Three reasons to register for Imagine 2012

The Imagine 2012 conference is designed to bring together the leadership of the world's major co-operatives and leading economic thinkers from around the world. Imagine 2012 will provide...

The Imagine 2012 conference is designed to bring together the leadership of the world’s major co-operatives and leading economic thinkers from around the world. Imagine 2012 will provide a forum in which co-operative leaders and world-class economists can explore a new approach to economic analysis and thought that offers people around the world renewed hope for an economy that meets people’s needs.

1. Use tools that work

To build a better world we need better tools. The Imagine 2012 Conference on Co-operative Economics will provide co-operative leaders with ideas and tools to build a better world based on a better economy.

Also internationally renowned proponents of a “new economy” will explore the relationships of their specialities to a cohesive body of “cooperative economics” which could be utilized internationally.

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2. Meet your guides

At Imagine 2012 meet professors emeritus and speakers with extensive knowledge in this area to provide much needed insight.

They include:

  • Avner Ben-Ner, University of Minnesota (United States)
  • Bernard Brun, Desjardins Group (Canada)
  • Ronald Colman, GPI Atlantic (Canada)
  • David Erdal (United Kingdom)
  • John Fullerton, Capital Institute (United States)
  • Neva Goodwin, Tufts University (United States)
  • Denise Guy, Canadian Co-operative Association (Canada)
  • Thomas Homer-Dixon, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo (Canada)
  • Manfred Max-Neef (United States)
  • William Rees, School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP), University of British Columbia (Canada)
  • Claudia Sanchez Bajo (Belgium)
  • Stephen C. Smith, George Washington University (United States)
  • Peter A. Victor, Birmingham University (United Kingdom) and University of British Columbia (Canada)
  • Richard G. Wilkinson, Nottingham University (United Kingdom)
  • Stefano Zamagni, University of Bologna (Italy)
  • Vera Negri Zamagni, University of Bologna (Italy)

3. Find answers to your questions

Questions Imagine 2012 will address:

  • Do our co-operatives and credit unions need a better economic analysis for these turbulent times?
  • How can we survive the market slumps?
  • What do our members need in faltering global economy?
  • What do our children and grandchildren need co-operatives to do?
  • What is unique about co-operatives that equip them to build a better economy and a better world?
  • Does it bother you have your co-operative described as “inefficient design”?
  • Do you roll you eyes when the global economy is described as fundamentally sound when 6 million children are permanently disabled or die from malnutrition each year?
  • Do co-operative seem more stable and sensible to you but you are not sure about the economic reason?
  • What would global co-operation look like?
  • How would a co-operative economy differ from an investor driven economy?
  • Would GNP be our main preoccupation in shaping economic and social policy?
  • What would the rules of co-operative trade be?
  • Would we think about and treat intellectual property differently?

The list of questions is long. Ambitious it is, but what we are talking about is the need for a new approach to economics – a Co-operative Economics.

If the answers to any of these questions are important to the future of your co-operative send key employees and colleagues to Imagine 2012.

Come and learn about the new economic thinking emerging around the world and how it fits with co-operatives. Come to Imagine 2012.

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