The final day of our Centenary Conference will see us focus on the future, with workshops exploring how we can build a co-operative economy, the progress made on bringing a Co-operative University to life, and the unique relationship between co-ops and unions. With keynote addresses from Bruno Roelants, Director General of the International Co-operative Alliance and Julie Ward, Member of the European Parliament, plus the unveiling of our new five year strategy, this is a finale you won't want to miss!

And Now The Future

09:00 Registration and Refreshments

10:00 Welcome and Launch of The Co-operative College Strategy 2020-2025: Nigel Todd, Chair of Trustees, The Co-operative College

10:20 Keynote Nine: Bruno Roelants - Director General, International Co-operative Alliance


10:40 Workshops

Your chance to choose one of the workshops outlined below.

Workshop 11: Co-ops and the Sustainable Development Goals in Focus (Amanda Benson, Co-operative College)

Co-ops have the potential to address many of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but there are some key goals that co-ops are particularly well placed to address.  This session will introduce the SDGs using a range of 'hands on' activities that demonstrate how co-ops can act as positive agents of change to achieve them.

Workshop 12: Union Co-ops - A Manifesto for Decent Work (Alex Bird and Dr Anita Mangan)

How can co-ops and unions work together to secure decent work for all? Alex Bird and Dr Anita Mangan will discuss this and more as part of their interactive workshop session.

Workshop 13: Building a Co-operative Economy (Colm Massey - Solidarity Economy Association)

More details coming soon!

Workshop 14: Rochdale Citizens and Adult Education (Helen Chicot, Rochdale Council)

More details coming soon!


11:40 Refreshments

11:50 Plenary: Education for a Better World: Ideas, Plans and Proposals

Panel: Simon Parkinson - Chief Executive and Principal, Co-operative College (Chair) | Baroness Glenys Thornton | Donna Dizon, VP - Administration and Corporate Planing Executive Director, CLIMBS Life and General Insurance Co-operative, Philippines | Jim McMahon, Member of Parliament| Dr Malliki Kumar, Shri Ram College of Commerce, India| Julie Ward, Vice President of the Culture and Education committee at the European Parliament 

The world is increasingly divided at the local, national and international level.

The rise of populism and the associated questions around identity and our relationships with others, at a community, regional, national and international level presents the risk of increased isolation and self-protection.

Paradoxically the big issues we face - climate change, food poverty, the changing nature of work, both in terms of automation and working practices, a rise in violent crime and an ageing population, with the associated health and wellbeing concerns, all require co-operative approaches if they are to be tackled effectively.

Can a renewed focus on community based, co-operative education and learning help address the problems we face?

Are there examples of co-operative approaches, which from around the world, which have brought different groups together and helped communities to help themselves?

What are the necessary political and policy responses needed to re-connect our communities at the local, regional, national and international level? 

Our Panel will discuss this and offer views on potential ways forward before opening the session up into a Q&A with contributions from delegates.

13:20 Official Close

13:30 Lunch

14:00 Fringe Meetings

Like the look of day three? Then take a look at day one and day two as well!

There are also still a limited number of £100 tickets remaining which give access to all three days of our Centenary Conference plus our Gala Dinner! See more information over in our ticketing area

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