Wednesday is the penultimate day of one of the biggest Co-operative events of the year.
Last night saw the launch of the new ICA book: Building a Better World, which tells the tales of 100 co-operatives from all over the world.
Today co-operators will get the chance to attend forums on agriculture, workers and producers, public services, consumers, financial and insurance. These start at 10:45am and will look at possible winning strategies for each of the sectors.
At 1.30pm co-operators will hear the results of ‘Achieving the full potential of co-operative organizations – strengths, challenges and best practices’ by Éric Lamarre, Associate Director, McKinsey & Company, Canada.
This will be followed by the practitioner reactions chaired by Liza Bailey, President, National Cooperative Business Association.
After a coffee break – further forums will be taking place on ‘Evolution of management models: A changing business model – Winning practices that will ensure co-operative development. How can cooperatives remain agile and innovative?’
These workshops will be on governance and democratic decision process, innovation to meet members’ needs, attracting and retaining talent through co-operative values, alliances between co-operatives, and integrating co-operative values into management practices.
There will also be two special forums on: North/South Interco-operation and the reality of future leaders in the co-operative world – their participation, their actions and their commitment at 3.30pm.
All forums will look at relevant case studies, experiences and expert opinions.
At 5.15pm Jacques Attali, Economist and Writer, President, Planet Finance, France will deliver a speech.
Finally, at 6pm Dr. Patricia Bradshaw, Dean, Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary's University, Canada will discuss ‘Towards the declaration of the 2012 International Summit of Cooperatives’.