Organised in the wake of the crisis over the future of the Co-operative Bank, the first Co-operative Ways Forward Conference was attended by over 150 people from all kinds of co-operatives, credit unions and trade unions, as well as individuals and journalists. The conference demonstrated the need for co-operators to have the opportunity to freely discuss successes, weaknesses and alternative strategies on an equal footing, in a solution focused environment. (more information)
Building upon this success, we are now delighted to announce a second conference
What do we hope to achieve?
We believe a revitalised co-operative movement is possible.
Ways Forward 2: Co-operative Renewal will provide space for honest and open debates necessary to face up to serious challenges and opportunities for co-operatives in the 21st century. The event features experienced speakers, best practice case studies, workshops, exhibition stalls, networking and open space.
The conference will concentrate discussion on several key challenges:
- Democratic, multi-channel, member engagement and control
- Sharing best practice and resources with the international co-operative movement
- Investment in new and developing co-operative businesses
- Inter-trade between co-operative businesses
- Effective strategies for social inclusion with the co-operative movement
- Living wage, and management and workforce salary differentials
Who Should Attend this conference?
Members of co-operatives, credit unions or trade unions
Tickets: £40 including VAT. There are some bursary places for volunteers under 24, and co-operators based outside the UK.
Lunch and refreshments included. A late booking fee of £10 will be charged after 8th May.
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All conference go-ers are invited to a pre-conference dinner on Thursday 16 May at 6pm. We will be dining from the regular vegetarian counter menu, at the 8th Day co-op cafe, 111 Oxford Road, M1 7DU, next to Manchester Metropolitan University Student Union.
Sponsored by: Co-operative Business Consultants (CBC), East of England Co-op, North West Housing Services and others tbc
Key note speakers will be announced shortly, and include: Peter Couchman, Plunkett Foundation, Frances Coppola, former banker turned financial writer, Vivian Woodell, The Phone Co-op tbc, Paul Gosling, independent finance columnist, Dave Boyle, Principle Six, Jo Bird, co-op business advisor and speakers from overseas co-ops.