ICA Call for Consultant

The International Co-operative Alliance seeks an expert consultant to map government entities with a co-operative mandate globally. The report will include a case profile and contact details. The objective of the study is to get a list of potential members for recruitment into membership.

The report should be finalized by 25 June 2015.

For more information, please review their call for consultant.

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.

World Co-op Monitor survey – final push for May 30 deadline

The main goal of the world Co-operative Monitor project is to improve a multi- indicator database reporting on the socio-economic value and impact of cooperatives both within a global scenario and in their regional and national contexts. The survey is brief and will contribute to international intelligence on co-operatives. Please promote to meet the May 30 deadline.

Participate and find more information about the project on http://www.monitor.coop

Conference: Co-operative economy and collective ownership in Cyprus in November

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that a new research area, “Co-operative economy and collective ownership”, will be permanently part of the EAEPE (European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy) conferences.
This research area welcomes scholars interested in the co-operative sector, an important component of the economy in Europe, in the Americas and in the Asia Pacific, and of developing significance in Africa.The co-operative firm is a very old institution, as is the interest that economics, sociology, history and management have shown in its study. Nevertheless, the attention given to the co-operative economy, in both research and teaching, is limited, if compared to its actual dimension and potential, especially in times of crisis.

This research area is interested in all forms of co-operative businesses: workers’ cooperatives; consumer cooperatives; credit unions and banks; users’ co-operatives; mutuals and insurances. We are also interested in community-level forms of collective ownership of services and public goods. Co-operatives operate in the most diverse industries, markets and societies. An interdisciplinary research approach is most welcome given the multi-faceted nature of the co-operative movement, whose symbolic birth is held to be in Manchester in 1844, though much older and more primitive forms of co-operatives have existed in Europe (back to the Roman period), Asia (during early Chinese dynasties) and in the Americas (in Pre-Columbian societies).

Some of the recent interest in co-operation has been prompted by the financial crisis and the debate on the failures of capitalism. But even in growth periods, the co-operative model has been praised as an option for very contemporary needs such as workers’ participation and involvement, ownership of standards and systems in the digital economy and in creative industries, alternative currencies and peer to peer banking, and self management of community level services and facilities.

Next conference, as you may already know, will be held at University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus from 6-8 November 2014.
-Abstract submission deadline: 30 May 2014
-Notification of acceptance: 20 June 2014
-Full paper submission deadline: 1 October 2014

If you want to submit an abstract for our Research Area conference follow this link
If you want to download the full Call for Papers in pdf, please follow this link

Thanks for your attention, and please forward this email to any colleague of any discipline that may be interested in joining us.


We hope to hear from you soon,

Andrea Bernardi, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom

Salvatore Monni, Roma Tre University, Italy

Rowan Tomlinson, University of Bristol, United Kingdom

Hanan El-Youssef
Strategy Manager
International Co-operative Alliance

Bring the co-op principles to life ! ICA and CASC want to hear from you

Dear Canadian co-operative advocate, practitioner, or researcher:

The Canadian Association for Studies in Co-opearation (CASC) is assisting the International Co-operative Alliance’s Principles Committee in gathering feedback from you — Canadian co-operative practitioners, researchers, and supporters — for the new drafting of the Co-operative Principle’s Guidance Notes.

Specifically, the Principles Committee, in a mandate established in November 2012 during the General Assembly of the ICA and the final international event of IYC2012 in Manchester, UK, is overseeing the process of (1) adding new Guidance Notes to the Co-operative Principles, (2) establishing the irreducible core of each Principle, and thus (3) of the co-operative identity.

Attached you will find the full DRAFT Guidance Notes for the following Principles:
3. Member Economic Participation
5. Education, Training, and Information
7. Concern for Community

You can also find the full DRAFT Guidance Notes for Principles 3, 5, and 7 here: http://ica.coop/en/co-op-decade/call-comments-co-operative-principles-3-5-and-7

Please read these, share them in your networks, discuss them, and submit your comments and feedback on the substance of these DRAFT Guidance Notes to the following brief survey by June 1, 2014: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GuidanceNotes.

For further background information, we also invite you to review the ICA Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade: http://ica.coop/en/publications/blueprint-co-operative-decade

The Board of CASC will gather up all of the comments and feedback received from Canadian co-operative practitioners and researchers and will send them to the Principles Committee shortly after June 1.

Sincerely, and in co-operation,
The CASC Board

ICA Research Conference deadline extended to March 15

International Co-operative Alliance Committee on Co-operative Research’s Conference in Croatia  will be held June 25-28, 2014 in Pula. Please note the extension for papers below. Also find all conference details including registration and keynote information at the below link.

-Hanan El-Youssef and Sonja Novkovic

ICA Young Scholars Initiative

As you may have heard, Dr. Sonja Novkovic, Chair of the Committee on Co-operative Research for the International Co-operative Alliance is undertaking a young scholars initiative in order to find ways to support and network young co-operative scholars worldwide. Please share this post with students you know so we can gather feedback and best support the growth of young scholars. Thank you!

Young Co-operative Scholars,

Want to connect with fellow students of co-operation from all over the world? Do you ever feel like you’re missing out on opportunities for young co-op scholars?

Dr. Sonja Novkovic, Chair of the Committee on Co-operative Research for the International Co-operative Alliance invites you to provide feedback and ideas about what is needed in the co-operative research community for young scholars. The Committee is interested in finding ways to support, connect and elevate young scholars. Please take a few minutes to provide responses to this short survey to help shape the mandate of this initiative and to identify how you would like to contribute. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Y9PJDPX. Thank you kindly.

In Co-operation,
Erin Hancock and Justin Ellerby

Young co-op scholars program at meeting in Croatia June 2014

International Co-operative Alliance Committee on Co-operative Research (Pula, Croatia June 2014)

Dr. Sonja Novkovic, as the new Chair for the International Co-operative Alliance Committee on Co-operative Research, is inviting papers for the June 2014 conference in Pula, Croatia with a special invitation to students to participate.

The conference will bring together researchers and students of co-operative businesses and the social economy, as well as other fields of co-operative research, but it is also intended to provide a networking opportunity for fledgling local co-operatives.

Young scholars program:

Young researchers (graduate students, post-doctoral students and young scholars within 2 years of receiving their degrees, studying cooperatives, social enterprises, or related fields) are invited to

1.   (YSP 1) submit their proposals as indicated in the attached call for papers, also indicating their wish to participate in the ‘Young scholars program’. The scientific committee in agreement with the young scholar will assign an experienced researcher in a respective field to provide constructive feedback (a discussion, one-on-one advice, or written feedback, as appropriate) on the submitted young scholar’s paper and presentation.

2.   (YSP 2) Indicate their interest in participating in a pre-conference workshop featuring
presentations by the world’s key researchers in cooperative studies – cooperative business and/or cooperation more generally. Depending on interest and field of studies, themes may include social cooperatives, co-operative law, co-operative accounting, economic theory of cooperatives, co-operatives and microfinance, and other subject areas. Deadline to express interest in YSP2 by email to milfordbateman@yahoo.com is January 1, 2014. Spaces are limited.

Young scholars will also be eligible for a reduced registration fee. Financial travel support is possible, but it will depend on the number of applicants and available resources.

Full conference details are available here

In Memoriam: The research community mourns passing of Ian MacPherson

Canada’s co-operative movement is mourning the passing of one of its leading lights, historian, educator, author and passionate co-operator Ian MacPherson.

Dr. MacPherson, known internationally for his role in the 1995 revision of the co-operative principles and his work linking co-operatives to peace and social cohesion, died on November 16 at the age of 74.

As both a scholar and a co-operative activist, Dr. MacPherson personified the relationship between Canadian co-operative academics and co-op practitioners. In Canada, he served as president of both the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and Credit Union Central of British Columbia (now part of Central 1 Credit Union), as well as on the boards of various consumer, financial and health care co-operatives.

He has written dozens of books and articles about co-operatives, including A Century of Co-operation, the commemorative book marking the 100th anniversary of Canada’s organized co-operative movement in 2009.

He was also a founder of the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC), a multidisciplinary research organization which brings together co-operative academics and practitioners.

Read more about Ian and contribute your memories, comments and reflections to a tribute blog for Ian at http://www.ianmacphersonmemorial.blogspot.ca/

-Canadian Co-operative Association

The Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation has also released a communique about Ian found here: MacPherson – In Memoriam

Co-operative Research Meeting at ICA General Assembly in South Africa

Canadian researchers were very active in the research- and education-focused panels at the International Co-operative Alliance ‘building knowledge’ meetings in Cape Town, South Africa on November 3.

Dr. Lou Hammond Ketilson of the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan and of the Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network moderated a session on ‘Building Research Capacity’ in which 4 researchers from different areas of the world spoke about their research, their priorities and their challenges:
Dr. Louw Van Der Walk of North West University in South Africa
Dr. Ann Hoyt of the University of Wisconsin
Mr. Gianluca Salvatori of the European Research Institute on Co-operative and Social Economy Research (EURICSE)
Ms. Chiara Carini of EURICSE about the World Co-operative Monitor

Denyse Guy, Principle Investigator of the Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network (MCDRN) and Executive Director of the Canadian Co-operative Association spoke about youth education about co-operatives.

Dr. Sonja Novkovic, Co-Director of the MCDRN and Professor at Saint Mary’s University moderated a panel on Co-operative Development: Starting & Sustaining where Ms. Lorraine Bedard of Agropur dairy in Quebec spoke as well as Mr. Rejean Laflamme, the Vice Chairperson of the CCRN. Dr. novkovic played a lead role in pulling together this ‘building knowledge’ stream within the larger assembly. She currently chairs the ICA Committee on Co-operative Research. More information is available here: http://ica.coop/en/ica-committee-co-operative-research

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