Webinar: The Evolution of Cooperative Identity | WisCommunity


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Democracy and equity. Self-help and solidarity. Concern for community.

Since 1844, co-operative enterprise been guided by the principles established by the Rochdale Pioneers in the North of England. Well, yes — but not quite. In founding their co-op, the Pioneers were building on many experiments that came before them. And while their model spread rapidly, it was not until 1937 that the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) distilled their rules into a set of formal guidelines for a diverse, cross-sector movement serving communities around the world. Updated over time in response to changing social, political and economic conditions, these principles were last updated in 1995. In this webinar, we will discuss the evolution of the co-operative identity, how co-ops have worked to be responsive to the needs of their time, and how these values and principles will be at the center of the 33rd World Co-operative Congress coming up in December.

Join Erbin Crowell, Executive Director of the Neighboring Food Co-op Association and former Chair of National Cooperative Business Association, and special guest Martin Lowery, U.S. Representative to the Board of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) and Executive Vice President, Emeritus, of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), for this important conversation.



Jun 22 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
National Farmers Union