Announcing a New Book | Sharing My Life: Building the Co-operative Movement by Harold Chapman
The Centre for the Study of Co-operatives is pleased to announce the co-publication, with well-known co-op leader and developer Harold Chapman, of Sharing My Life: Building the Co-operative Movement, Harold’s memoirs.
There is nothing more evocative than the first-person voice in the telling of history’s stories. Harold Chapman’s memoirs about the progressive legacy of co-operatives in Saskatchewan lend the subject an air of authority. His accounts of the people who dedicated their lives to the development of co-operatives in the province makes this history personal, helping the reader to feel connected to the principles and practice of co-operation. The biggest lesson Chapman teaches us is the importance of education in achieving and maintaining co- operatives. This is especially true for agricultural co-operatives, as farmers have to learn to surrender at least some of their individualism in order to reap the rewards of economic enterprise through co-operation.
Joan Champ, Executive Director Western Development Museum
Today’s young activists and change-makers, fighting to reclaim their histories in an age of mass amnesia, will find a powerful ally in these pages, which show how we’ve built a co-operative commonwealth in the past, and how we can do so again.
Dave Oswald Mitchell, editor
The book will be available at several book stores or you can place an order directly from the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives.