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Co-operatives, mutuals, and employee-owned business in a global context
About the event:
This international conference draws together a range of perspectives on the subject of enterprise. How is enterprise understood in the world today? What role might the co-operative movement play in debates about the meaning and practice of enterprise?
Conference sessions and workshops will address the impact of different sectors of the co-operative movement in terms of building communities, generating economic growth, and educating young people in sustainable development and social responsibility.
A joint initiative of the University of Aberdeen and the Co-operative Education Trust Scotland
Proudly supported by the Scottish Programme for Entrepreneurship
THURSDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER 2010
14.00 "“ 15.30 - WORKSHOPS, MR028 (CPD SUITE) MACROBERT BUILDING Theme: Ethics and its impact on education and enterprise.Aberdeen University Student Veg Bag Co-operativeDiscover how the pro-active students at Aberdeen set up their own co-operative enterprise to promote and provide affordable, organic and unprocessed fruit and veg.
Ethics in EnterpriseRun by the Co-operative Education Trust Scotland, this workshop will cover a brief introduction to co-operatives and their values and principles, and also look at the impact ethics in enterprise education can have on the learning experience of pupils and students, especially within Curriculum for Excellence.
The Meaning of Ownership: Ellen & Isobel's bicycleFred Freundlich (Mondragon University) will run this workshop, discussing different enterprise structures with a view to creating an organisation based on values of equity and fairness.
16.30 - 18.30 - DRINKS RECEPTION, LINKLATER ROOMS
Welcome and introductions Professor Ian Diamond "“ Principal of the University of Aberdeen
Keynote addressWhat do we know about enterprise? The roles of theory and evidenceProfessor Gavin Reid "“ University of St. Andrews
Co-operatives "“ The Best Kept Secret in the WorldIain Macdonald , Director-General of the International Co-operative Alliance
FRIDAY 1ST OCTOBER 2010
09.30 "“ 10.30 - REGISTRATIONS, KING'S COLLEGE CONFERENCE CENTRE
10.30 "“ 12.30 - Co-operation in Practice, Chair: Hugh Donnelly
Graduating into Co-operative EnterpriseMike Sweatman "“ Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative
The Mondragon ExperienceFred Freundlich & Izaskun Alzola - Mondragon Unibertsitatea
Employees are doing it for themselves David Erdal "“ Baxi PartnershipQ&A
12.30 "“ 13.30 - LUNCH
13.30 "“ 14.30 - Co-operative Enterprise in Higher Education, Chair: Elizabeth Macknight
Developing our future leaders of Co-operative EnterpriseDiarmuid McDonnell "“ Co-operative Education Trust Scotland
Growing the Scottish Co-operative EconomySarah Deas - Co-operative Development Scotland
The Bigger Picture: Co-operative Enterprise in all its formsStephen Kelly - Co-operation and Mutuality Scotland
14.30 "“ 17.00 - The Future of Co-operation, Chair: Hugh Donnelly
Roundtable discussion session featuring:
Fred Freundlich "“ Mondragon UnibertsitateaJohn Struthers "“ University of the West of ScotlandMartin Parker "“ Warwick Business School
Discussion will focus on the following four topics:
- Relationship between employee ownership and productivity - are employee owned businesses more efficient?- Public and political support for co-operative/employee-owned sector - is the mutualisation of public services just another form of democratic public ownership or back door privatisation?- Why employee-ownership is something that is done to employees - if employee ownership is such a good thing, why isn't it in more demand?- The teaching of alternative forms of enterprise - where do the business schools and universities stand in this?
17.00 - CLOSE
Registrations for the Thursday afternoon workshops and the conference (including the drinks reception) are free.
Please return registration forms using the following mediums to confirm your attendance at the workshops and/or conference:
by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
fao Diarmuid McDonnellCo-operative Education Trust Scotland87 Bath StreetGlasgowG2 2EE
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