Co-operatives are key institutions that have long addressed the issues at the centre of the Occupy Wall Street movement. As an alternative, co-operatives are about the creation of wealth and its distribution. They are democratic, socially more equitable, and above all, culturally and politically correct. They arise from the needs of the citizenry and opportunities at the community level; and encourage citizen engagement productively in the long term. They are the embodiment of social capital and sustainable development.
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