The current draft programme. Please note that this is subject to change.
Thursday April 4th
From 9pm we’ll head over to Sand Bar, (heads up, apparently it doesn’t take cash)
Friday April 5th
9.00 am: Registration and refreshments
9.45 am: First workshop sessions:
- Co-operative & Community-Led Housing – Kevin Wan (North West Housing Services), Sarah Hughes (red Coop), Jo Bird (Co-operative Business Consultants) and David Alcock (Anthony Collins Solicitors)
- Sociocracy & Governance – Abbie Kempson (Unicorn Grocery)
- The Challenges of the New Municipalism and Co-op Development – Gareth Nash (Preston
Co-op Development Network and Co-operative & Mutual Solutions), Cllr Martin Judd (Oldham Council and Co-operative Councils Innovation Network), Grace Brown (Centre for Local Economic Strategies)
- The New Lucas Plan & Co-operativising a Green New Deal – Ian Hewitt & Dave King (New Lucas Plan) and Ben Aylott (Carbon Co-op)
10.40 am: Morning plenary
Welcome from Jo Bird on behalf of Co-operative Business Consultants and the Ways Forward team
- Where are we now? Molly Scott-Cato will set out the challenges that society faces and lay down the gauntlet for the co-op movement to rise to those challenges. Molly is a Green Party MEP, economist and member of UK Society for Coop Studies advisory board
- Climbing back up the Value Chain: Shaun Fensom (The Digital Infrastructure Co-operative and Save Our Bank) on how the Coop Movement can build more economic power and autonomy
- New fields for co-operation: Pat Conaty (Synergia Institute, Consultancy.coop) on how collaborations beyond the co-op movement are generating community, financial and labour innovations.
12.10 pm: Refreshment break
12.25 pm: Second Workshop sessions
- Open Space – the hall will be available for extra participant-led discussions or presentations that we haven’t managed to squeeze into the programme
- Secondary co-operatives as Financial Enablers for Housing – Ai Van Kok (Student Co-op Homes) and Aneaka Kellay (Alliance of Cornerstone, Castle Rockdove and Equinox) talk about how pooling resources means small co-ops of people on low incomes can manage to afford more property and help new co-ops succeed.
- The Greater Manchester Co-operative Commission: Commissioners Shaun Fensom and Cllr Angeliki Stogia give an overview of the ambitions and progress of this wide-reaching initiative
- Union Co-ops: Solving the problems of conversion and co-ops at scale: Pat Conaty (Wales
Co-op Centre, Co-ops UK & Synergia Institute) and Cilla Ross (Co-operative College) present the concept and global examples of Union Co-ops and discuss their potential for the UK
1.20 pm: Lunch
Sheffield Co-operative Development Group host a lunchtime fringe session with Paul Bell (Unison), Cheryl Barrott (SCDG and ChangeAGEnts) and Leslie Huckfield
2.20 pm: Third Workshop Sessions
- Co-operatives as Tools of Liberation: Jo Taylor (Co-operation in Mesopotamia) hosts Sacajawea Hall (co-founder of Co-operation Jackson, Mississippi) and Huriye Semdin (general representative of Real Economy in Northern Syria for Aboriya Jin, Women’s Economy Committee) presenting and discussing their strategies and challenges via the internet.
- Financing the new economy – Graham Mitchell of Platform 6 Development Co-op on crowd-sourcing money & knowledge, Leo Sammallahti on the Co-op Exchange co-operative micro-investment app and Dil Green of Open Credit on co-ops as the backbone for a mutual credit network for the UK.
- Co-operatives Unleashed: doubling the size of the Co-op Economy – Alex Bird (Consultancy.coop and Cardiff Institute of Co-operative Studies) and David Alcock (Anthony Collins Solicitors)
- Why Co-ops Go Wrong and What we might Do about it – Bob Cannell (Co-operative Business Consultants & ex-Suma Wholefoods)
3.15 pm: Refreshment break
3.30 pm: Afternoon Plenary
Mark Simmonds (Chair, Co-op Development Forum for Co-operatives UK) gives an update on Co-operatives UK’s National Co-op Development Strategy
Martin Meteyard (Co-op Business Consultants) hosts a panel of speakers giving reflections on the day and any key proposals they’ve identified, followed by general discussion
- Jo Bird – founding member of Olive Coop and Co-operative Business Consultants
- Vivian Woodell – Vice-President, Mid-Counties Co-operative Retail Society, founding member of The Phone Co-op and of the Phone Co-op Foundation for Innovation
- Mark Simmonds – founding member of Co-op Culture and Platform 6 Development Co-operative
Retiring to the Turtle Bay Caribbean Bar further North on Oldham Street.