Two Centuries of Co-operation on Prince Edward Island
by Marian Bruce and Elizabeth Cran
Non-Fiction, 280 Pages with b/w photos, soft cover
Throughout the years, everywhere in the world, people have adopted co-operative models as an effective way to do business. Working together is a tangible expression of a philosophy that gives ordinary people control over their lives.
Prince Edward Islanders have long been engaged in co-operation, consistently putting their own stamp on co-operative ideas they saw elsewhere, and shaping them to fit their own distinct needs. Where no models existed, Islanders created their own: institutions such as farmers’ banks and fishermen’s unions, which in turn inspired others.
Working Together tells the story of the co-op movement in Prince Edward Island from its beginnings in the 19th century to its prospects for the 21st. Based on exhaustive research and dozens of oral interviews, and written in a journalistic style, it bursts with portraits of individuals and communities working together to create better conditions in challenging times. The book highlights a part of PEI’s history that has shaped its working landscape, and which continues to offer relevant lessons on how it might shape its future.
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