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Why we need to get back to thinking of co-operative and mutual enterprise as a social business

Paul Thambar, Wednesday, 16th March 2022 -  Co-operative and mutual enterprise provides a proven and comprehensive model for a social business, but it has been largely ignored by social entrepreneurs, writes Dr Paul Thambar from Monash Business School.

How Kua Coffee built a connection between farmer and consumer

Paul Thambar, Wednesday, 1st December 2021 -  “I think that often in impact organisations people are the subjects of photos rather than participants in the processes of capturing images.”

Co-ops and mutuals move into the mainstream

Paul Thambar, Tuesday, 1st June 2021 -  The Commonwealth government is improving visibility of the co-operative model

Did your insurance premium rise? Are you looking for an insurance alternative?

Paul Thambar, Thursday, 18th February 2021 -  Our Ark exists to enable community-focused organisations to join together and define their own way to protect themselves – creating a true alternative to insurance.

Co-ops and mutuals sector remains strong despite COVID crisis

Paul Thambar, Tuesday, 2nd February 2021 -  A new report says many cooperatives adopted measures to make their business more sustainable and aid society in 2020  


Predictions for 2021: Co-ops and mutuals

Paul Thambar, Tuesday, 2nd February 2021 -  Co-operative and mutual enterprises offer a way to build a more resilient, innovative and stable economy in the 21st Century, writes Melina Morrison, in the latest in our series of predictions about what the social economy can expect from 2021.  

HESTA jumps on new investment to broaden Australia’s impact investing market

Paul Thambar, Monday, 7th December 2020 -  The new fund invites retail investors to invest in social impact alongside large institutional investors 

Cooperative offers a local solution to global problems

Paul Thambar, Monday, 16th November 2020 -  Advocates believe a new community-owned platform will create a local economy that looks after people and the environment   


Co-operatives – the slow food of social enterprise?

Antony McMullen, Wednesday, 14th October 2020 -  Social enterprises hold great potential to make our world better. To realise this transformative potential, we must ensure the fullness and diversity of this sector is recognised and embraced – including co-operatives, writes Antony McMullen.


Now is our chance to build back better for regional Australia. Co-ops and mutuals can play a leading role

Paul Thambar, Monday, 17th August 2020 -  Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals CEO Melina Morrison looks at how air travel and local news could benefit from a little more cooperation and shares examples from Canada on what this could look like.
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