A tribute to Tim Pearce

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Mervyn Wilson, chief executive and principal of the Co-operative College, pays tribute to co-operator Tim Pearce. “A compulsive co-operator – he always looked for ways to help make the world a better place, through actions as well as words. Tim was really one of the good guys.” That is how Peter Hunt, chief executive of Mutuo and […]


Why education is so important for co-operatives

'Education was – and remains – the lifeblood of all co-operatives'

Co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operative. They inform the general public, particularly young people and opinion leaders, about the nature and benefits of co-operation. This is the fifth co-operative principle, as published by the International Co-operative Alliance. […]


United Kingdom: There is a need for co-operative alternatives

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With the ongoing economic crisis and the prospect of falling living standards and reduced public services for years to come it would be easy for co-operators to feel pessimistic, but the market failures that caused that crisis and the growing inequalities in our society highlight the need for and