One of the huge conclusions from the Co-op Group debacle of 2013/14 was our movement’s need to embrace internationalism and best practice experiences of co-ops around the world. The Manchester conference now brings together a brilliant line up of international speakers, including: Vanessa Hammond, Health Care Co-operatives of Canada; Roberto Cardinale, Legacoop plus David Thompson, Twin Pines Foundation, USA and Iain Macdonald, former ICA Director General.
Youth Help to Inspire the “Co-operative Spring”
Amongst the conference’s fine speakers’ line up of international and leading national co-operators, we now have a group of young co-operators. A recent conference in Edinburgh attracted over 100 young co-operators from across the UK – a sign that young people are taking to the co-operative anti-capitalist alternative. The creation of student housing and food co-operatives and FC United’s burgeoning 1830 branch for its young adult owners are just some of the buds shooting up to reflect that we may be in the spring of a new era of co-operative development.
The Ways Forward 3 conference, on 23 January, aims to highlight this “co-operative spring” by bringing together young co-operators not only to discuss how they can advance their co-operatives but also how the movement as a whole can bring together the energy and innovative spirit of the country’s youth.
Free Conference Afternoon Youth Workshop, thanks to our generous conference sponsors. Hear:
Speaker from Generazioni, Italy’s Young Co-ops organisation,
Mike Shaw, Students for Co-operation,
Plus 1830 FC United supporters branch and Manchester Students Food Co-op
Central Hall, Oldham St, Manchester is the previous venue of our Ways Forward conferences, in the City Centre. Delegates attending the conference will be offered the opportunity of a FC United stadium site visit to view this new beacon of co-operative achievement.
Book yours and your colleagues’ places now at www.co-opdevelopment.eventbrite.co.uk/