National Co-operatives Fortnight runs from September 10-24, and will provide a unique opportunity to celebrate and promote the benefits of the co-operative model – shared profits, equal say and community engagement to build a better world.
Your co-operative, credit union or mutual can join in by staging an event during the Fortnight – just add your activity to the National IYC Calendar.
Based on similar successful national campaigns around the world such as the UK campaign of the same name, the fortnight is a time for co-operatives to showcase the social and economic good that comes from co-operative business.
Last year’s UK Co-ops Fortnight saw 290 events and online publicity reaching nearly 2 million. Co-operatives trended on twitter for the first time, becoming one of the most popular topics.
Here are some ways to get involved in the Co-ops Fortnight, as well as resources to aid you in your activities.
What you can do to make the most of Co-ops Fortnight
Hold an event celebrating your co-operative and its contribution to the local community; an information evening, luncheon, products fair, stall, film screening etc.
Invite your local chamber of commerce, mayor, local media or a local MP to learn about the contribution of your co-operative to the local community and its economy.
Hold a promotional competition to celebrate the Fortnight and promote the IYC 2012.
Invite your local schools to visit your co-operative – or organise to visit them! (Educating the next generation of co-operative members about the difference in our business structure).
Write to your local MP and tell them about the contribution your co-operative and others in your region have made to the local economy and social fabric over the years.
Add your event to the IYC Calendar
The Secretariat will mark your event with the Co-ops Fortnight logo.
What the IYC Secretariat can do for you
To support co-operatives during their Co-op Fortnight activities, the IYC Secretariat is developing a range of free resources to add value to your event:
IYC 2012 Postcards for giveaway at your event/s (for our IYC 2012 partners).
Not a supporter yet? Find out how you can contribute to the industry funded campaign.
Downloadable artwork to print off Co-ops Fortnight and IYC 2012 posters
- Use of Co-ops Fortnight logo in all promotional materials (contact [email protected])
The Secretariat has commissioned several merchandising opportunities that can be purchased for sale or giveaway at your fortnight activities:
Limited edition IYC 2012 badges featuring the UN logo would be an ideal giveaway at any Co-ops Fortnight event.
- Banners, caps, pens, balloons, mugs, key rings – all with our great IYC logo. For a full list, see our e-shop
Commemorative items – limited edition
Commemorative stamp sheet and coin mailer
Available with great bulk discounts on the pre-paid envelopes, these limited edition Australia Post items offer the chance to collect a lasting reminder of IYC 2012. They make great member recognition gifts too.
The only nation in the world to produce a collectible coin and stamps series celebrating the IYC 2012, the coin offers a unique opportunity to celebrate the year.
Lastly, please contact the Secretariat to notify us of your involvement in Co-ops Fortnight, so that we may promote your activities across our networks and in the media: [email protected]
Look no further than Maleny…
As an example of an excellent way to celebrate National Co-operatives Fortnight, look no further than Maleny’s ‘Coops 4 Change Fest’. The one day festival will promote the co-operatives of this Queensland town and the vast contribution they have made to their community: www.iycmaleny.coop
Coming in July!