Robin Puga
Julia Smith
Ian MacPherson

In the co-operative world, few things are as important as the ways in which groups perceive and then pursue opportunities for co-operative enterprise. The following case studies illustrate some of the ways in which young people in different parts of the world are engaging in co-operative activities: what has been important to them, how they have taken advantage of opportunities, and what they...

Katie Brennan
Jennifer Gutshall
Nicholas Herman

The following two interviews, kindly provided to us by the Northeast Federation of Cooperatives (, provide perspectives from two young people who are deeply involved in the American co-operative movement.

Erik Haensel

The Internet is like a vast library where keystrokes can scan shelves of books in moments and mouse clicks will propel you through seemingly infinite floors of information. But it is also a confusing maze with masses of information organized in disparate fashion. Embarking on what seems like a quick search can result in hours of frustrated flipping between this page and that, search engines...

Nicole Ghanie

HIV/AIDS continues to ravage the social networks and productive capacity of African co-operatives. In the fight against HIV/AIDS, the role of co-operatives, and especially the role of young people in co-operatives, needs to be identified and acted upon.

Jo Billy Scullian

Young people are increasingly important. According to the United Nations (UN), children and young people, under the age of twenty-five, make up fifty percent of the world’s population. The world has already begun to change to incorporate these billions of young people, by making more of an effort to engage them. Young people are going to have to start playing a larger part economically,...

Lee Wilson

The dual purpose of this essay is to raise questions about the role of young people in the co-operative movement and to introduce issues surrounding the socio-political environment in Australia that could affect decisions young people might make in thinking about becoming involved in co-operatives. Unfortunately, the attitudes and behaviours of young people towards co-operatives have not been...

Robin Puga
Ian MacPherson
Julia Smith

It is both easy and difficult to think about co-operatives. They are almost everywhere around the world, in every country and meeting hundreds of different kinds of needs. One can find them in virtually every kind of community. Yet the information about them is often repetitive and tends to be concerned with co-operatives that have been successful in the past and still exist in the market...

Dr. Jutta Gutberlet

Informal Recyclers - Documentary

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