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Fixing the Future inspires hope and renewal in a people overwhelmed by an economic collapse.

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Co-operatives, time banks (a form of bartering), credit unions and community banks are ways that people are coming together to “fix” the current economy.

More than 29,000 co-operatives operate in every sector of the economy and in congressional district; Americans hold over 350 million co-op memberships. US co-operatives generate 2 million jobs and make a substantial contribution to the US economy with annual sales of $652 billion and possessing assets of $3 trillion.

Why a Co-operative?

In Spain, Co-operatives create 8,000 new jobs while unemployment hits record an all time record. At a time when more then six million people are unemployed across Spain, co-operatives have managed to not only maintain, but also increase the number of jobs by 7.2 percent in the third quarter of 2012.

The Spanish Ministry for Employment have confirmed that co-operatives have created 8,000 new jobs in the first half of 2012.

According to the Spanish Confederation of Workers Co-operatives (COCETA), employment figures in worker co-operatives doubled in the first half of 2012, compared to the previous year. More than 250,000 people work in 17,000 co-operatives. Read more.

Cooperatives businesses are about meeting the needs of people—whether consumers, purchasers, workers or producers. These core values of economic and social development are at the heart of the Seven Cooperative Principles.

That is why that in the United States alone there are 29,000 cooperatives with more than 100 million members! Worldwide more than 1 billion people belong to cooperatives.

Helping People, Building Communities

Cooperative business are unique from other types of commercial enterprises in that they exist to meet the needs of people, not to maximize profit. Around the world, people form cooperatives to better their lives and build more successful enterprises and organizations.

A commitment to community is one of the seven cooperative principles and building stronger communities—for the good of all—is at the heart of why people form cooperatives. Read more

Mari-Lyn Harris

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