives de l’Atlantique lancent un nouveau cybermagazine fort attrayant intitulé: Le Coopérateur

Cliquez ici pour vous informer sur le mouvement coopératif du Canada

Free access to co-ops and food systems journal until the end of July

The special issue of the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD) on Cooperatives and Alternative Food Systems Initiatives has just been completed and will be freely availableno subscription needed! — through the end of the month of July. We are doing this to make these papers more readily available to researchers and practitioners and to extend the research on and practice of cooperatives. It also offers prospective subscribers a chance to explore the contents of JAFSD. We welcome you sharing this information with your colleagues and networks.

Duncan Hilchey
Editor in chief, Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development
online at

MCD Research Network Newsletter Released

Hot off the presses! Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network Newsletter (May edition) now released.



Note from Dr. Sonja Novkovic, Academic Co-Lead

New book released by Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard

Update on the International Tools Conference – Halifax May 22-24

Fiona Duguid joins instructor team for Co-op Management Education program at SMU

Meet the new Prairie Cluster research assistant: Victoria Casey

Launch of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada

And more….

Read it here

Governance of large co-ops report released

“The governance of large co-operative businesses” report was just released, a project undertaken by Johnston Birchall, commissioned by Co-operatives UK.

Some highlights (excerpt from the report):
-Overall, the governance of large co-operatives is on a par with and probably superior to shareholder companies
-Where there are examples of governance weakness there is encouraging evidence of action to remedy this
-The governance approach of co-operatives is shaped by the ownership model and central purpose of the business. The best model is one that reinforces the economic participation of members
-Two common challenges in co-operative governance are ensuring expertise on the Board and managing the costs of a participative model of governance

View the full study here