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Two Ways to Get People to Care About the G20

The annual summit on global economic policy doesn’t have to be such a bore.

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The G20 leaders are meeting in Brisbane, Australia, this week. I know your eyes are probably already glazing over. Please keep reading! Outside of corporate boardrooms, some graduate school seminars, and really boring parties, the G20 is not a major conversation starter. It should be.

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Is This the Dawning of the Age of the Co-op? Co-operative Businesses Are Booming in Tough Times

You'd expect worker-owned businesses to be better for workers, but they're also delivering better bottom lines during the recession. Here's why.

While the global economy crawls toward a jerky recovery from the 2008 financial collapse, a subset of businesses is outshining the rest. Cooperatives—companies owned by their employees or customers—are proving surprisingly steady and sound during these dour times. That's especially good for the workers, who in this case, are also owners.

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The Sweet Story of Divine Chocolates

Divine Chocolates is taking fair trade a step further and giving cocoa farmers in West Africa ownership of the brand.

For some, the taste of chocolate is bittersweet. Seventy percent of the world’s cocoa comes from small-scale family farmers in West Africa, whose economy is critically dependent on cocoa (revenues account for more than 33 percent of Ghana’s total export earnings and 40 percent of the Ivory Coast’s total export earnings). In Ghana alone, one million farmers supply cocoa to the international market.

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