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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: dmo74189@bigpond.net.au

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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.  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 (and Eureka’s Future), 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)

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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:

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