We are in a Cooperative Moment – one in which people find that they are excluded from their economy or society. In the past, people have looked to the cooperative business model to ensure workers, consumers, or producers have a greater say in the market – whether in commodity markets (agriculture co-ops with two million farmers), consumer finance (credit unions with over 100 million consumers), or basic utilities (rural electric cooperatives with nearly 50 million rural citizens). This talk will focus on how one in three people in the United States have used cooperatives to solve heretofore unsolvable problems and capture more economic opportunity: through greater public awareness, political organization, and advocating for a supportive public policy environment.
Doug O’Brien serves as the President & CEO of NCBA CLUSA where he works with the cooperative community, both domestically and internationally, to deepen its impact on individuals and communities
About the "Who Owns the World?" event series:
This lecture is part of a free, public events series and course convened by The Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy at The New School entitled "Who Owns the World?" Members of the public are invited to join up to three events. All readings are openly accessible on the website: http://whoownstheworld.org