E.G. Nadeau discusses how cooperatives can help create a more inclusive and equitable society on Everything Co-op


Tune in to WOL 1450 AM and Tune-in Radio, on April 8, 10:30 am for Everything Co-op, hosted by Vernon Oakes. This week Vernon interviews E.G. Nadeau, author and founding director of Cooperative Development Services. Vernon and E.G. Nadeau will discuss how cooperatives can help to create a more inclusive world for generations to come, and his most recent book is Strengthening the Cooperative Community.

In 1985 Nadeau was the founding director of Cooperative Development Services, a pioneering co-op business-planning organization in the United States. During a period from 1985 to 2017, Nadeau did domestic and international co-op consulting work for the National Cooperative Business Association/CLUSA, Land O’Lakes International Development Division, the Overseas Cooperative Development Council, and other organizations. Through that time, he worked on over 50 co-op projects in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Nadeau has authored or co-authored five books and numerous articles on cooperatives and societal cooperation. He also taught more than 25 courses with cooperative themes, including as a faculty member at the International Centre for Co-operative Management at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has been the Co-Director of The Cooperative Society Project since 2015. The primary activities of this project have been the publication in 2016 of The Cooperative Society: The Next Stage of Human History, and of a second edition in 2018 (both co-authored with Luc Nadeau), and a bimonthly e-newsletter.

E.G. Nadeau graduated magna cum laude in sociology from Harvard University) and received a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been researching, developing, teaching, and writing about cooperatives and community development for more than 50 years, beginning with his work as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal in 1970.

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