Bringing together co-operators from the UK and all over the world, Co-operative Congress 2012 is the UK co-operative sector premier event aimed at exploring the future of the co-operative movement. The Congress takes place on Thursday, 1 November and is one of the main sessions of Co-operatives United.
In the light of the International Year of Co-operatives, Co-operative Congress will be focused on “Growing the Co-operative Economy”, featuring various presentations and discussions on the topic.
Ed Mayo, Secretary-General of Co-operatives UK, will launch the debate with a keynote address, opening the morning session (10:00-12:00), themed “A Case for Change”. Industry experts and leaders of the co-operative sector will share ideas on the potential for a co-operative economy as a viable alternative, promoting action for change.
In the afternoon session (14:00-16:00), entitled “How to grow a co-operative economy”, experts will share international best practices, launching on a debate on the co-operative economy, with discussion and Q&A.
Speakers include Monique F. Leroux, President and CEO, Desjardins Group, giving live examples of how to effectively run co-operatives. Zhang Wangshu, director in the International Co-operation department of All China Federation of Supply and Marketing Co-operatives and Mikel Lezamiz, Director of Co-operative Dissemination for the Mondragon Co-operative Corporation also feature as presenters in this session.
Co-operative Congress 2012 will be facilitated by Stephanie McGovern of the BBC, who will also join Peter Marks in the closing plenary. Interpretation facilities will be provided.
Co-operative Congress takes place at Exchange Auditorium and registration starts at 9:30.