The Robert Owen Commemoration Lecture

Iain Macdonald: "Co-operative enterprises build a better world"

Many people have written much of Robert Owen – countless books and articles are testament to that. He has variously been described as a scholar, entrepreneur, social reformer, economist and trade unionist! But for some he was the original co-operator. He is acknowledged by most as one of the founders of the British co-operative movement.

Swap & shop til you drop


A free Swap & Shop til you drop event , with 60 stalls, clothing swap, activities, goody bags ,womens bunting making,  raffles and more from 1.pm - 5pm on Sunday 4th March at Queens Hotel Leeds, UK to find out more information and to book a place  contact donna.murgatroyd@co-operative.coop

8th International Microinsurance Conference

From 6 to 8 November 2012, the 8th International Microinsurance Conference will take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This event is hosted by the Munich Re Foundation and the Microinsurance Network. Around 400 participants and experts from around the world will exchange experiences and discuss the challenges of microinsurance. They include representatives from insurance and reinsurance companies, international organisations, NGOs, development-aid agencies, academics, policymakers, regulators and supervisors.

To book your accommodation for this event please contact:

6th European Organic Congress

6th European Organic Congress
“Smart change - towards a sustainable CAP”

Copenhagen, Denmark
17-18 April 2012

eDigest - October 2011 - Delegates flock to Cancun General Assembly in record numbers

A record turnout is expected for the ICA’s General Assembly in Cancun, Mexico.

Gretchen Warner, ICA Director of Membership, says registrations to date indicate that there will be more than 2000 attendees at the meeting which runs between November 14 and 18.

Best business practice from the world’s biggest co-operatives will be on display during the third day of official proceedings.

eDigest - September 2011 - Co-op sector manages crisis better than its counterparts

Co-operative enterprises fare better than their conventional counterparts in the face of a continuing global financial crisis.

They also recovered more strongly than other businesses in 2010 as the effects of the crisis lessened, albeit temporarily in some regions.

eDigest - August 2011 - Co-operative movement fights Polish legislation

A push by a group of Parliamentary Deputies from the majority group in the Polish Government to weaken the country’s co-operative framework has been met with decisive action from the Polish co-operative movement supported by Dame Pauline Green, the ICA’s president, and Felice Scalvini, President of Co-operatives Europe. “If we want to maximise co-operative competitive potential and input to the European economy, the EU needs to ensure that its member states urgently ensure that its co-operative legislation is fit for purpose – that it is enabling and not prescriptive, that it encourag

eDigest - July 2011 - Obama campaigner and global change expert in Cancun

Two experts in driving change through the use of media are to give key speeches at the General Assembly in November. 

A key staffer of Barack Obama's when he was on the presidential campaign trail, Sam Graham-Felsen is to begin the conference with an opening address, while tailing the conference with closing remarks is Philippe Cousteau jnr, the adventurer and campaigner.

In a year when co-operatives need to take their message, their values, their successes to the world, these leaders in their field have got the tools and know how to use them. 

eDigest - June 2011 - Stronger, together – ICA members unite behind common message

"Together we can tell the whole world what we do," says ICA Board member, Anne Santamaki, of the opportunity unleashed by the UN International Year of Co-operatives. It's why her employer, SOK Corporation “ Finland's leading retailing co-operative with more than a 40 per cent share of the national market “ was the first to support the ICA's IYC 2012 global appeal fund.

IYC 2012 Co-ordinator Nicola Kelly says funds have begun to roll in for the appeal, which will enable the ICA to deliver the IYC campaign.

ICA eDigest - May 2011- Rifkin's warning: act now on grid 'or risk survival'

CO-OPERATIVES are an integral part of Jeremy Rifkin's strategy to revolutionise the energy market. According to Rifkin, a leading international economist, EU policy advisor and activist, taskforces must be set up urgently by co-operatives to establish a plan to implement his renewable energy regime.

"We need to see this moving very aggressively in the coming 12 to 24 months because we are running out of time," Rifkin said in an interview with the ICA Digest in April 2011. 


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