a cooperative world

is possible!

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The team



The journey

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Follow the project to find out more about this exciting travel documenting how cooperatives can make the difference in promoting sustainable development worldwide while leaving no one behind.

15 countries, 5 continents, 12 months!

A cooperative world is possible!

The Aroundtheworld.coop project was born from the idea of ​​Andrea Mancori and Sara Vicari, a couple who turned their passions and skills into a unique life experience: a one-year long journey around the world in search of virtuous and innovative cooperatives that promote sustainable human development and the safeguarding of common goods.

The project is carried out in partnership with the International Alliance of Cooperatives (ICA), in particular thanks to the support of the Coops4Dev program. It started in December 2018 and finished in October 2019. Furthermore, to complete the project an additional cooperative story has been documented in Poland in September 2020 and another cooperative story will be documented in a European country, COVID-19 permitting. So far, a total of 13 cooperative stories have been documented.

We work together with cooperative members to retrace the steps of their own coop story. By combining documentary filmmaking and participatory action research, we share these stories with the rest of the world.

At aroundtheworld.coop, our work has a twofold objective. On one hand, we aim at giving visibility to cooperative stories, showing that, everywhere in the world, doing cooperative business allows communities to pursue economic, environmental and social sustainability. 

On the other hand, we seek to inspire and pave the way for other communities worldwide to meet their needs and aspirations and to transform their territories by creating to their own collective ways.
The initial project brought together a group of professionals who joined forces to collaborate in a new cooperative start-up.
Our mission is to continue transforming socio-economic scientific research on cooperatives and collective action in general into videos. In such a way, we make research findings accessible to a broader audience.

At the same time, we are committed to offering targeted services to help strengthen the ability of cooperatives and other social and solidarity economy organizations to communicate internally and externally and tell their own stories to the wider society. For this, we collaborate with all willing partners, public and private, to ultimately raise awareness about virtuous examples of collective action and their importance for the achievement of a sustainable human development.

A cooperative world is possible! The Aroundtheworld.coop team strongly believes in co-operative values and we play our part in spreading the knowledge all around the world and hoping to reach as many people as possible!  


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