Everything Co-op is a Talk Show hosted by Vernon Oakes that empowers listeners to:
- Share information about the cooperative movement, including how to form, manage and maintain cooperatives.
- Share information with individuals that will empower them to either form their own cooperatives, or support cooperatives and other fair trade enterprises.
- Use the information garnered to help launch or support cooperatives, and ensure that they are no longer the best kept secret in the United States.
Cooperatives have played a critical role in providing an opportunity for people or groups to leverage a large volume of products or commodities, which ultimately reduces cost and improves quality. Although most of the guests who have appeared on the show are directly involved in the cooperative movement, people who have indirectly impacted to movement have also appeared.
Everything Co-op has a conversational format. Vernon Oakes, the host of the show, engages his guests in a manner that enables them to share “their story,” while sharing valuable information at the same time. The show covers a broad range of topics related to cooperatives, and helps the listeners gain an understanding of the cooperative principles. The purpose of this website is to share information and resources that are shared by those being interviewed in a comprehensive manner.
Since cooperatives are primarily focused on quality of services and products rather than profit, Vernon personally feels that cooperatives have the power to “help people move out of poverty with dignity.” Unfortunately, only a small number of people in the United States are aware of the cooperative business model. Therefore, he has professed his dedication to getting information about cooperatives into the hands of the people who really need to know about them.