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Community Development – Community Finance

Bank on something better - with barefoot co-operation. On Australia’s doorstep credit co-operatives are freeing people from poverty and investing in community projects for financial literacy, the empowerment of women, and environmental sustainability. In contrast Australian community credit co-operatives are now virtually non-existent, victims of the economic rationalism that has decimated the ...
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Capital for Better Business – Who are the key actors in social investment?

Interesting workshop coming up: Whether you call it social investment or impact investment, what are the distinguishing features of this type of investment and who are the key actors? We will explore social investment from both a domestic and international perspective during the evening and encourage engagement, conversation and lots of questions as ...
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Employee-owner co-operative innovation

The Earthworker blog has reported on the proposed establishment of an employee-owned airline in Mexico.   Members of the Association of Airline Pilots (ASPA) of Mexico participating in a protest (EFE).   Examples of innovation can be found elsewhere too. A major ferry service in France has mutualised with employees owning the enterprise.   ...
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Peter Holbrook comes to Melbourne

Peter Holbrook (pic Guardian UK) A great discussion was held today with high-profile Social Enterprise UK leader (and UK Mutuals Ambassador) Peter Holbrook. The big picture global social and economic problems were clearly set out. In response to this, and despite the austerity program of the UK Government, there have ...
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Moreland, Morwell?

I enjoyed a wonderful visit to Morwell with Earthworker co-operator Dave Kerin, checking out the community at the Uniting Church Congregation of St. Luke's. Rev Philip Liebelt We met with Philip Liebelt (the local Presbytery Minister) ('Presbytery' is Uniting Church speak for regional council) about the possibility of  partnering to build a ...
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