The ICA Global Youth Network is organising a free all-day workshop on 27 November 2021 in the Republic of Korea prior to the 33rd ICA World Cooperative Congress.
Chhoan journeyed from Cambodia’s killing fields to work with the Inuit community of Nunavik as Senior Manager of the Socio-Economic Development for Fédération des coopératives du Nouveau-Québec, and will share his expertise in Congress session 3.4, ‘For Strengthening the Community’.
Last month, as part of the preparations for Congress, Bruno Roelants travelled to Seoul to thank the Korean cooperative and government partners for their hard work.
Revisiting the important role cooperatives play in positive peace.
To celebrate the International Day of Peace, we looked at how three cooperatives are helping to maintain peace in Rwanda, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Guatemala.
Om Devi Malla is the Senior Vice-Chair of the National Cooperative Federation of Nepal and sits on the global board of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA). She is a campaigner for peace and women’s equality and at the World Cooperative Congress is chairing the session exploring how cooperatives should be Committing to our Cooperative Identity … For Peace and Equality (session 3.2). Following World Peace Day (21 September), she shares her thoughts on the connection between peace and the cooperative identity.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section.
As the countdown to Congress continues, we have many new names joining the lineup.
The Congress will be a hybrid event, taking place both in person in Seoul, and online. For participants attending Congress online, all sessions will be broadcast live in the Korean time zone (GMT+9). For those who cannot attend during the scheduled times, all the sessions will be recorded and made available online via the Congress online platform for viewing at a later time.
The world marked International Youth Day on 12 August, to highlight the challenges facing young people – and campaigners are highlighting the benefits of working together through cooperatives. The cooperative model – which brings the benefits of mutual support, economic ownership and autonomy at work – is uniquely placed to help young people negotiate their uncertain future of work.
Embrace the Cooperative Way to Rebuild the Future: 100 Days to CongressAriel Guarco Today marks 100 days to the 33rd World Cooperative Congress, and this year more than any other, I am very proud to be attending this event in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 1-3 December. Congress will be the first opportunity since the …
“In less than five months, I will be travelling to Seoul, Republic of Korea, for the 33rd World Cooperative Congress. For the first time, our Congress will be a hybrid event—the cooperative movement will come together in person, or online from their home countries, from 1-3 December. This promises to be an exciting time for all of us, as the Congress will be accessible to many more people than ever before.”
“The cooperative identity is not a single great human invention, but rather a complex of human wisdom helping each other to overcome the difficulties in reality. That wisdom will keep us from getting lost even in the dark night, and when we get lost, it will help us find our way back.”
ILO Director-General Guy Ryder took the time to share with us his vision for continued partnerships between ILO and the cooperative movement leading up to Congress. He also extended the call for stronger collaboration in 2022, starting with the 110th International Labor Conference, where cooperatives and the social solidarity economy will play leading roles, signalling a global recognition of their value within the world of work.
Nine more names from eight countries have been announced for the ICA World Cooperative Congress in December. The global hybrid event, which will be held online and in Seoul, Republic of Korea, will feature cooperative professionals, specialists and activists, who will take part in sessions on ‘Examining’, ‘Strengthening’, ‘Committing to’ and ‘Living’ our Cooperative Identity.
As the countdown to Congress continues, the line up of speakers and facilitators is growing! Cooperators from different countries and different sectors will join together on the 3-day Congress platform to explore the idea of Deepening the Cooperative Identity. Who has been confirmed recently?
“It is increasingly clear that the cooperative identity and the structure of cooperative enterprises are relevant, unique, and identifiable. A cooperative can be different things to different people, but the ICA’s Statement of Cooperative Identity unifies a diverse group of cooperative enterprises within a very diverse movement and helps distinguish cooperative enterprises from other enterprises.”
What is in the programme? Where can I find out more?
The final details of the programme are being confirmed, but there is lots of information on the website ready to explore! Here you can find out more about the World Cooperative Congress – including speakers and the main themes of the event, as well as news and updates about the event.
All ICA members, ICA bodies, academic institutions and other organisations linked to the cooperative movement and who care about the cooperative business model are encouraged to host events or initiatives under the banner “Towards the World Cooperative Congress” as we move to prepare for the 33rd ICA World Cooperative Congress. Focusing on the Cooperative Identity, this event will be convened in Seoul, Republic of Korea in December 2021. These events can start as early as you choose and must be held at the latest by November 19, 2021. These can include (but are not limited to) webinars, in person/hybrid workshops, etc. It’s up to you!
Over the last year the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) asked cooperative researchers and practitioners around the world to submit ideas for panels and discussions on the cooperative identity for the ICA Cooperative Research Conference and the 3rd International Forum on Cooperative Law (28-30 November 2021 in Seoul, the Republic of Korea).
A total of 225 proposals were received from around 50 countries; signaling the importance to have meaningful conversations in 2021 about what it means to be a cooperative.
An interview with Sung-hee Lee, chairman of the National Agricultural Cooperative Federation and president of the International Cooperative Association.
The National Agricultural Cooperative Federation (NACF, or NongHyup) in Korea, is one of the co-organisers of the World Cooperative Congress. Established in 1961, it is the apex organisation for the 1,118 multifunctional cooperatives, representing over 2 million member farmers in Korea. We spoke with Sung-hee Lee, chairman of the NACF and president of the International Cooperative Agricultural Organisation (ICAO, a sectoral body of the ICA) to hear his thoughts on what the Congress means to the country, and what the cooperative identity means to Korean cooperators.
Key lessons on leadership from the 25 Voices initiative were presented at last month’s Global Youth Forum, hosted online by #Coops4Dev. The initiative was launched in early 2021 to promote the World Cooperative Congress. Three members of 25 Voices formed the “It’s Now and Forever” panel and called for “cross-generational and inclusive” leadership and urged the cooperative movement to remove barriers between younger and older members.
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COVID-19 has highlighted the perils of valuing short-term gains over longer-term viability. This has accentuated the pitfalls of relying on market-oriented models which increase inequality and translate into lower levels of ‘social capital’ and wellbeing. It has also brought to the fore the importance of the ‘real’ economy (which generates goods and services) and the role of cooperatives within this.
A new international cooperative entrepreneurship competition for 16-24-year-olds has been launched. Called the Mondragón City Challenge after the sponsoring town in the Basque region of Spain, it is aimed at developing business management skills in secondary school, vocational training and university students across the world.
“Cooperatives are a model that enfranchises people regardless of gender, race, ethnicity and religion. Since they began, co-ops have empowered women around the world. Co-ops gave women the right to vote 100 years before the earliest western democracies.”