Ramsey Margolis is the Executive Director of New Zealand Cooperatives Association. The letter is written to me and through me to the cooperators of India. We are sure it’s a good opportunity to learn and share the cooperative values. Excerpts
Each year, the New Zealand Cooperatives Association runs an education seminar in Wellington for directors and executives of member cooperatives and mutuals. Last year fifty people from New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Thailand were involved over the two days, it was a tremendous success.
This year’s seminar will be on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 September. Would you or any of your colleagues from India be interested in attending? As an educational experience it would be formidable, and as a co-op networking event, these seminars are second to none — I’ve no doubt that Indian cooperators would make useful and worthwhile contacts there.
The theme is ‘Why A Co-op?’ and we will be looking at what it takes to run a successful member-owned business. For the first time, we will have a keynote speaker: Paul Hazen from Washington DC.
Paul was until recently the CEO and President of the National Cooperative Business Association, and I don’t doubt that from his 25 years experience with that organisation will have much to offer on the success of US cooperatives. (Incidentally, there are 29,000 cooperatives in the USA, and the 100 largest had a 2010 revenue of US $194 billion.) We really are fortunate to be able to bring Paul to New Zealand and I strongly encourage you to ensure you have a presence there.
There’s a web page for this event at http://nz.coop/education-seminar-why-a-co-op/. By the end of the week, it will be possible to go to that page and register online for the seminar.
Due to space limitations we are restricted to forty people this year and I’ve every reason to believe we will get that number, so I advise you to decide sooner rather than later.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.