The Canadian Association for Studies in Cooperation (CASC), along with The Association of Cooperative Educators (ACE)Cooperatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC) and The Cooperative Foundation are challenging co-operatives and co-operative educators to be creative and share the ways in which we educate and fulfill the fifth co-operative principle.

The fifth principle asks that co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development and future of their co-operatives. Co-operatives are also meant to inform and educate the general public – particularly young people and opinion leaders – about the nature and benefits of co-operation.

There is a long history of co-operative filmmaking, which has been a very effective method of co-operative education over the years. In this challenge, there are two categories that will be judged; less than 3 minutes, and from 3 to 10 minutes in length. The winning video in each category will receive a cash prize of $1000 US. The contest is open to all co-operatives and co-operative organizations in North America and prizes will be awarded June 1 to 3, 2016 in Calgary during the joint CASC – ACE Conference.

The entries can be documentary, docu-drama, animation, musical, or multi-genre, but the focus is on co-operative educators and videographers who can step up and make videos about co-op education!

Video submissions will be judged on co-operative content and spirit, innovation, artistic value and technical achievement. Submissions must be completed between Jan 1, 2016 and May 1, 2016.

Please visit the video challenge web platform for more information