Full programme announced – Ways Forward 3


(Programme may be subject to change – more details will be announced here)

  • 9am Registration opens. Refreshments : Networking : Exhibition stalls
  • 10.30am Opening Plenary: A New Era for Co-operative Development

Keynote speakers: Jo Bird, Co-operative Business Consultants; Roberto Cardinale, Generazioni, youth wing of Legacoop; Klaus Neiderlander, Co-operatives Europe; Mike Shaw, Students for Co-operation.

Questions, contributions and debate with conference participants. Facilitated by Martin Meteyard, Co-operative Business Consultants.

  • 11.00am Workshops

Workshop 1. Co-operative development overseas. Speakers: Iain Macdonald, former ICA Director General; Loomio, New Zealand.

Workshop 2. Is there a route to democracy for the Co-operative Group? Sarah Wakefield and Shaun Fensom, Springboard. Facilated by Andrew Bibby.

  • 11.45am Refreshments and networking break
  • 12.00pm Workshops 3-4

Workshop 3. Study tour of FC United’s new stadium. Door to door co-op minibus and driver provided by Hayfield Sustainable Transport. Study tour led by Andy Walsh, FC’s General Manager. Souvenir shop open.

Workshop 4. Co-operative development UK. Speakers: Sion Whellens, worker co-operative solidarity fund, UK; Alex Bird, Development Co-operative, GB.

  • 12.45pm Lunch Networking and Exhibition stalls
  • 1.45pm Workshops 5-6

Workshop 5: Co-operators: The New Generation. Speakers: Nathan Ellis Scott, FCUM 1830; Mike Shaw, Students for Co-operation; Constance Lesne, AltGen. Facilitated by Phil Frampton.

Workshop 6. Health and Social Care Co-ops. Speakers: Vanessa Hammond, Health Care Co-operatives of Canada;

  • 2.30pm Break
  • 2.45pm Workshops 7-8

Workshop 7. Supporting Co-operative Development in Ireland. Speakers: Jo Bird, Co-operative Alternatives;. Facilitated by Peter Couchman.

Workshop 8. Co-operative Housing. Speakers: Laura Barluzzi and Mike Shaw, Edinburgh Student Housing Co-op; Syed Maqsood, North West Housing Services; North American Student Co-ops Organisation (NASCO)  Facilitated by Kevin Wan.

  • 3.30pm Closing plenary: Key note speakers: Vanessa Hammond, Health Care Co-operatives of Canada; David Thompson, Twin Pines Foundation, USA; Peter Couchman, Plunkett Foundation

Questions, contributions and debate with conference participants. Conference reflections from young co-operators. Facilitated by Phil Frampton.

  • 4.30pm Close

All conference goers are invited to a pre-conference dinner on Thursday 22 January at 6.30pm. 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.

Ways Forward 3: A New Era for Co-operative Development is sponsored by: Co-operative Business Consultants (CBC), North West Housing Services, Unity Trust Bank, MidCounties Co-operative Society, The Phone Co-op and the Plunkett Foundation.

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