Economics for the 99%: Co-operatives in Victoria
Cardijn Community Australia invites people to a Saturday Morning at Trades Hall for a series of snapshots of the past, present and future of the co-operative movement in Victoria.
When: 8.30 – 12.45, Saturday 11th August 2012
Where: Victorian Trades Hall Council, cnr Victoria & Lygon Streets, Carlton South
Cost: $10 (waged) or by donation.
Contacts: Antony McMullen: 0418 223 517; David Moloney: firstname.lastname@example.org
From rural communities in Australia to the ‘occupy’ movement co-operatives being formed in the US – something is happening. People are looking to a new way of doing business that is grounded in the democratic and participatory tradition of co-operative enterprise.
People at this gathering at Trades Hall will hear brief reflections and commentaries from pioneering co-operative activists and present scholars of the post Second World War co-operative movement (based in the Young Christian Worker movement). Some cutting edge co-operative start-ups will also be showcased. This review of contemporary co-operatives will be followed by an opportunity to put participants’ ideas in a general discussion.
Exciting speakers include: the Hon Race Mathews, author of ‘Jobs of Our Own’, a major work on co-operative history and the mutual economic miracle in the Mondragon region of Spain; and international Cardijn researcher Stefan Gigacz who will speak on ‘Cardijn and the Christian Co-operative Tradition’.
Cameron Neil (ex-Fairtrade - now NetBalance) will be joining us to talk about: “Food and co-operation: local and global perspectives."
Kristen Hobby (local community development advocate), who will facilitate a session on co-operative futures and building a network for local community and enterprise development.
Also, the event will feature Dave Kerin from the Earthworker Co-Operative, a new initiative endorsed by the ACTU to build co-operative enterprise.
This event has been endorsed by Creative Ministries Network (a UnitingCare agency).
(Note: Monash academic Shelley Marshall - an expert on homeworkers in the clothing industry - was scheduled to speak but will be communicating to the gathering via a short clip or message)
Presenters’ talks will be videoed and uploaded onto YouTube. Thanks to the Victorian Trades Hall Council for providing the venue and to the following organisations have endorsed this event: