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May 2017

Worker Co-op Weekend

May 5 - July 7
Foundry Adventure Centre, The Old Playhouse
Great Hucklow, Derbyshire SK17 8RF United Kingdom
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The Worker Co-op Weekend, hosted by Co-operatives UK , is aimed at worker co-operatives to help them learn, share and be inspired by one another. The programme is made up of practical sessions designed and run by worker co-ops and covers a range of topics. Bring your tent or book early for a limited dormitory or private room for a weekend of co-op food and drink, vegan-friendly catering, camping and campfires.

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June 2017

2017 Committee of Co-operative Research – International Research Conference

June 20 - June 24
University of Stirling, Stirling , FK9 4LA + Google Map

The International Co-operative Alliance Committee on Co-operative Research global research conference will take place in Stirling, Scotland from June 20th to June 23rd 2017. The conference theme is to explore the role and potential of co-operatives as inclusive, collaborative and responsible businesses. The goal is to consider these issues in theory, policy and practice - connecting the contribution that theory can make to better co-operative practice, and that co-operative practice can make to better theory.

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Building a Co-operative Country

June 23 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Principality Stadium, Westgate Street
Cardiff, CF10 1NS United Kingdom
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Oone day event to explore how we can build a culture that embeds co-operative and mutual principles and collaborative approaches in Welsh life, with members and directors, activists and CEOs from co-operatives large and small. Speakers include Derek Walker, Wales Co-operative Centre; Adrian Roper, Cartrefi Cymru; Sophie Howe, future generations commissioner; and housing and social justice consultant Keith Edwards.

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Co-operatives Fortnight Lecture 2017

June 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Birmingham Friends of the Earth Meeting Room, The Warehouse, 54-57 Allison St
Birmingham, B5 5TH United Kingdom
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The UK Society for Co-operative Studies presents a lecture by Professor Stephen Yeo, “George Jacob Holyoake (1817-1906): A useable figure from a useable past”. Prof Yeo was Principal of Ruskin College, Oxford, 1989-97 and since then has been Chair of the Co-operative College and the Co-operative Heritage Trust in Manchester and Rochdale, engaging with and writing about the movement.

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Co-operative Party – Local Government Conference

June 24
IET Birmingham – Austin Court, 80 Cambridge Street
Birmingham, B12 2NP United Kingdom
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A look at the work of co-operators in local and metro government, including in housing and education. The event will launch a short publication on community wealth – otherwise known as the Preston or Cleveland Model. Speakers include Cllr Sue Jeffrey, leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council, Jim McMahon MP, John Healey MP, Dr Cilla Ross from the Co-operative College, Cllr Sharon Taylor, leader of Stevenage Borough Council, and Cllr Peter Rankin, leader of Preston City Council. £10 including coffee, tea

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Housing Crisis: Community solutions 2017

June 24 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Brighton Steiner School, Roedean Rd
Brighton, Brighton BN2 5RA United Kingdom
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Housing Crisis: Community solutions 2017 is an opportunity to find out about – and get help to create – housing co-operatives and co-housing. There will also be a session on how people or groups can access money and support to help build new community-led housing in Brighton & Hove, in response to the housing crisis there which has seen a rise in property prices and number of people renting privately. You will need to book in advance if you would

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Co-operatives East Midlands AGM

June 28 @ 10:45 am - 5:00 pm
Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University
Sheffield, S1 2BG United Kingdom
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Followed by the launch of the FairShares Institute for Co-operative Social Entrepreneurship, a three-year transnational Erasmus project, developing Fairshares enterprises in the UK, Hungary, Germany, Netherlands and Croatia; a networking lunch; and programme to 5 pm. Co-operatives East Midlands is able to offer some free places to the launch on a first come first served basis. Booking and details: Jenny de Villiers, acting secretary. jdevilliers@btinternet.com

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Co-operative Congress

June 30 - July 1
Unity Works, Wakefield, Westgate
Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 1EP United Kingdom
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The co-operative sector’s annual conference looks at the gig economy and collaborative trends. Keynote speakers include John Park (Community), Andy Wrightman (Green Party MSP) and Sarah de Heusch Ribassin (SMart). There will be panel discussions on reimagining the economy, a look at reimagining work; and practical workshops on reimagining technology, social care, and local communities. Once again, the event will run Co-operative Pitches – a Dragon's Den-style competition for co-operative entrepreneurs, and co-op advice surgeries. Ticket packages: Congress full (Friday and Saturday)

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International Day of Co-operatives Celebration – Cardiff

June 30 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cartrefi Cymru Co-operative Head Office, Unit 5 & 6 Coopers Yard, Curran Road
Cardiff , CF10 5NB United Kingdom
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In collaboration with Co-ops and Mutuals Wales, the Social Co-operation Forum is hosting a visit to Wales for Mr Koichi Sato and Ms Yukiko Yamazaki from the Japanese Consumer Co-operative Institute. Cco-operators are invited to attend a lunch which will be followed by an informal discussion with their Japanese guests on 'Meaningful participation in Co-operatives’. C&MW will be posting a short paper by Koichi and Yukiko, seven days before the event.  

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Co-op News AGM and Big Debate

June 30 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Unity Works, Wakefield, Westgate
Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 1EP United Kingdom
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Annual meeting of the Co-operative Press, followed by the Big Debate at 2.30pm. In the face of austerity and funding cuts, communities are needing to be more self-reliant. From social care to other traditional public services, co-ops are helping to fill the gap. But,what role do co-ops play in this? Are they helping communities or is the co-operative model providing people with the tools to be self-reliant? The Big Debate will ask these questions and more by looking at best

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