Two events in one


20 August 2012

Why Be in Quebec City Oct. 6?

“Can co-ops help drive global recovery?” is the title of an article in the current edition of the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Cooperatives magazine, whose 14,000 subscribers include directors and managers of some of the nation’s strongest agricultural and rural co-ops. The article refers to the cooperative business sector as “the sleeping giant” and it asks, “How can we wake the giant up?” Its answer: Take a giant step in the right direction and attend the Imagine 2012 International Conference on Co-operative Economics and the International Summit of Cooperatives, Oct. 6–11 in Québec City, Canada. Imagine 2012 will host … Continue reading

26 June 2012


This is the year we imagined. We are the ones we’ve been hoping for. We have the tools, and compassion; We don’t need anything more. This isn’t an invitation to Cinderella’s ball. It’s from Earth’s family of nations; it’s a global wake-up call. THE INVITATION: Calling co-op, credit union and mutual leaders of all nations, ages, income levels, types of cooperative enterprise, etc. Like Us: IF YOU CAN sponsor a co-op with limited resources to send a director and/or manager, please contact Tom Webb at:

26 June 2012

Tired of Waiting for Economic “Recovery”? Plug In to ‘The Amazing Power of Co-operatives’!


While the G-20 met in Mexico this week to talk about creating jobs and stabilizing currencies, the experts and their economic indicators continue to forecast a bumpy road ahead. For the world’s six million children who will die of hunger or related causes this year, it’s not just a bumpy road. It’s a dead end. In May, International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) President Pauline Green addressed the annual Cooperative Issues Forum in Washington, DC ( She urged global leaders to “recognize the contribution co-operatives can make to addressing social and economic issues.”   Nelson Kuria, CEO of the CIC Group in … Continue reading

14 June 2012

NOVA SCOTIA Yesterday marked the passing of Elinor Ostrom

JULY 13 HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA Yesterday marked the passing of Elinor Ostrom, professor of political science at Indiana University (US) and the first woman to win the Nobel prize for Economics. Tom Webb announced Ostrom’s death to the organizers of the Imagine 2012 International Conference on Cooperative Economics taking place this October in Quebec City. Dr. Ostrom was slated as the Keynote Speaker. “The world has lost a great human being, and we extend our deepest sympathies to her family and her many friends,” said Webb, who is coordinating Imagine 2012 for Saint Mary’s University, which is co-sponsor with the … Continue reading

12 June 2012

Call for Academic Poster Abstracts


Research reports, ongoing projects, innovative works in progress—share your work with colleagues at Imagine 2012. The deadline for POSTER ABSTRACTS to be displayed at Imagine 2012 is JULY 31st. Twelve themes are listed and further directions are given at  

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