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This Week in the News – January 17th, 2022

Here are the top stories for the week of January 17th, 2022.

Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On (Austria)

Based on six milestones of self-organized and self-managed housing projects in Austria, this 76-minute documentary explores a variety of topics related to cooperative planning processes from 1975 to the present. Through interviews with participants and residents of these individual housing projects, the film not only examines their social and economic demands, and sociopolitical significance, but also provides insight into the small and large daily conflicts, discussions, and benefits that life in a collective involves. Click here to learn more. Click here for more information.

The Centre of Expertise for Cooperative Entrepreneurship (KCO – Kenniscentrum voor Coöperatief Ondernemen) (Belgium)

Did you know that The Centre of Expertise for Cooperative Entrepreneurship is a research and teaching center of the Faculty of Economics and Business at KU Leuven in Belgium? It aims to set cooperatives, as a value-laden organizational model striving for economic democracy, on the research map and in education. Click here to learn more.



CCH Co-operative 2021 Housing Award Winners (United Kingdom)

CCH, the Confederation of Co-operative Housing, the umbrella body for housing co-operatives in the UK, recently announced the winners of the CCH 2021 Annual Awards. The winners of the Breakthrough Housing Co-operative of the Year award goes to Plum Tree Housing Co-operative in London, UK. The co-operative was born out of necessity but also out of a sense of unity in facing housing adversities. The residents already lived together for some years as property guardians. When the property guardian company went into liquidation they collectively decided to take matters into their own hands. After the appalling experience of poor management and lack of maintenance, they were sure they could do a better job looking after the building and creating a safe environment for its all residents. Congrats! Click here to learn more. 

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