Happy Thursday, cooperators! Before we get to this week's links, a quick heads up that this will be the last week of my rotation as weekly links curator. Following me starting next week is Adam Schwartz of the Cooperative Way, and I'm excited to see what links he chooses to share for his rotation!
For this weeks links, we have a interesting mix. First off, a look at how the financial cooperatives have been faring in the context of the territorial debt crisis in Puerto Rico, and how their possible over-exposure to that debt might've been forced on them by their regulator. Second, coming out of the #platformcoop movement, a plan is coming together for "Co-op DiscoTech" events to be organized around the world aimed at bridging the gap between the co-op and tech worlds. Check the description, and, if it seems of interest, consider attending or organizing one in your community! Third, we have a great example of Principle 6 in action: producer co-op Organic Valley is making $1 million available for loans to co-ops through the Shared Capital Cooperative. Finally, we conclude with an analysis of the state of democracy in rural electric co-ops. Enjoy!