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     Volume 6 Number 8, August 30, 2012


Fall blog and webinar offerings will inspire and inform
As summer draws to a close, this issue of International Dispatch looks ahead to a number of events spotlighting the many ways co-operatives are changing our world for the better. Plugging into the action is as easy as 1,2,3.
1. Three Canadian women with over 100 years of experience building credit unions and co-operatives around the world are nearing their goal of summitting Africa's highest mountain. Their Once in a Blue Moon climb is both an International Year of Co-operatives project and a fundraiser for the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada's Build a Better World campaign. Canadian Co-operative Association staffers Jo-Anne Ferguson, Ingrid Fischer and Lydia Phillips reach the top of Mount Kilimanjaro tomorrow morning! Follow it all.
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NFCPWD workers, Philippines
NFCPWD workers, Philippines
2. A September webinar entitled Co-ops: The "Swiss Army Knife" of Community Economies sponsored by the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) serves up three examples of co-op innovation around the world. How has an oregano co-op managed to reverse the migration of rural Bolivian families to the city? Why are 'differently-abled' people in the Philippines able to create their own jobs? How have Inuit and Dene members of Arctic Co-operatives Ltd. gained local control in key economic sectors? Find the answers on September 24. 
3. Travel vicariously this fall as fellow Canadians blog about their encounters with co-operators in far flung corners of the globe. Groups are packing their bags to study farmer co-ops in Uganda, coach credit unions in Mongolia and take up internships in Peru, Cambodia, Philippines, Malawi, Ghana, Uganda and Rwanda.  It's all there this fall on The View From Here.
Look for more exciting blogs this October from two global co-operative gatherings: the Quebec 2012 Summit of Cooperatives (Quebec City, Oct. 8-10), and the Co-operatives United/World Festival and ICA Expo (Manchester, UK, Oct.29-Nov.2).  Both conferences and blogs will be featured on our website.


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This publication is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

Cette publication est réalisée avec l'appui financier du gouvernement du Canada accordé par l'entremise de l'Agence canadienne de développement international (ACDI).