International Co-operative Day (IDC) on 7 July is a day of global co-operative action. IDC is celebrated on the first Saturday in July.
Watch the messages of ICA President, Dame Pauline Green and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
(Share the messages using #coops2012 ad #coops hashtags)
A global movement of 1.4 million businesses and 1 billion people is already celebrating the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives. 7 July will be a high point, a day of shared action in this unique year.
There are some easy ways to get involved and make sure you play your part in this global day of action:
Write to your local MP
Get your story on local radio and in the paper
Share your story with the rest of the world
Join the iCooperate campaign
International Day resources and events
1. Write to your local MP
What does the PM think of Co-ops? We’ve written to find out as part of the IDC celebrations
The Australian Secretariat for the International Year is taking the opportunity to write to the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition, seeking their views on co-operatives.
We encourage Australian co-operatives to use the letter as a framework to write to your own MPs to tell them about the economic and social value of co-operatives in your community. What does your co-op do? How many members do you have? How long have you been around? How do you support the community and generate economic and other benefits for the local economy?
2. Get your story on local radio and in the paper
IDC is a great opportunity to contact your local paper, radio station, or to put out a media release on the great work of your co-operative in the community.
IDC message by the International Co-operative Alliance – share this with your colleagues.
Read the press release from Luke Hartsuyker MP, Federal Member for Cowper, on the role of co-ops in his electorate.
3. Share your story with the rest of the world
stories.coop is the global archive of co-operative case studies. Take this opportunity to share your co-ops story with the rest of the world. It’s free, easy to do and your story can be shared on your own website or with other organisations using the downloadable widget. Visit www.stories.coop to learn more and read about other inspiring co-ops.
Please let us know if your story is on www.stories.coop so that we can upload the link to the national website.
4. Join the iCooperate campaign
Twitter and instagram enthusiasts can join the iCooperate fun.
Australia's contribution to the global day of action is iCooperate. 'Ants' are the new mascot of co-operation. iCooperate encourages co-ops to share their stories on www.stories.coop and images via twitter (@iCooperate) and instagram (@iCooperate).
You can also like the IYC Facebook page.
5. International Day resources and events
There are resources available for your co-operative events:
Download the posters and print them out in A1 and A3 size
Promote your activity on the International website and on the national website
Download the Facts sheet on the Australian co-operative sector
- Print out the National Conference Flyer to promote the IYC event in October
If you are planning any activities please take photos and share your story with the Secretariat so that we can include your efforts in the next newsletter.
Around the globe
Here are some ways other countries are celebrating IDC.
UK — Check-in Challenge
Win £50 worth of co-operative vouchers of your choice by simply checking in to five co-operative outlets on the new mobile app Co-operate during Co-operatives Fortnight, which runs from Saturday, 23 June to Saturday, 7 July 2012.
US — Grand Finale of 2012 Community Tour
After riding 2,300 miles along the East Coast Greenway to strengthen communities, the 2012 Community Tour will culminate in Portland, Maine on 7 July with a fun community and family event. The tour is led by Cabot Creamery Cooperative and supporters.
Canada — Multiple Events
The Canadian Co-operative Association and the Ontario Co-operative Association are encouraging co-operatives and credit unions to celebrate IDC. Many organisations are holding events. For information about IYC in Canada visit www.canada2012.coop
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- Australian Secretariat
- Business models
- Canadian Co-operative Association
- Consumers' cooperative
- Contact Details
- Housing cooperative
- International Co-operative Alliance
- Pauline Green
- Person Career
- Prime Minister
- Prime Minister and the Leader
- Secretary General
- Social economy
- Social Issues
- Social systems
- The Co-operative Group
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