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Italian couple is travelling around the world to tell co-operative stories

An Italian couple have set out on a year-long journey to discover inspiring co-op stories.

Researcher Sara Vicari and her husband, video editor Andrea Mancori, are documenting co-ops, collective action and sustainable development
in more than 10 countries.

The couple have set up an association – Aroundtheworld.coop – to give voice to stories of co-operatives and communities that engage in collective action and sustainable human development processes around the world. It has a team of six members.

“The idea came to us because we wanted to challenge ourselves and try to merge our interests and skills,” says Sara, who is passionate about co-operatives and their role in poverty reduction. She has been working with co-operative organisations, international institutions and academia, directly carrying out or supervising field research in several countries. As part of her research, she spent a year working with the Co-operative College in Manchester.

Her passion for travel goes hand in hand with Andrea’s love for video making. During his 15-year career, he has collaborated with TV networks such as Fox International Channel, National Geographic, SKY, RAI, and La7. One of his most rewarding jobs was editing of the National Geographic documentary The Summer of Sammy.

Co-ops do a lot but it’s a challenge to communicate this in the right way,” says Sara, adding that they felt the need to contribute to the global effort to share stories about co-operatives.

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