Gain cooperative leadership skills & tools in the online Level I: Facilitative Leadership Skills training. Online Training | 10 Sessions | Cohort Community Increase your facilitative
Gain cooperative leadership skills & tools in the online Level I: Facilitative Leadership Skills training.
Online Training | 10 Sessions | Cohort Community
Increase your facilitative leadership capacity in this training by:
- Tapping into tools, skills, & confidence to facilitate in the midst of uncertainty (hint: your team has the needed answers)
- Gaining effective AND collaborative decision-making processes (including figuring out who makes which decisions in your collaboration)
- Strengthening alignment & accountability while reducing burnout through collaborative project management tools
- Building community & hashing out the real world complexities in meaningful democratic management
Application deadline EXTENDED — applications are now due on Wednesday, September 15th, 2021! >> Apply Here!
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October 4 (Monday) - November 13 (Saturday) CST
An Anti Racism Program Presented by LaDonna Sanders Redmond https://columinate.coop/events/abolitionists/ The Abolitionists Challenge, presented by LaDonna Sanders Redmond, is a movement for anyone who identifies as
An Anti Racism Program Presented by LaDonna Sanders Redmond
The Abolitionists Challenge, presented by LaDonna Sanders Redmond, is a movement for anyone who identifies as a cooperator and is interested in gaining an understanding of how they can commit to anti racism and eliminate white supremacy in cooperative spaces and in the broader society.
As part of the movement, members in The Abolitionists Challenge will meet on a monthly basis over the course of 6 months for a guided discussion around books that explore issues of oppression and white supremacy in America. LaDonna will offer an anti racism program of directed readings, self-reflection and participation by cooperators in a program to help make cooperatives more actively engaged in bringing strength in our shared work in diversity, equity and inclusion. This will be a focused space in which cooperators will discuss the systematic structures of racism and the work people can do to dismantle them individually and in their communities.
Participants who attended the first or second session of the challenge are encouraged to renew their commitment to anti racism and dismantling white supremacy by signing up for the newest session, which builds on the foundational elements they learned in 2020.
Education is foundational for change. All are welcome.
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October 16 (Saturday) - March 19 (Saturday)
Reserve your spot today! You won't want to miss out on engaging webinars and opportunities to network with other farmer cooperative leaders. This year's conference will provide attendees a
|Reserve your spot today! You won’t want to miss out on engaging webinars and opportunities to network with other farmer cooperative leaders. This year’s conference will provide attendees a chance to explore the current state of farmer cooperatives including the policy environment, innovations in management structures, and alternative business models to gain efficiencies while retaining local control. See the full program.
See our registration page for information on pricing and student scholarships. Thanks to our generous sponsors, we are able to keep this year’s Farmer Cooperatives Conference incredibly affordable. Early bird registration is $40 for the entire experience!
Building the Next Generation of Cooperators
The Farmer Cooperative Young Leaders Scholarship Program is for college students who have an interest in agribusiness and cooperatives. The scholarship enables students to learn about different segments of the agricultural cooperative sector and enhance their preparedness to enter careers in the agriculture industry. The scholarship includes complimentary registration to attend the Farmer Cooperatives Conference. Click here for applications details. Thank you to the Ralph K. Morris Foundation, Renk Agribusiness Institute , and the William and Harold Moy Young Leaders Scholarship Fund.
[From the newsletter about the conference, Courtney Berner, UW Center for Cooperatives, September 21, 2021]
november 1 (Monday) - 3 (Wednesday) CST
Proposals for sessions and workshops open until September 3: More here https://www.nasco.coop/proposals Save the Date for NASCO Institute on November 12-14, 2021. To continue the prioritization of our
Proposals for sessions and workshops open until September 3: More here https://www.nasco.coop/proposals
Save the Date for NASCO Institute on November 12-14, 2021. To continue the prioritization of our community’s health and safety, we will be holding NASCO Institute remotely again this year.
The theme for NASCO Institute this year is Mutual Aid. Cooperativism and mutual aid go hand in hand as practices rooted in social solidarity and collective care. Mutual aid has blossomed over the past year to address many of the challenges brought on by the pandemic and has provided a pathway for communities to become more resilient in times of crisis. Many co-op organizations and co-op members, acting under shared cooperative principles and utilizing the skill sets they’ve developed through cooperative work, have taken proactive steps to support co-op members and the communities they are embedded within during the pandemic.
Through this year’s theme, we will spotlight examples of mutual aid networks, inter-cooperative mutual aid organizing, skillshare, and explore how you and your co-op can build and support mutual aid networks near you.
Dean Spade has been working to build queer and trans liberation based in racial and economic justice for the past two decades. He’s the author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law, the director of the documentary “Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back!,” and the creator of the mutual aid toolkit at BigDoorBrigade.com. His latest book, Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (and the Next), was published by Verso Press in October 2020.
(From invitation email from North American Students of Cooperation, June 30, 2021)
november 12 (Friday) - 14 (Sunday)
Online (no travel required)
The US Federation of Worker Cooperatives hosts this monthly webinar for groups and people at the very early stages of their worker cooperative project. The webinar describes key steps toward
The US Federation of Worker Cooperatives hosts this monthly webinar for groups and people at the very early stages of their worker cooperative project. The webinar describes key steps toward getting off the ground, and where problems often occur. It includes chapters on building your group’s democratic capacity, business, and environment of support, in a participatory conversational format. Attendees are offered 30 minutes of free consulting after the webinar from the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives.
(Friday) 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PST
The Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation (CWCF) is hosting their 2021 virtual, bilingual conference from November 16 - 18, 2021. Worker cooperatives have demonstrated resilience and solidarity throughout
The Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation (CWCF) is hosting their 2021 virtual, bilingual conference from November 16 – 18, 2021.
Worker cooperatives have demonstrated resilience and solidarity throughout the Covid19 pandemic, although many have faced significant challenges. We will share particular strategies of worker co-ops in dealing with crises such as the pandemic. Further, this theme will cover how communities would benefit from building more worker cooperatives, including through the lens of racial and economic justice.
As always, there will be sessions on topics of practical interest for worker co-operators, including a keynote panel on the challenges and opportunities co-ops are facing, a peer learning session, workshops on co-op financing and marketing, and a presentation on Building on Anti-Racism in Worker Co-ops, organized by CWCF’s Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (“JEDI”) Committee. CoopZone will host a session on Co-op Conversions as part of the Conference, and the Freedom Dreams Education Co-op will host a webinar on Nourishing Belonging: Forging Co-operation in Food and Farming which CWCF is also promoting.
CWCF will also hold its AGM on November 17th.
During our AGM session we will present the CWCF Mark Goldblatt Merit Award to Eric Tusz-King which is given to “an individual who has made exemplary contributions to the worker co-op movement in Canada.”
As this Conference is a free, virtual event and will feature simultaneous English-French interpretation, we encourage anyone with an interest in Canada’s worker co-op movement to participate. More information, including the complete program and registration link, is available here.
The conference sponsors include: The Co-operators, Sisters of St. Martha, Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada, Just Us Coffee Roasters, and the Ontario Co-op Association.
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november 16 (Tuesday) - 18 (Thursday)
Undeclared work has various negative effects and consequences, not only on governments, but also on welfare systems, and businesses. Finding ways to act against undeclared work, therefore is a challenge,
Undeclared work has various negative effects and consequences, not only on governments, but also on welfare systems, and businesses. Finding ways to act against undeclared work, therefore is a challenge, not only for governments, but needs actions from enterprises that strive to provide decent work and develop their communities.
Worker and social cooperatives in Europe are actively tackling undeclared work, developing diverse business models and initiatives that ensure that workers are not left to the vulnerabilities of undeclared work. This is the main focus of CECOP’s LIGHTS ON report. Its main findings will be presented during an online event, where will look at this phenomenon as it spreads across sectors, knows no national borders, intersects with human rights violations, and often affect female, migrants, and young workers.
CECOP invites you to meet these cooperatives and stakeholders, who help people emerge from undeclared work, and are turning the lights on.
Join us on November 19th at 10 AM (CET) online from wherever you are for this event!
(From the cecop.coop website)
(Friday) 10:00 pm - 12:00 pm CET
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2021 8:00 - 9:00am: Annual General Meeting Join the DFC Board at this year's AGM to learn about what they've been up to over
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2021
8:00 – 9:00am: Annual General Meeting
Join the DFC Board at this year’s AGM to learn about what they’ve been up to over the past year, and what they are planning for the future. Members will participate in the democratic process of the co-operative by voting in the election, as well as celebrate those Directors who are receiving a Long-Term Service Award!
9:00 – 9:30am: National Update with CCUA
- Martha Durdin, President & CEO, Canadian Credit Union Association
Martha will share a high level update of the national credit union landscape, as well as insight into how social transformation begins at the board table.
9:45 – 11:00am: Co-operative Values as a Competitive Advantage for Credit Unions
- Chris Inniss, CEO, Pathwise Credit Union
The world of business today is full of buzz words and jargon about social responsibility and business sustainability. But when it comes to credit unions, it isn’t jargon or lip service, it is a solid foundation of principled business that is truly rooted in the community. It is the competitive advantage credit unions have over other financial institutions. This session will explore and celebrate the competitive advantage of holding business values and principles that align with the intrinsic values of Canadians.
11:15am – 12:15pm: The Canadian Care Crisis and Deficit: Role for Credit Unions?
- Susan Prentice, PhD, Professor, University of Manitoba
- Alisdair Smith, DARE Communications & Cusource®
Important demographic trends in Canada in the care economy and emergent needs for childcare are impacting women’s equity and capacity. Considering this changing environment, we will explore at least four possible roles credit unions can play in supporting this societal transition, setting up a dialogue about how credit union boards can create progressive actions.
1:15 – 2:30pm: Co-operative Collaborations Transforming Communities
- Sarasvati Maharajh, Business Relationship Manager, Canadian Credit Union Association (MODERATOR)
- Cory Munden, CEO, Leading Edge Credit Union (PANEL)
- Rob Paterson, President & CEO, Alterna Savings & Credit Union and Alterna Bank (PANEL)
- Josephine Grey, Founding Director/Board, St. James Town Community Co-operative (PANEL)
As we move out of the pandemic and into rebuilding the economy, “Co-operation among Co-operatives” will become a driving force to effect change for the better. This session will explore real-life examples of Principle Six in action, where credit unions are partnering with co-operatives to address key challenges in society including: affordable housing, the provision of daycare services, and access to food. The benefits to both credit unions and co-operatives will be highlighted, as well as why these collaborations are so important for creating a more inclusive and equitable society.
3:00 – 4:15pm: Climate Related Financial Risks & Opportunities for Credit Unions
- Anthony Piscitelli, Director, Your Neighbourhood Credit Union and Directors’ Forum Co-operative Board Chair (MODERATOR)
- Carol Hansell, Senior Partner, Hansell LLP & Climate Governance Expert with the Canadian Climate Law Initiative (PANEL)
- Ben Janzen, Director of Value Integration, Kindred Credit Union (PANEL)
- Christie Stephenson, Executive Director of the Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics and Director, VanCity Credit Union (PANEL)
Over the next thirty years, global warming will create negative impacts on the environment, Canada’s economy, and our own health. Adapting to climate change presents a challenge for organizations and an opportunity. Credit unions, at a minimum, must be prepared to mitigate risks associated with climate change but we can go much further. Value-driven organizations should play a role in helping society transition to a carbon-free economy. This session will explore how boards of directors can monitor and mitigate the risks of global warming while also providing authentic leadership to address climate change.
4:30 – 5:30pm: Board Chairs Session: Onboarding New Directors & Dealing with Difficult Directors
- Tim Foster, Director, Northern Credit Union and Directors’ Forum Co-operative Board Director
- Leo Racette, Director, Sudbury Credit Union and Directors’ Forum Co-operative Board Director & Secretary
Based on feedback from our last Chair’s Session in 2019, this year’s session will cover two of the most asked for topics: “Onboarding New Directors” and “Managing Difficult Directors”. Chairs and Vice-Chairs are asked to attend and to be prepared to share their experiences – good and bad – and any policies that they can share on these two challenging topics.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27
8:30 – 11:45am: Simulating Hindsight, Oversight and Foresight
- Anthony Piscitelli, Director, Your Neighbourhood Credit Union and Directors’ Forum Co-operative Board Chair
- Tanya Gracie, Director of Strategy, Central 1 and Directors’ Forum Co-operative Board Vice-Chair
This half-day simulation-based workshop is designed to have participants role-play a board meeting for an organization facing a series of challenges. Successfully navigating the simulation will require board members to balance their hindsight, oversight, and foresight roles. Following the role-playing exercise, a facilitated debriefing will prepare participants to apply what they learned to their own credit unions. **Participants of this session will receive a 1/2 CE credit from CUDA®.**
11:50AM – 12:35pm: Conference Highlights with Alisdair Smith, ft. Kerr Smith
- Alisdair Smith, DARE Communications & Cusource®
- Kerr Smith, Illustrator/Graphic Recorder
Delegates will be delighted that Alisdair is back to perform his roundup of the key highlights of the conference sessions, which always include some inspirational messages and potential discussions to take back to your boards. This year, Alisdair is joined by Kerr Smith (no relation!) who will amaze you with his artistic talent as he develops a graphic story board live, while Alisdair is presenting. Attendees will receive an electronic copy of the final story board shortly after the conference.
INFORMATION WILL BE UPDATED AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
november 25 (Thursday) - 27 (Saturday) EST
Hilton Mississauga, Ontario (Canada)
The ICA Global Youth Network will organise an all-day workshop on 27 November 2021 in South Korea prior to the 33rd ICA World Cooperative Congress. This
The ICA Global Youth Network will organise an all-day workshop on 27 November 2021 in South Korea prior to the 33rd ICA World Cooperative Congress.
This workshop will take place in Chunchen which is a beautiful city located in Gangwon Province about one hour drive from the Congress venue and three hours’ drive from the airport.
|26 November 2021||Arrival at Chucheon in the afternoon or evening. Short introductory programme in the evening.|
|27 November 2021||Workshop with topics as follows:
Local coop youth tour
|28 November 2021||Youth Assembly
Executive Committee Meeting
Second transport to Congress venue at noon.
The local partners will cover the following costs: transport from the workshop to the Walkerhill Hotel, meals and beverages 26-28 November during your stay at the workshop venue, and your accommodation for two nights at the workshop venue.
Register for the Workshop Today
Please tell us as soon as possible if you would like to participate in this workshop because space is limited. Preference will be given to those who are also attending the Congress.
Travelling to Seoul
Please reference this page which provides practical information necessary regarding travel to South Korea.
Note that you will need to be fully vaccinated at least two weeks before your travel, so please take this into consideration because the process to get a vaccination certificate from the date of your first vaccination can take 1 ½ months depending on the vaccine.
Congress Discount for Youth
We would also like to take this opportunity to inform you that youth who attend the Congress from 1-3 December will be eligible for a discount on their registration. The youth fee is EUR 250. This discount is for those who are 35 years or younger during the conference. To benefit from the youth discount, the registration code received by the ICA must be provided on the registration form. In order to obtain the registration code for the discounted rate, a copy of your passport must be sent to the Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance for letting us know if you will attend and we look forward to welcoming you in South Korea.
Updated information on this workshop will be provided here on the ICA Youth Network webpage as it becomes available.
With cooperative greetings,
Contact Gretchen Hacquard at email@example.com if you have any questions.
[Details above: September 9, 2021 email from Gretchen Hacquard]
All Day (Saturday) Korean Standard Time
Chuncheon, South Korea
The Cooperative Research Conference will explore and address specific themes intrinsically linked to the overarching theme of the Congress: “Deepening Our Cooperative Identity”. The ICA invites cooperative researchers, experts and practitioners
The Cooperative Research Conference will explore and address specific themes intrinsically linked to the overarching theme of the Congress: “Deepening Our Cooperative Identity”.
The ICA invites cooperative researchers, experts and practitioners to make submissions on the themes involving the Cooperative Identity. This conference together with the 3rd International Forum on Cooperative Law will be the precursors for debates on key-themes and sub-themes of the 33rdWorld Cooperative Congress, building content for discussions based on scientific and analytical contributions.
The new deadline for submission of abstracts and panel proposals is by 5 April 2021.
We thank researchers who had submitted their abstracts for the two pre-congress events, in 2020, with whom we will continue to work through 2021.
For more information on where and how to submit your abstracts and panel proposals, please click here.
Submit your abstracts and panel proposals for the ICA Cooperative Research Conference, and related queries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
november 28 (Sunday) - 30 (Tuesday)
Online (no travel required)
ICA Committee on Cooperative Research