New money awarded for research on co-ops and international development

The National Cooperative Business Association’s international arm -CLUSA- has just reported receiving a two year $1.3 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to advance the knowledge and research of global cooperative development.

The project, in close collaboration with the Oversea Cooperative Development Council (OCDC), will design and establish a new cooperative development research and resource facility, the Cooperative Development Research and Resource Center (CDRRC), to build upon and broaden the ongoing research activities of various Cooperative Development Organizations (CDOs) to meet the needs of the international cooperative development community. The CDRRC will also provide a platform for both the development of research products and guidelines for the OCDC members and other cooperative development programs, and furnishing limited services to the CDOs, their partners and other cooperative development stakeholders.

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New Book: Cooperation, Community, and Co-ops in A Global Era

Title: Cooperation, Community, and Co-ops in A Global Era
Item Type: Book
Author: Carl Ratner
Date: 2013
Publisher: Springer Publishers
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From the back cover:

“Human history is largely the story of communities, punctuated by examples of
cooperatives—in fact, our level of cooperative behavior is one of the attributes that makes
us most human. In recent years, however, concepts such as rugged individualism and
social Darwinism have competed against cooperative ideas for supremacy, and today’s
climate of global economic crisis has found these “me-first” concepts wanting.
Now, an important new book posits that current political solutions to acute world
problems are inadequate, and that modern society needs to look to its communal roots for
recovery—and perhaps survival. Cooperation, Community, and Co-ops in a Global Era
argues for a societal paradigm shift and details how such a transformation might be
accomplished. Taking the evolutionary long view, its author demonstrates how
cooperative principles can make a social system not just more efficient and less wasteful
of time and resources, but also more democratic, empowering, and fulfilling for everyone
involved. In making this compelling case, he:
• Explains how humans are hard-wired for cooperation, and identifies its psychological
• Contrasts aspects of cooperative enterprises before and after the Industrial Revolution.
• Provides illustrative examples from European cooperative institutions.
• Analyzes modern social paradoxes such as cooperative individuality.
• Examines the strengths and shortcomings of the modern international cooperative
• Explicates a cooperative social philosophy: its structures, behaviors, and values.
Social and cultural psychologists as well as sociologists will find Cooperation, Community,
and Co-ops in a Global Era worth reading, discussing, and debating.”