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One Country, Many Communities

Last year, the Pew Research Center reported that most Americans are feeling that the political discourse has become less respectful, less fact-based and less substantive. The ongoing presidential election brings these feelings front and center and, as it … More »

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Fellow ROC Leaders: Thanks for your help!

On Jan. 1, 2020, I started my first three-year term as the Central Region Director of the ROC Association. Quickly, COVID-19 changed the format of how we meet, providing an early challenge and an educational opportunity. Despite the … More »

Credit Human offers 95% financing on post-1976 homes

Credit Human, a federal credit union, has expanded programs and continues lowering rates, as recently as last week. The credit union, a regular vendor at ROC Leadership Institute, offers a 5-percent-down option for single- and multi-section homes built … More »

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Truly inspiring leadership from our friend Howard Brodsky

Howard Brodsky, the recent recipient of Business New Hampshire’s Business Person of the Decade Award, said, “It should be about we and not me.” I could not be happier that this outstanding cooperative leader is considered the best in … More »

Photo of the sign at Medvil - text reads: "Medvil Cooperative, Donald Drive Entrance - a resident owned community"

‘Business as Usual’ – Even during a Pandemic

By Kim Capen, New England Region Director  In a community as socially active as our Medvil Cooperative, Covid-19 has changed our way of interacting. Our club houses are closed to groups larger than 10 people and the mail … More »

A time of transition, and new beginnings

It’s a Friday morning in June, and the ROC-NH team has worked from home for three months now. I miss my ROC teammates, and the way we organically problem-solve in the hallway, discussing the latest question posed by … More »

Are We OK?

On Saturday, my family joined a protest to show we stand in solidarity with those speaking out against police brutality and in pursuit of racial justice in America. The very public killing of George Floyd by those sworn … More »

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COVID-19 tragedy in Maine and #BetterTogetherFund

The global pandemic has been difficult for us all.  Living and working in cooperative communities lends itself to the mutual aid and networks of support that are needed during challenging times. One of CDI’s Resident Owned Communities (ROCs) … More »

Paul Bradley working at the NH Community Loan Fund in 1993.

Preparation Matters

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail,” said Benjamin Franklin, who was, among many other things, a founder of the United States’ first recognized cooperative business – a mutual fire insurance company in Philadelphia – in … More »

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Balance Really Matters

In just a matter of weeks, the widespread nature of the threats and impacts of this crisis have become both very personal – a matter of basic safety and security – and global. The impacts run deep for … More »