“The Amazing Power of Cooperatives” is the theme of the International Summit of Cooperatives that will take place from October 8 to 11, 2012, in Quebec City, Canada. The theme clearly reflects the 2 objectives of the Summit: Generate innovative solutions to help cooperative and mutual leaders meet their economic and financial challenges Raise public awareness about the power of the cooperative and mutualist movement around the world The theme of the Summit is also an invitation to “revisit” or “rediscover” the cooperative business model which, despite the huge impact it has on the planet’s economic and social development, remains relatively unknown. “The Amazing Power of Cooperatives” is meant to remind us that half of the world’s population draws its livelihood from cooperative activities and that cooperatives generate annual sales comparable to those of the 10th largest economic power in the world. 2012 was named the International Year of Cooperatives by the United Nations (UN) to highlight the major contribution that the cooperative business model has made to our socioeconomic development. In his speech, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon rightly declared that the cooperative business model is a reminder to the international community that it is possible to pursue both economic viability and social responsibility. Cooperatives and mutuals have clearly demonstrated that they are a long-term solution that can help build a stronger and more equitable financial system. They proved it again recently by coming out of the last financial and economic crisis better than anyone else. In fact, cooperation is expected to become the fastest growing business model between now and 2020. That’s why more and more communities and regions around the world will want to tap into the amazing power of cooperatives. The Summit’s Logo: Openness to the World The 2012 International Summit of Cooperatives logo reflects the core values of the cooperative and mutualist movement and the people who personify it. The globe reminds us that cooperatives are active around the world. It symbolizes both unity and openness to the world. The points on the globe show where the players are in each region of the world, reflecting the scope of the cooperative movement and the diverse economic sectors where it is active. The lines represent the ties that unite cooperatives and mutuals around the globe. They remind us that dialogue between partners can help build networks of solidarity and cooperation, and that they can accomplish much more together than alone. The colour blue is the colour of the flag of Quebec, the birthplace of the cooperative movement in Canada and the province where the leaders of the cooperative and mutualist movement from around the world will be meeting.