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International Year of Co-operatives 2012 e-newsletter
2012, it’s Our Time to Shine!

29 August 2012

In this issue

Dear Valued Supporters and Friends,
   
Welcome to the August 2012 issue of Social Business Australia's IYC 2012 Australia e-newsletter:

     - Your toolkit is here!

- Traide not aid seminar

     - Are you an Icon?

- Credit unions head to Fiji

     - Practical workshops confirmed

- In the News - Editor's Pick

     - 10 days to nominate

- Member Satisfaction Survey

Latest IYC 2012 & Co-op News

Your toolkit is here!

Your toolkit is here!
   
National Co-operatives Fortnight is fast approaching. 10 – 24 September is your turn to “open the door” to your co-op. From media releases to letters to your MP, facts sheets, and useful links, the downloadable Toolkit is packed with helpful ideas and resources – prepared by the IYC Secretariat for Australia’s first Co-ops Fortnight.
Running an event during Co-ops Fortnight? Email iyc@sociabusiness.coop the details and we will add it to the National Calendar.
     

Co-op IconAre you an Icon?
    
Co-ops are some of our longest surviving, most sustainable businesses – here’s a chance to put your co-op in the picture with the Co-op Icons postcard series.
     
It’s simple; you supply the photo and facts, we do the artwork for beautiful postcards to promote your co-op history during National Co-operatives Fortnight and beyond.

Practical workshops confirmed
    
From social media to better governance, from advice on how to avoid the liquidator to your questions on co-op law answered, there’s a full program of hands on workshops for co-op managers, employees, members and others at the National Co-operatives Conference, 24-25 October, Port Macquarie.
    
Representing exceptional value and something for all – the Co-op Business Clinics program brings the experts to you – facilitators include Bob Corben, Corben Consulting, Craig West, Succession Plus, Jenni Mattila, Mattila Lawyers, Professor Alan Robb, University of St Marys (Canada), David Crombie, Estate Agents Co-op, Schon Condon, Condon Associates and Chris Cooper from the Co-operatives College (UK).
     
Early bird registrations closes 20 September – book soon

Maggie Beer10 days to nominate
    
Nominations for Australia’s first national co-op leadership awards close on 10 September. Don’t miss the chance to recognise outstanding co-operators in your organisation in two categories; a youth award and a senior leader award. It’s easy to nominate online. Email iyc@socialbusiness.coop with any questions.
     
Presented on 25 October by Australia’s favourite ‘celeb chef’ and great cooperator – Maggie Beer.

Paul HazenTraide not aid? seminar
   
How can co-ops empower the world’s poorest citizens, reduce poverty and increase food security in developing nations?
    
With the theme of this year’s World Food Day being Agricultural Cooperatives: Key to Feeding the World join us for a timely discussion with visiting international aid expert, Paul Hazen. Paul is the Executive Director of US Overseas Co-operative Development Council. There are two chances to hear from Paul on 11 September, Sydney CBD – a breakfast workshop (7.30am) and a free public lecture (4.30pm)

PCUTCCredit unions head to Fiji
    
The Pacific Credit Union Technical Congress will bring mutuals together from across the Pacific region to share skills, knowledge and build important relationships. The congress will be held at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi, Fiji, 24–26 October.

In the News - Editor's Pick
    
Excellent op-ed by Kathy Bardswick, CEO of The Co-operators in Canada on what investor-owned companies could learn from co-operatives.

Member Satisfaction Survey
   
The University of Western Australia (UWA) is seeking the involvement of co-operative enterprises and member‐focused organisations in an international survey that will determine the drivers of member commitment and loyalty. It’s free to participate and is supported by Co-operatives WA. Download the survey invitation Adobe PDF

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