The idea and practice of organizing shared interests in cooperatives is now included in the list of Intangible Heritage. The list describes cooperatives as entities that “allow for community building through shared interests and values, creating innovative solutions to social problems, from employment generation and assistance to the elderly to urban revitalization and renewable energy projects.”
According to the candidacy submitted by Germany to UNESCO, a cooperative “provides economic, social or cultural services to its members to improve their living conditions, solving common problems and promoting positive changes. Cooperatives allow creating communities thanks common interests and values, in order to innovate solutions to diverse problems of society. They create jobs and help people build projects. ”
Earlier this year, the founder of the cooperative movement, Robert Owen, correspondence collection, was added to the UNESCO Memory of the World.
The Memory of the World program was established on the premise that the world’s documentary heritage belongs to all and should be preserved and be permanently accessible to everyone.