Cooperation among cooperatives : a system of mutual exchange in the northeast

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Southern New Hampshire University
The objective of this project is to implement a system of mutual exchange among cooperative organizations for their benefit and the benefit of their members and localities. Initial participation will be by members of Cooperative Life, which represents the interests of cooperatives in the Northeast region and is the sponsoring organization for the project. The first part of the project identified the barriers to increased cooperation and the preferred strategies for increasing cooperation. The second part of the project began implementation of the most preferred strategies--a directory of cooperatives and a means of posting announcements. Subsequent parts of the project will further develop the initial strategies as well as new strategies. The goal of the directory is to increase the number and accuracy of listings of cooperative organizations and other locally owned businesses in the Northeast region, to increase awareness among cooperative organizations of the directory and the listings in it, and to ensure the sustainability and continued usefulness of the directory over time. The goal of the notices tool is to facilitate transactions among organizations listed in the directory, with messages targeted by topic and geography. The success of these tools will be evaluated by (1) the production of usable tools, (2) usage of the tools by cooperative organizations, (3) increased awareness among the target population of the tools, and (4) presence of necessary elements for continuous development of tools and strategies. (Author abstract)