By Todd Leverette This article was originally published by Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ) on October 5, 2022, We publish it with their kind permission In the United States, worker-owned models of commercial enterprise have been practiced for centuries—and have been codified into law over the last several decades. From the many worker cooperatives documented by

By Steve Dubb October is Co-op Month. In the United States, it also marks the time that Cooperative Development Foundation hosts its annual co-op hall of fame induction ceremony. This year’s class included Allan Gallant, Paul Hazen, Gary Oakland, and Dan Waddle, as well as the posthumous induction of civil rights leader Ella Josephine (“Ella

At ACE’s Institute in Vancouver, participants challenged the co-op education field to expand and refine the co-op education toolkit to meet the growing co-op hunger and co-op development needs of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities. At ACE, Co-op Leaders Call on Movement to Expand the Co-op Education Toolkit By Steve Dubb Last

“Are we making use of all opportunities for staff and board of director training?” I have recently been pondering this question, and must confess that I approach it with some trepidation, not knowing for sure if I can indeed answer it at all. It is safe to say that it is not really an acceptable

Anonymous ACE contributor – April 20th 2022 Most of us have a general concept of co-operative education, generally speaking from dictionary definitions. My dictionary states that education deals with the process which is employed for the development of the person as a full-fledged member of society and it implies a number of elements: Something to

During these extraordinary times, American college students have had to adapt to online learning formats and a more difficult networking environment. Whereas coffee chats and fireside chats were common on American campuses, the environment in which we live is no longer conducive to these events. Youth unemployment continues to rise in relation to adult unemployment,

Kristi is the Assistant Director of the Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives at North Dakota State University, so she happens to serve a lot of farmers. And she’s also experienced the opportunity – and the tension – of an ag-centric career in a field strongly associated with male leadership. It becomes clear, then, that this article will have

We are excited to share this new campaign with you, highlighting the hard work of co-op educators and researchers across the Americas. This month, we are travelling to South Dakota, where we will learn about the South Dakota State University Extension (SDSU) and it’s work in Ag Business and Ag Co-op research. The SDSU Extension fosters a

If you’ve visited our website ( recently, you’ve noticed a few changes. Aside from the new colours, photos and more user-friendly, mobile interface – the new website has an exciting new member portal and event functionality. In light of recent events, the way we interact as co-operators has undergone a systemic change. Whereas ACE has

Last fall, the Association of Cooperative Educators hosted three successful career fairs in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Oregon, thanks to funding provided by the CHS Foundation. During the events, students explored careers in the rural co-op sector, with employers from the Ag Co-op sector. Students were rotated through stations with different employers, to ask questions and make