We want an organization with more members, but at the same time closer to the needs of each community.
We want an autonomous organization, but with stronger links with international organizations. We want a cooperative movement that is concerned about having a real impact in terms of production, work, services to the community (consumption, credit, social services, housing, education, among others), innovation, while taking concrete commitments to respond to economic concentration or the degradation of our environment. And the keys to achieving this are in the work of each of the cooperatives we represent - with pride I preside the Electric Cooperative of my city - in building strong national, regional and sectoral organizations that are the real protagonists of an International Cooperative Alliance that is close to the needs of each cooperative.
Coronel Pringles Coop
(President) “I come from Coronel Pringles, a small Argentine town, basically rural, where cooperation has been the key to meet our families’ needs. I was literally raised inside a cooperative; my mother has worked in the Electric Cooperative of my town for 50 years, reason why I first went to the cooperative inside her womb and I eventually was raised there, sharing multiple experiences with workers and members and learning from an early age the cooperative principles and values that from that period onwards have been guiding my life.”
(President) “Our challenge and commitment must be aimed at making each cooperative a real driver of local development, from the democratic participation and social commitment of each of its leaders. That is why I invite you to feel militants of a process of social transformation, to feel happy and blessed to be leading actors in building a fairer, more equitable, more inclusive society. “
(President) “To be able to be protagonists in Argentina, we have had to significantly strengthen our organizations in two main aspects: increase the number and sectoral diversity of its membership, and bring the apex organization closer to the cooperatives’ needs in every community. That is what allowed for the Cooperative Confederation of the Argentine Republic to have 72 associated federations to date, the biggest number in all its history, while building up a working agenda attempting to meet the needs of more employment, more production and more development that the cooperative movement has been felt across the country.”
International Co-operative Alliance
(Board member) “The International Co-operative Alliance should coordinate development initiatives as a direct agent of concrete projects, but only those of global relevance; the Alliance should not be seen as an NGO but as a global representative organization, with a complex matrix, that works as a forum for debate, exchanges and development for the co-operative movement.”
(Vicepresident) “We have to establish and build ourselves into a political, economic, social and cultural subject that, together with other sectors of humanity, build a world for all and not for a few. Integrating our organizations at the continental level is a fundamental task to consolidate this subject. It is about forming an Alliance that strengthens the Region in and out of our movement.”
International Co-operative Alliance
(President) “As I have done since my beginnings in the cooperative movement, I will work with commitment and strength. Understanding that all leadership is a collective construction, and that it must therefore be managed collectively. I am absolutely convinced that the inspiring force of cooperative principles and values is the basis for achieving our goals.”