CASC Practitioner Day Schedule Announced

The Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operatives has released its practitioner day schedule for June 4th, 2015, at the University of Ottawa.

This event brings together Anglophone and Francophone co-operative practitioners, administrators, educators and researchers to reflect on the practice of the sector and how they can collaborate more successfully in supporting co-operatives in meeting the needs of their (existing and potential) members.

In line with the theme of the conferences, the day will be organized around the different capital resources that are an essential part of all well-functioning co-operatives. Sessions will explore: Financing co-op development, strengthening human capital, sustainability and community engagement. There will be ample time for networking and creating new linkages.

For more information or to register for the practitioner’s day, please visit the registration site.

Upcoming Webinar – Emerging Co-op Research Showcase – March 30th, 12-1pm EDT

The Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network is hosting its next free webinar March 30th, 2015, from 12-1pm EDT entitled “Emerging Co-op Research Showcase.” 

This will be a session of new co-op research, by emerging co-op researchers, for everyone. The session will also demonstrate the new Emerging Co-op Researchers Network website.” Register now!

Presenters

  • Justin Ellerby is a student in the MBA in Community Economic Development program at Cape Breton University, Sydney, Nova Scotia, with a background in housing co-ops and multi-sector co-op development.His presentation will be an exploration of the Emerging Co-op Scholars Network website, a new platform for students and practitioners to share and build opportunities, resources, ideas, and connections.
  • Samira Nuhanovic, (Bosnia-Herzegovina) is a PhD candidate at the International Doctoral school in Local development and global dynamics at the University of Trento.Having in mind the importance of certain cooperative principles, her research aims to investigate the ways in which organizational structures, and consequently productive and marketing activities of agricultural cooperatives, can be diversified in order for them to have a positive impact on rural development in Bosnia and Herzegovina through the reduction of rural poverty.
  • Andrius Ragainis is a Master’s in Environmental Studies student at York University. He focuses his research on social accounting systems and co-operative enterprises.In the webinar presentation, Andrius will present his ongoing research of how Ontario’s co-operatives implement social accounting. Presentation will also include a short overview of the existing social accounting systems.

Call for Papers for the European Research Committee’s Conference

First call for papers for the European Research Committee’s conference “Future of the Co-operative Model: Creativity, Innovation, & Research” to take place in Paris, France from 27-30 May 2015.

Conference aim

Crisis highlighted that innovation, creativity on products, production process, governance and financing are essential elements of the productive organization to face problems and grow up. Cooperatives and social economy organizations have been in many occasions creative and innovative to all functional stages for the benefit of the members and the socio economic environment that they are engaged. The broad interpretation of cooperative principles gives cooperatives flexibility in designing their governance and financial structures, which are extremely efficient in the pursuit of global strategies. In such activity (agriculture, finance, heath, education…), cooperatives and mutual successfully innovate to adapt the social and economic crisis. What are their advantages and weaknesses?

Proposals focusing on the innovation and creativity solutions of cooperatives would be particularly welcomed. General themes and specific sessions are proposed for selected papers and poster sessions.

Conference general themes

  • Cooperatives and Rural-Urban
  • Cooperatives and their business model specificities
  • Global Competitiveness and Governance
  • Cooperatives confronted with the employment crisis
  • Law and specificities
  • Cooperatives, taxation and finance
  • Cooperatives and Social Responsibility

Guidelines for abstract / paper submissions

To be eligible for a Selected papers Session or a Poster Session:

  • Select a general theme
  • Submit an Abstract (min. 350-max. 400 words) including title, keywords (and) JEL codes
  • Upload full paper (pdf format) – mandatory.

Deadline for submission is November 27th 2014

For more information including key dates, technical specifications for submission, and details about the general themes, consult the original call of papers here or contact the organizers of the event at icaparis2015@gmail.com
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MCDRN Fall Series: Webinar #2

The Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network will be offering the second webinar of its Fall Series:

Information about the event:

Co-operative Development: Findings from a national study
Speakers: Dr. Fiona Duguid and Dr. Marcelo Vieta
Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 1:00pm EDT
To Register for this event, click here!

Note that although registration is required, the webinars are free of charge.

Do not miss the last webinar:

Governing Housing Co-operatives: Recent findings
Speakers: Dr. Catherine Leviten-Reid and Justin Ellerby
Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 12:00pm EST
To Register for this event, click here!

Videos and powerpoints available from past webinars here.

International Summit of Cooperatives: The Outcomes

We invite you to read the latest Newsletter from the International Cooperative Summit, whcih amas held last week in Quebec city. The event was successful with over 3000 participants from 93 countries. Through social medias, this international exposition reached over 4 millions people. For more informations about the outcomes of the conference, follow this link

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Sommet International des Coopératives: Compte Rendu

Nous vous invitons à lire l’infolettre du Sommet International des Coopératives qui c’est conclut la semaine dernière dans la ville de Québec. Avec plus de 3 000 participants en provenance de 93 pays, l’évènement connu un vif succès. Cette exposition internationale eu une portée dans les médias sociaux atteingnant près de quatre millions de personnes. Pour plus d”informations, suivez ce lien.

Papers Submission for the International Interdisciplinary Conference on Cooperativism in the 21st Century Europe, Slovakia

Visions 4 a Cooperative Future: Cooperativism for the 21st Century Europe & Beyond is an international interdisciplinary conference on cooperativism that will be help December 4-6, 2014 in Bratislava, Slovakia. The event is organized by INECON in conjunction the C-BIRD project and the European Alternatives and International Young Professionals Foundation.

The aim of the conference is to address issues related to the status and role of cooperatives and social enterprises in social and economic development in the V4 countries – Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland within a broader European context (South-Eastern and Western Europe) both from the point of view of a historical and theoretical reflection and from practical perspectives.

The Conference also aims to:

  • bring together academics, policy makers and practitioners to present research, discuss current knowledge and exchange experiences related to cooperative, social and solidarity economy and various forms of cooperative action
  • promote networking among academics and practitioners and further build a community of experts and interested parties for ongoing collaboration, dialogue and research on cooperative, social and solidarity economy and various forms of cooperative action in Europe and beyond

Papers can address, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • the history of the cooperative movement and social and solidarity economy development and the current relevancy and standing of cooperatives in the economies of the V4 and other European countries
  • the democratic and social dimension of cooperatives and their role of in social economy
  • the impact of cooperatives and social economy actors on local/sub-regional economies
  • the cooperative model in rural development
  • the cooperative model for disadvantaged regions and communities
  • social economy and social cooperatives – forms and linkages
  • good practices in various forms of cooperative action
  • factors hindering the development of the cooperative and social enterprise sector
  • financing start-up and existing cooperatives
  • legislative support for the development of cooperativism in the future
  • public policies supporting the development of social economy and cooperativsm in 
Europe
  • educational programs in cooperativism and social economy

The deadline for the submission of papers is October 24, 2014.

For further information about the Conference, access this document or write to: utopia@utopia.sk.

To register for the Conference, visit the Project INECON website.

Articles Submission for Special Pula Conference Edition of the Journal of Cooperative Organization and Management

Here is an opportunity for those of you who were able to attend the ICA 2014 event in Pula, Croatia.

The Journal of Cooperative Organization and Management is publishing a special Pula conference edition which will be on the conference theme of “Local and regional development and cooperatives”. For those of you who wish to contribute an article to this special edition, and may even have sent an article, it is asked that you submit your article to the Journal’s official website at: http://ees.elsevier.com/jcom/default.asp

The deadline for paper submission is the end of September 2014.
The assessment of the contributions has already started (mid-September).
Decisions will be made following the assessment, and required follow-ups will be made.

To access the author information pack, click here.

MCDRN Fall Webinar Series Starting October 1st 2014

The Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network will be offering the following Webinar Series starting October 1st 2014:

A Discussion of the Economic Impact of Co-operatives
Speakers: George Karaphillis and Alicia Lake
Wednesday October 1, 2014 at 1:00pm EDT
To Register for this event, click here!

Co-operative Development: Findings from a national study
Speakers: Dr. Fiona Duguid and Dr. Marcelo Vieta
Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 1:00pm EDT
To Register for this event, click here!

Governing Housing Co-operatives: Recent findings
Speakers: Dr. Catherine Leviten-Reid and Justin Ellerby
Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 12:00pm EST
To Register for this event, click here!

Note that although registration is required, the webinars are free of charge.

For more information, follow this link.