Notably, the project has also been possible thanks to the partnership with the International Co-operative Alliance and its regional offices. We are very honoured of this collaboration and extremely grateful to all cooperators around the world who will be partnering with us.
We are at an historical juncture, challenged by social inequalities and exploitative systems that lead to precarious work and living conditions, and pushed by the need to change our lifestyles and the way we produce and consume. Civil society – workers, consumers, producers – can lead the way in finding new and sustainable ways of producing and consuming, leading to better quality of life on this planet.
Cooperatives are spread all around the globe: more than 1.2 billion cooperative members worldwide! With characteristics and challenges that vary from country to country, these organizations have been contributing to meeting people’s needs and aspirations, protecting the environment and building socio-economic cohesion.
We believe that cooperatives and other forms of member-based organizationsplay a crucial role in reassigning sovereignty over the use of resources to communities and building a sustainable economy for the benefit of the all humanity and our planet. Each cooperative is a unique ensemble of people and communities who have voluntarily engaged in collective actions to improve their lives, relying on their own shared visions, creativity, passion and innovative ideas. For this reason, aroundtheworld.coop is committed to meeting people from all continents, listening to their stories and learning from each unique experience.
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!
Sara Vicari is a participatory action-researcher who is passionate about cooperatives and their role in poverty reduction. She has built this knowledge working with cooperative organizations; international institutions and academia, directly carrying out or supervising field research in several countries. Since July 2019 she is post doc research fellow at the Department of Economics of Roma Tre University, Sara loves travelling, cooking, and spending time with people. She is also passionate about writing. Among her publications, there are several scientific articles as well as her first novel (in Italian) coming out soon by Doithuman publisher. In aroundtheworld.coop she is responsible for research activities and fundraising.
Andrea Mancori is a filmmaker and video-editor with fifteen years of experience, working with/for TV networks such as Fox International Channel – National Geographic, SKY, RAI, La7. One of his most rewarding professional experiences was the editing of the docufilm “The Summer of Sammy” by National Geographic. Andrea is a movie lover and passionate about travelling. In aroundtheworld.coop he is responsible for video-making activities.
Cécile Berranger is a PhD student at the Manchester Metropolitan University Business School focusing on the role of cooperatives in recreating urban places. She is evaluating and analyzing the impact of the Heritage Project in Rochdale (Manchester, UK), the birthplace of the cooperative movement. Cécile has studied Development Economics at Roma Tre University in Rome and she has worked on cooperatives and responsible investments in Uganda. She loves travelling, eating and meeting new people and cultures. She has recently launched a travel blog together with her boyfriend. She managed the planning and logistics activities during Sara and Andrea’s travel. She is now responsible for communication.
Flavio Luciani earned his degree in computer engineering from the University “Roma 3” in 2006. He has been working in the telecommunication and computer networks field for over 15 years. He also manages and gives IT support to the project for the website aroundtheworld.coop. Flavio defines himself as a “network engineer without borders”.
Federico Vicari is qualified to practice as a lawyer and has more than 12 years of experience as a legal adviser and European projects manager. He is currently living in Luxembourg where he had moved to work for the European Institutions and is now operating in the legal/financial services. An expert in activities’ organization at international level and in the management of diplomatic relations, he fully shares the vision of the project. In aroundtheworld.coop he volunteers with a mission to ensure that everything runs smoothly.
We invite you to participate as sponsor of this innovative co-operative experience. This initiative can be an opportune window for making your co-operative story and commitment at territorial level known worldwide. If you would like more information about how to become sponsor of the aroundtheworld.coop project, write to us now at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll be contacting you shortly. If you would like simply to contribute to our initiative, you can also make a donation to:
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