New Publication: Co-operation, Learning, and Co-operative Values

Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group recently published a book edited by Tom Woodin on comtemporary issues in co-operative education. Here is the publisher’s description of the book:

“The rapidity of change in education has intensified in recent years. With the emergence of ‘co-operative schools’ and a new framework focusing heavily on co-operation, a direct challenge to ways of thinking about education, at both school and university level, has developed.

Co-operation, Learning and Co-operative Values addresses the urgent need to describe, analyse and assess the growth of co-operative education. The relationship between co-operation and education is a complex process and this book critically reflects on the tensions and obstacles facing this movement. It brings together the contributions of academics and practitioners from a range of backgrounds, and explores topics including:

    • Theories and histories of co-operative values and principles
    • Critical views of the practice of co-operative education
    • Case studies of processes in action from both schools and higher education
    • Co-operative education in a wider context

This book provides an essential introduction to a new and expanding area of research with chapters by many leading commentators in education. It will be of interest to researchers and educators interested in education and social policy.”

For more information about this publication and to purchase the book, follow this link.

Cooperativismo & Desarrollo: Journal of Social Economics and Cooperative Studies

The Cooperativismo & Desarrollo – C&D community as recently re-engineered the editorial strategy and policies to make C&D an international reference on the subject. C&D are hoping to promote and increase the visibility and reputation of the journal on bibliographic and citation databases (ISI and Scopus), other different indexation systems, peer-reviewed journals and other open access systems.

C&D, the Journal of Social Economics and Cooperative Studies, is launching an open call for papers to world-wide researchers on Social Economy, Solidarity Economy and Cooperation. Besides Spanish, the journal is going to publish papers originally written in English or Portuguese. Submissions of research, discussion and literature review papers will be open all year round on the following topics:

1. Social and solidarity economy
2. Education for solidarity
3. Entrepreneurship and solidarity
4. Solidarity and social innovation
5. Public policy on social and solidarity economy and cooperation
6. Territorial development social and solidarity economy
7. Structure and management of Social and cooperative organizations
8. Cooperative law and legal framework for social and cooperative organizations.

To read the journal’s guidelines and policies, go to: http://cooperativismoydesarrollo.ucc.edu.co

Atlantic Co-operative Publishers goes Digital and National

Atlantic Co-operative Publishers launches an exciting new e-magazine: The Canadian Co-operator

Check it out online here

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Une nouvelle publication numérique nationale!

Les Éditions coopératives de l’Atlantique lancent un nouveau cybermagazine fort attrayant intitulé: Le Coopérateur

Cliquez ici pour vous informer sur le mouvement coopératif du Canada

New Research Piece on NPB Role in Stakeholder Relations

Cain, Edgar and Munroe from the Institute on Governance produced a new piece of research entitled: The Not for Profit Board’s Role in Stakeholder Relations: Survey Results and Analysis. This research explores the approaches and practices related to stakeholder relations in a governance context.

Research questions:
• How are the boards of NFP and related organizations currently identifying and engaging stakeholders?
• What governance models for stakeholder relations exist or can be created to help boards fulfill this role?
• What roles should should boards play distinct from staff.

Key Concepts:
Key concepts that are explored: moral ownership, Stakeholder Identification and Analysis , as well as Stakeholder engagement.

Methodology:
IOG used a 34 question bilingual survey targeting one board member and one senior executive from each respondent organization. A total of 217 individuals finished the survey.

Summary of Findings:
• Some stakeholders matter more than others regardless of organizational type
• The data that supports the significance of staff as a stakeholder contrasts with Carverʼs theory of moral ownership.
• There is a broadly supported foundation of stakeholder tools and techniques.
• Stakeholder analysis is most consistently used for program design and determining strategy.
• There has not been a widespread adoption of performance measurement for stakeholder relations.
• Chief executives and boards have diverging views on the boardʼs role in stakeholder relations.
• Type of governance model can indicate the scope of stakeholder relations and its role in activities of the organization.
• Approaches to stakeholder relations have some dependence on the primary revenue source of an organization.
• Co-operatives demonstrate leadership in member-based stakeholder relations and direct engagement of stakeholders.
• Charities demonstrate leadership in engaging stakeholders to improve programs.
• Direct representation of interests on a board can lead to conflicts of obligations, particularly for mid-sized operations.
• Boards elected by members are more responsive to stakeholders.

Click here to access to the complete survey results and analysis.

Committee on co-operative research launches new website

The Alliance’s Committee on Co-operative Research (CCR) has launched a new website aimed at keeping researchers, practitioners and the broader public up to date on what is happening in co-operative research around the world.

The CCR — chaired by Dr. Sonja Novkovic of Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada — is one of five thematic committees/networks within the Alliance. It aims to raise awareness of co-operative research and serves as a bridge between academic research and the co-operative world.

“We hope both academics and practitioners will use this site to learn about the outstanding research on co-operatives that is taking place, find out about research-related events, and get in touch with the people and organizations involved in co-operative research,” Dr. Novkovic said.

The new website includes co-operative research news and events, links to co-operative research centres and organizations, educational institutions, publications and co-operative apex organizations involved in research. It also includes profiles of researchers and research projects and a special section of interest to young co-operative scholars.

The CCR site, which can also be accessed from the Alliance website, was launched at the Global Research Conference in Pula, Croatia, which was held June 25-28.
For more information, and to suggest news items, profiles or links that may be added to the website, contact Sonja Novkovic at s.novkovic@smu.ca or Hanan El-Youssef at elyoussef@ica.coop.

Written by: Donna Balkan

Tools To Measure Co-operative Performance and Impact – Presentions available on CEARC Website

Presentations from the Tools conference are now available on the CEARC website. To access the presentations, follow the link.

Outcomes from the Tools conference will be further examined at the ICA Research Conference to be held in Croatia on June 25-28, 2014. For more information of the ICA Research Conference, follow the link.