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The New Co-operative
Thu. 6 April 2017, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm AWST
We live in an increasingly uncertain, complex and ambiguous world, where resilience, flexibility and innovation is needed to thrive. But the structures we use to organise ourselves and our lives today were not created for this environment; the organisational models we use are based on outdated assumptions, which are no longer relevant in our society and culture. As author Douglas Rushkoff says; "we are running a 21st century digital economy on a 13th Century printing-press era operating system".
So we need new ways of organising our lives, workplaces and communities. We need lighter structures. We know that collaboration is necessary, which must be reflected in new organisational forms. We also know that models based on top-down hierarchical decision-making must be replaced by more democratic and flat ones, where ownership and power is shared. The future must be created by all rather than the few.
But what would these new models look like? In this series of workshops we will explore this question and examine some global trends and case studies. What are the characteristics and principles of these models?
What are some challenges and benefits with each? And how can we in WA apply these models to create our new organisations?
Thursday 6 April 6 - 8PM
THE NEW CO-OPERATIVES
Co-operatives have been around for a long time; traditionally in farming, wholesale and retail. But the co-op has currently had a revival in other fields, such as housing, food, energy and transport. In this workshop we will look at some international and Australian initiatives and their characteristics, such as values, principles, decision making, ownership and responsibility. We'll explore what a co-operative is, what the pros and cons of this model are, and also look at some of the basic how-tos in forming and running a co-op.
This event is part of a workshop series of three on the 'The Future of Organisations'. The other remaining workshop in the series is:
Thursday 11 May 6 - 8PM
The freelance economy is booming with more than 30% of the Australian workforce working for themselves. Freedom and flexibility are the main incentives for people who have chosen to work this way. But there are negatives too. Lack of structure, social isolation and inconsistent work can make the freelancer life very
difficult. To tackle these challenges, some of these workers now organise themselves in new types of collaborative networks. We will look atcase studies such as Wellington's Enspiral network and the local
enkel collective. An overview of tools, technologies and practices that are used to make these networked communities work are also presented. For more info / to register...