NOVA SCOTIA CO-OPERATIVES AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT
Nova Scotia Co-operative Council, Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network, Conseil Coopératif Acadien Nouvelle Écosse, Nova Scotia Government & others
This panel session at the 2012 Co-operating to Build a Better Nova Scotia Conference in Halifax explored Nova Scotia Co-operatives and the global context. The advent of the internet, combined with the influence of globalization and capitalism propel large scale, transnational corporations as the drivers of economic growth around the world. However, history reminds us that cooperatives have always been there. They have always been in the rural and coastal communities of Nova Scotia, helping fishing and farming families to mobilize, work together and create vibrant local economies. In Southeast Asia, cooperatives have been helping rural and landless families to enterprise successfully. Cooperatives are empowering communities in Latin America and helping communities to generate incomes and improve access to health across several African countries. They were only absent to report bankruptcy and seek capitalization in 2008 when the global economy was on the brink of a collapse. Cooperatives have grown locally and globally. There are, however, questions about their ability to concurrently pursue economic growth and remain committed to the aspirations of grassroots families. This workshop draws on innovative research that sheds light on the successes, challenges and failures of cooperatives in Nova Scotia, Canada and the global context. The YouTube URI leads to an audio recording of all three presentations.