Ways Forward 5


Roads to a Democratic Co-operative Economy      Chair: Jo Bird

Speakers: Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell MP, Frances Coppola (finance journalist), Ieva Padagaité (Blake House)

Pioneering Co-ops – New Frontiers   Chair: Martin Meteyard

Speakers: Vivian Woodell CEO (The Phone Co-op)-invited, Cilla Ross The Co-op College), Ed Mayo (Secretary General,Co-ops UK), Christine Berry (New Economics Foundation)



 Hierarchies and Salary Differentials.Enemies Co-operation?  Chair: TBC

Speakers: Bob Cannell, Jenny Carlyle (SUMA)

Co-op and Community Finance for Co-op Development   Chair: Nick Money

Speakers: Cliff Mills (Anthony Mills), Syed Maqsood (CEO North West Housing Services) Christine Berry (New Economics Foundation)

Co-ops and Brexit     Chair: TBC

Speakers: Molly Scott Cato, Green Party MEP

The Co-op Group: Where Next for Democratic Member Control?     Chair: TBC

Speakers: Iain Macdonald (former Director General ICA) Nick Crofts (President, National Members’ Council, The Co-op)

Local Assistance for Co-ops      Chair: Kevin Wan

Speakers: Councillor Matthew Brown (Preston), Debbie Clarke (Unicorn Grocery)

The Co-operative Disadvantage    Chair: TBC

Speaker: Andrew Bibby (finance journalist)

A Co-operative Blueprint for Older People’s Social Care     Chair: Mervyn Eastman

Speakers: Cheryl Barrott (Vice Chair, Co-op Party),  Dr Paul Redgrave (Leeds Co-op Housing)

The Rise of Platform Co-ops           Chair: TBC

Speakers: Josef Davies Coates (The Open Co-op), Lynne Davis (Open Food Network)

Co-ops Rebuilding War Torn Rojava           Chair: Cath Muller

Speakers: Ercan Ayboga, Jo Magpie

Green Shoot Co-ops & Edinburgh Student Housing Co-op       Chair: Mike Shaw

Speakers: Mike Shaw Edinburgh Student Housing Co-op, Kati Venho

This conference will discuss and debate co-operative and radical alternatives to austerity and capitalism and help us shape our vision of a prosperous caring society based on a Democratic Economy.

The new Labour leadership says that nationalisation of some services will be accompanied by co-operative democratic principles in a new People’s Economy. How can this be made to work? The challenge is ours and the time is now!

This conference will bring together experts and activists united in a single desire – to thrash out how a People’s Economy can be shaped to benefit everyone.

Who Should Attend:
The conference has been organised by Co-operative Business Consultants (CBC) in response to widespread enthusiasm amongst co-operative and labour movement activists for shaping new progressive policies to create a society in which all can prosper. It is open to all those seeking to create a prosperous caring society.

Tickets £45.00 (lunch and refreshments included)

*Late Booking Fee (chargeable after January 12th: £15.00