Solutions in Enterprise
An additional important workshop was held in the CPD suite of the MacRobert building prior to the main conference. It featured interactive and informative activities for a diverse audience of Education students, Management students, and some Psychology students.
The workshop was kicked off by a student co-operative from the university itself, Veg Bag. Veg Bag provide students, staff and the wider community alike with fresh, seasonal and organic fruit and vegetables every Wednesday on campus. The service is run as a co-operative, with each member paying 6 pounds to join the scheme. A member is then entitled to 2 jute bags, access to the weekly service and more importantly, an equal say in how the scheme operates. Democracy underpins the success of the Veg Bag co-operative.
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Next up was an interesting and highly interactive activity facilitated by 2 academics from Mondragon University, Fred Freundlich and Izaskun Alzola. Mondragon University is situated in the Basque country of Northern Spain. The area has a rich tradition of fostering and developing highly successful worker co-operatives. The activity focused on people's perceptions of ownership, in respect to the relationship between capital and labour.
Meaning of Ownership
Finally, Morag Pendry, from Co-operative Education Trust Scotland, guided the audience through the resources that are available to aid understanding of co-operatives and the application of co-operative enterprise education in the wider scheme of education.