Quarta-feira, 18 de Abril de 2012
The amazing power of cooperatives coming to the ICA Expo
The international scope of the Summit and ICA Expo, and their inclusion of all cooperative sectors, make them two of the cooperative world’s not to be missed events for 2012. They will help the International Year of Cooperatives pave the way for the decade of cooperatives.
Both events share the same goals: facilitate discussions and networking opportunities between cooperatives from around the world, and encourage business partnerships. But in addition to business opportunities, the Summit will also be a chance for cooperatives to draw on the movement’s best practices, learn from their peers, and ensure the development and longevity of cooperative businesses.
This first International Summit of Cooperatives, which aspires to become a regular event, will be held in Quebec City, Canada, this coming October 8 to 11. It will bring together some 1,500 leaders, delegates, stakeholders, decision-makers and researchers from the cooperative world, representing 90 different countries and a wide range of cooperative sectors.
World-renowned speakers and unpublished studies
The Summit will welcome over 130 keynote speakers, who will discuss current and future challenges shared by cooperatives. These speakers include prominent figures such as Jacques Attali, Nobel prize recipients such as A. Michael Spence, leading contributors from the cooperative sector and academics such as Riccardo Petrella, as well as various presidents and CEOs of cooperative businesses such as Peter Marks, CEO of The Co-operative Group (United Kingdom), host of the ICA Expo in Manchester.
During the Summit, the results of six groundbreaking studies will also be revealed by McKinsey & Company (major global trends and challenges, development strategies, best practices), Deloitte (productivity, financing and capitalization), Ipsos-UQAM (member expectations) and the Institut de recherche et d’éducation pour les coopératives et les mutuelles de l’Université de Sherbrooke - IRECUS (socio-economic impact of cooperatives). These results will then be shared during the ICA Expo.
The amazing power of cooperatives
There is no doubt that cooperatives will have a greater role to play in the coming years. The future belongs to businesses that put human capital ahead of financial capital, not those that seek excessive returns, which, as we’ve seen, can lead to disastrous economic results. The Summit and ICA Expo can play a pivotal role in this respect, which is why we’re encouraging as many representatives from the cooperative movement as possible to participate in these two milestone events of the International Year of Cooperatives.
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