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The CU Water Cooler is here to help credit union pros see the most important banking, social media, marketing, technology and people stories without having to scour the web every day. We tag daily links, write weekly articles and host an annual symposium. We also showcase the latest posts from top industry blogs.

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5th Annual Symposium

September 11-12, 2014
Austin, Texas

Join 150 people that care deeply about the future of credit unions for two days of fresh speakers, awesome topics and thought-provoking conversations. This year, the event will be held in Austin, Texas at the renowned Alama Drafthouse Rtiz Cinema. Grab your super earlybird tickets today.

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Weekly Discussions

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Weekly Discussions
Five Favorite Life Hacks

Last week on Reddit, someone asked the question, “What are some life hacks that give you an advantage in different situations?” That question elicited almost 12,000 comments. I took a few of my favorites, plus some of my own, and this morning I present them to you.

Taco Kid Was Poetry In Motion

When I began writing for the CU Water Cooler I never envisioned the day when I would find inspiration in a visit to fast food establishment known for delicious tacos and a talking chihuahua but alas, that day is upon us. In my office we take turns picking up lunch. During this process I have grown to loathe going to certain establishments because of the inconvenience of location, picky orders, employees conspiring against me by leaving out part of my order or the multitude of condiments I requested, or even the lack of drink carriers which makes balancing two Diet Cokes, a Coke, a Dr. Pepper, and a Sweet Tea (yes I live in Georgia) a little bit of a pain.

Vancity’s Three Year Plan to Accelerate Impact

Everyone who knows me knows how much I love working at Vancity. The authentic desire to improve the lives of our members and the people in their communities through the tools of co-operative finance is staggeringly impressive, and keeps me coming back as a totally engaged employee day after day, year after year. And this year Vancity is taking a big step in transparency and authenticity by releasing our Three Year Plan to the public.

Meet the Editors

Who are these mysterious CU Water Cooler editors you ask? Credit union employees and consultants who have been around the credit union blog-o-sphere since before Twitter! There are no secret handshakes or tattoos, just a shared passion for credit unions, the Internet, fintech and marketing.