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Documenting the most Striking and Inspiring Cooperatives in Five Continents

They say the best way to learn is to teach.  It couldn’t be more true.  Writing a blog post is the process of condensing a lot of information into an easily digestible form.  As a result, I’m learning right along with my readers.  Here’s something I didn’t know:

Cooperatives are not a marginal phenomenon:

  • More than 12% of humanity is part of any of the 3 million cooperatives in the world!
  • The Top 300 cooperatives and mutuals report a total turnover of 2,1 trillion USD, according to the World Co-operative Monitor (2017).
  • Cooperatives contribute to the sustainable economic growth and stable, quality employment, employing 280 million people across the globe, in other words, 10% of the world’s employed population.

You might also be interested to know the Italian researcher Sara Vicari and filmmaker Andrea Mancori, have set a goal of visiting and documenting, in a series of short films, some of the most striking and inspiring cooperatives from different economic sectors in five continents.  They started the project in January.  You can get more detailed information about the project on their blog,

All the videos will be made available on ICA’s youtube channel

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“Native Silence” Documents Lives of Four Women from White Earth Indian Reservation

Vicki Gerdes previews a new documentary film that chronicles the lives of four America Indian women:

…much of which was filmed within the boundaries of the White Earth Indian Reservation [that] could begin making the rounds on the international film festival circuit soon.
“Native Silence,” produced by the nonprofit organization 3 Generations, is nearing completion.
“The film is in post-production right now,” said Elizabeth Woller, head of production and marketing for 3 Generations.
What she and the film’s director, Jane Wells, are hoping is the film will eventually find a home within the educational community — though they plan to market it on the film festival circuit as well.
Though the film focuses primarily on the lives of two native women, Joyce and Paulette, and their daughters, Amy and Dawn, their stories touch on many of the larger issues that so many native communities face — drugs, alcohol, familial estrangement, sexual violence, and the “defective foster care and boarding school systems which functioned to isolate and erase Native American identity” for so many years.
Both Joyce and Paulette are products of those defective systems, Wells said.
“One was put into foster care at a very young age (18 months), and the other was put into the boarding school system and then into foster care,” Wells said. “They were taken away from their mothers and their families and their culture.”
Woller said, “A lot of these adoptees (who were interviewed for the film) talk about how the loss of their culture and inability to find other peers to identify with really, really affected them (from childhood) into their adult lives. That’s where you see a lot of the teenage suicide and drug use coming from.”