Action plan to grow the UK’s co-operative economy

Co-operative Futures is set to start the International Year of Co-operatives with a plan to grow the co-operative economy to 20 per cent of UK GDP by 2100.

Co-operative Futures is set to start the International Year of Co-operatives with a plan to grow the co-operative economy to 20 per cent of UK GDP by 2100.

At its Future Co-operatives conference in January, the co-operative business development consultancy will be asking co-operators to write the action plan to make this happen.

By the end of the event, which takes place in Swindon (January 27th–29th), it expects to have a guide based around the points of action discussed at last year's conference, which discuss how to develop co-operation through education and financial solutions.

The 'From 2 to 20' actions being advocated are:

Action 1:  Set specific, measurable, achievable, realistic & time-bound (S.M.A.R.T) goals

  • Co-operative promotion: flying the co-operative flag (brand building, education)
     
  • Co-operative growth: growing the co-operative economy (building more, bigger & better co-operative businesses)

Action 2: Make real and equitable investment in co-operative principles 5, 6 & 7 – education, co-operation among co-operatives and concern for community

Action 3: Support Co-operatives UK as the UK guardian and lead promoter of the co‑operative statement of the co‑operative statement of identity

Action 4: Support the development of high quality co‑operative education.

Action 5: Co-operative businesses take responsibility for leading the growth of the co‑operative economy in the growth of the co‑operative economy in the UK

Action 6: Develop co-operative finance solutions to deliver co-operative growth

The event will also showcase an advance preview of Four Horsemen, with Ross Ashcroft (writer/director) and Megan Ashcroft (Producer) participating in a Q&A session with delegates.

Jim Pettipher, Deputy Executive Director of Co-operative Futures, said: "The co-operative business model offers a time served and trusted solution to many of the problems that Four Horsemen highlights, such as rogue market driven casino capitalism and Ross & Megan are sufficiently intrigued to have volunteered to stay and take part in Saturday's workshops.

"Four Horsemen is extraordinary, compelling, infuriating, but mostly breathtaking, because it should be unbelievable and yet you know that it’s all too true. It is the Emperor’s new clothes write large for speculative capitalism and absolutely makes the case why Future Co-operatives 2012 and the development of the 'From 2 to 20' plan for the co-operative economy is so vital, right here and right now."

• For more information on the event, and to book your place, visit: www.futures.coop/fc2012

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