Ways Forward 3: A New Era for Co-operative Development
Friday 23 January 2015
At FC United’s new stadium in Manchester
After many successes for the co-operative movement, the shudder of 2013/14 will go down as the co-operative annus miserabilis. The crises at the Co-operative Bank, and Group as a whole, prompted the media into a wave of attacks on the principles of democratic business management and ownership, reflected in wholesale changes at the Group and the loss of several of its businesses to co-operative ownership.
Nevertheless, in the country’s wider co-operative arena many of the gains of the last few years remain, as reflected in our conference being held in FC United’s £6 million stadium. Notable have been the successes of the community share ownership societies, the rising number of supporter-owned sports club, innovative renewable energy co-operatives and the burgeoning student co-operative movement.
2015 presents our movement with a very different environment than when we entered 2014. The aim of this conference is to help rebuild and renew the co-operative movement by:
- learning directly from co-operative success stories around the world
- moving on using the lessons of the crises attheBank and Group
- progressing a co-operative development fund and framework
Delegates will have the chance to be inspired by international speakers, tour FC United’s new stadium, contribute, influence, exhibit, network and more.
Please contact us if you would like to sponsor or contribute to assist the conference.