To the Moon documentary screening and discussion for New Economy Week

Beautiful and inspiring film tells the story of youth leaders bicycling across the country connecting co-ops for the International Year of Cooperatives

the 12-student biking team

Team Co-Cycle, 2012

Burlington, VT — When the United Nations declared 2012 the International Year of Cooperatives, youth leadership was a global priority. In the US, a team of young leaders bicycled 4,000 miles across the country, visiting over 70 co-ops on the Co-Cycle tour. Their journey is captured in the documentary, To the Moon, which will be screened in conjunction with New Economy Week and Co-op Month.

The free screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 16 at Maglianero Cafe in Burlington (47 Maple St). The cafe will be open for business with food and beverages. A discussion will follow with Eric DeLuca, who managed the US Program for the International Year of Cooperatives, which sponsored the Co-Cycle tour.

In a recent Shareable interview, Director Emma Thatcher touched on why this story is compelling: “Instead of simply saying ‘this economy doesn’t work’, Co-Cycle was more focused on how to make it better.” She continued, “We hope that our journey inspires more young people to explore different ways of living and working together.”

Event Partners: Donella Meadows Institute, Cooperative Vermont, Green Mountain Worker Co-op Alliance, Maglianero, The Karma Bird House

To see a trailer and learn more about the film:


New Economy Week—October 13-19, 2014—is a celebration of innovative spirit, an opportunity to shine a light on the thousands upon thousands of things that everyday people are doing right now to build a new kind of economy. These innovators all around us are engaged in the work of growing co-operative and independent enterprises, democratizing and stabilizing finance through credit unions, finding new ways to share skills and goods, new ways to measure success, and new ways to meet growing human needs on an all too finite planet. For more information:


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