David Smith recommends a blog post by Ed Mayo. https://edmayo.wordpress.com/2018/04/18/fake-non-profits-2/
David Smith recommends a blog post by Ed Mayo. https://edmayo.wordpress.com/2018/04/18/fake-non-profits-2/
‘BBC Radio 4 British Socialism: The Grand Tour – Series 1: From Robert Owen to Keir Hardie Episodes 15 minutes.‘Anne McElvoy traces the emergence of British socialism through the 19th century, from Robert Owen’s visionary schemes for a society based on villages sharing goods in common, to the arrival of Labour MPs in Parliament 1906’
The omnibus edition is on Friday evening at 21:00 – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09rzxh9‘
A link to the third C&MW event, held last November can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/43ch4a0ono551bc/CMW%20Co-operative%20conference%2018%3A11%3A17%20report%20%20.pdf?dl=0
David Smith remembers a speech by Barack Obama:
“Change will not come about if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for”. (Chicago 2008)
Chilling out in a sunny climate after organising three events over the past twelve months developing the future of Co-operative Education in Wales with Co-ops and Mutuals Wales, I have just finished reading “Citizen Clem: A Biography of Attlee: Winner of the Orwell Prize” by John Bew which I started reading six months ago.
The most memorable aspect can be found at the last few pages of the book that identify the contribution we can all make if we are to rebuild Co-operation as a social movement. This will be through our individual and collective endeavours.
At our next Social Co-operation Forum on December 15th 2017, Donna Coyle speaks about the outcome of a recent consultation response submitted by Care to Co-operate/Wales Co-operative Centre and others who shared their position.
Two types of small co-operatives are now to be exempted from Regulation as a domiciliary care / support service ‘Written Statement – Implementation of service regulation under the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016’ . The types are:
How does this relate to “Citizen Clem”? This book is an excellent single volume about an unassuming person who has achieved much in his lifetime. Atlee left an indelible mark on British society by bringing about radical reform whilst leading the Labour Party for twenty years and as Prime Minister from 1945-1951.
In 1937, Bew refers to Attlee paraphrasing an excerpt from ‘A Dream of John Ball’, one of the leaders of the Peasants’ Revolt in England in 1381. But this time it came with Attlee’s twist.
‘It is true as was said in John Ball, that the things we fight for turn out to be different from what we hoped and have to be fought for in other ways, but what is not proven is that if those causes .. for which we strove would inevitably have come about in another way. There is no warrant in history for this. It is only an optimistic assumption”.
Bew adds, “Not only was it fatalistic to give up …; it was also dangerous. There was no guarantee that the things for which Attlee had striven all his life would come about if he left the battlefield to others”.
Individually and collectively we can make change. Let us build upon hard work undertaken over nearly a decade in Wales, for we cannot assume the change we wish to make can be left to others.
Secretary, Co-ops and Mutuals Wales
Speakers shown include Tom O’Kane, Toni Schiavone and Dafydd Rhys.
A report on the day will be published.
Adult Learning in the Community for the Community
Saturday 18th November @ Cartrefi Cymru Co-operative
This is the third event facilitated by Co-ops and Mutuals Wales aimed at highlighting the crucial role of Co-operative Education in building a Co-operative Wales. Our theme – Re-visioning Adult Community Learning for a Co-operative and Democratically Engaged and thriving Wales – is very timely with recent Government policy and review announcements on Adult Education. We are delighted that Addysg Oedolion Cymru/Adult Learning Wales will be co-sponsoring the day as part of their new democratic engagement curriculum and campaign to revitalise Adult Community Learning.
Places are limited: admission by invitation. £10 by cheque or cash on the day. For further details please contact David Smith: Secretary C&MW without delay! firstname.lastname@example.org (01633) 266781
9.30 Arrival and refreshments
10.00 Introductions: Sue Lyle
The Community of Enquiry Approach and asking conceptual questions – getting to know each other
10.20 Setting the scene – Think Piece 1: Tom O’Kane from Cae Tan, Swansea, biodynamic farm. Working with young people and local communities that demonstrates co-operative practices and adult learning in action.
10.40 Small group work response to Think Piece 1: What can we learn from a community-based small-scale cooperative project to help us re-envision Adult Community Learning?
11.00 Policy context – Think Piece 2: Professor David Reynolds, Acting Head, Swansea University School of Education Adult Community Education provision, including legislative/policy context, relevant international experience and ideas.
11.30 Small group work response to Think Piece 2: What are the assumptions of the Welsh Government and what are the implications for Adult Community Learning?
12.00 How do we do it? – Think Piece 3: Toni Schiavone. Former Director of the Basic Skills Agency in Wales and Head of the Welsh Government Basic Skills Unit, currently, Vice Chair ALW. Practical steps and policy arrangements required for adult education in a Co-operative and democratically engaged Wales – bilingual presentation.
12.30 Small group work response to Think Piece 3: How best can we seed and support grass roots Adult and Community Learning initiatives?
1.00 Lunch and Networking
2.00 Small group work: What questions arise for adult learning practitioners if we are to re-vision Adult Community Learning? Generating questions for enquiry.
2.40 Community of Enquiry
3.40 Next steps: What should we bring from today into our different contexts?
Is there a need for Co-operative Education in Wales?
Reference to co-operative and co-operation, is not therefore to be wrapped in complex theory or terminology. Using the word “co-operative” (small c) in a much more generalised, basic way could demonstrate the following features, facets and benefits of a co-operative approach to education:
Most people do not and will never be creating co-operatives, so this emphasis is more basic and connected with the every day reality of peoples’ lives and thus helps to make a connection more likely and a shared understanding easier. If we can all have co-operation in common, it is more likely to succeed.
A comprehensive co-operative education philosophy would be underpinned by co-operative values and principles*.
|* Co-operative Values & Principles
Members joining together and making a difference. Whether it’s supporting a national charity like British Red Cross or working in their local community.
Every member doing their bit, making our co-op a success by supporting its activities and using its products and services. They encourage others to support it too.
All members are equal. Voting power can’t be bought – it’s one member, one vote.
Our co-op gives all members an opportunity to get involved, like campaigning for fair trade.
Co-op is committed to fairness.
Together we’re stronger, so members join together to help their co-op achieve even more
Caring for others
Voluntary and open membership
Anyone over 16 who likes the way we do business can join.
Any member can vote, if they’ve spent £250 in a year. That’s only £4.80 a week.
Member economic participation
We want every member to be a loyal customer. It’s our responsibility to give them a good reason to be.
Autonomy and independence
We’re only accountable to our members, not shareholders.
Education, training and information
We’ll give members what they need to play a full part in our business, including all the information they need to make informed choices – whether that’s buying a funeral plan or a loaf of bread.
Co-operation among co-operatives
We work with, and support, other co-operatives in lots of areas, for example, jointly buying from our suppliers to keep prices lower for customers.
Concern for the community
We use our profits to support the local communities we serve and give back to members.
These values and principles will help take Wales through the transformative process necessary to bring about a more confident, independent, inclusive and cohesive society, united and pulling together in the same direction. A co-operative education policy will demonstrate features that mark out this change in direction towards equity, self-responsibility, self help and solidarity. These include:
|“Community of Enquiry” Process (rules of engagement):
One person starts and we all should listen
Education is at the heart of so much that determines all the key metrics of a strong, vibrant and cohesive nation: Levels of poverty, wealth, health, fitness even happiness, confidence and identity are inextricably linked to education. Hence taking the Welsh education system into a more radical co-operative philosophy could fundamentally affect all of the above for the better. These changes will take many years to establish and embed, but they relate far more to philosophy than to actual structural or physical changes, so that they relate to core values and beliefs, which once understood and shared more widely across Wales the educational transformation and breakthrough could be remarkably dramatic with amazing outcomes for all the communities, villages, towns and cities in Wales.
Chris Hall; North & Mid Wales Co-operative Party
Ed Mayo talks about businesses trying to bring dignity into their care services.
[Cartrefi Cymru Co-operative is a not-for-profit multi-stakeholder co-operative that supports people with learning disabilities in Wales, to lead fulfilled lives, at home and in the community. For more information see this video.]
The report into last April’s Cooperative Education Community of Enquiry is now available to download.
Researchers from the Japanese Consumer Co-operative Institute with Jeremy Miles AM chair of the Senedd Labour – Co-op Party Group today to discuss the hospitable policy environment in Wales.
Yukiko Yamasaki and Koichi Sato, researchers from the Japanese Consumer Co-operative Institute at a briefing meeting on Welsh Social Co-op and Citizen Directed models for delivering care services at Cartrefi Cymru Co-operative Cardiff HQ today. This in preparation for a report being prepared to support similar developments in Japan.
International Day of Co-operatives Celebration
Cartrefi Cymru Co-operative
5 Coopers Yard, Curran Road, Cardiff
Friday 30 June, 1.00pm
International Co-operators Day highlights we are part of a global movement that seeks to change people’s lives. Each year, the International Co-operative Alliance agrees a special focus and this year’s theme is ‘Co-operatives ensure that no one is left behind.’ We have taken this as an opportunity for knowledge transfer about member participation in co-operatives.
In collaboration with Co-ops and Mutuals Wales, the Social Co-operation Forum is hosting a visit to Wales for Mr Koichi Sato and Ms Yukiko Yamazaki from the Japanese Consumer Co-operative Institute.
Koichi Sato and I met at a Co-ops UK Congress in 2013. Co-op events are renowed for being hospitable and seeing Koichi on his own, we struck up a conversation which has continued since by sharing information of mutual interest.
From sharing information about Welsh Social Co-op developments, Koichi Sato expressed an interest in learning first hand about Disability Wales’ ‘Citizens Directed Co-operatives’. This lead to a visit being planned, and an invite being extended to fellow researcher Yukiko Yamazaki.
During their stay they meet with Care to Co-operate and Wales Co-op Centre colleagues to hear about our pioneering free social co-op support service; Jeff Brattan-Wilson, the Disability Wales Co-operative policy lead; visit our Senedd with Jeremy Miles, AM, chair of the Wales Parliamentary Labour Co-operative Group and participate in our 30 June Social Co-operation Forum meeting.
We are inviting co-operators to attend a lunch which will be followed by an informal discussion with their Japanese guests on ‘Meaningful participation in Co-operatives’. Yukiko will share research on voluntarism in Japanese healthcare co-operatives, whilst Koichi’s contribution includes: an overview of their consumer co-operative movement, co-operative education and member engagement.
The specific organisation of co-ops is very culture dependent. However, exporting into other cultures is risky. So is assuming, something that works in other cultures would work here. Words are not always as they seem, as I discovered talking with a Filipino Co-operative official over a meal the other night. Housing Co-ops in the Philippines, are not as we would understand them in the UK.
Co-operative education is one area where we can test our differences. In a recent exchange about an article, Koichi noted the Co-op Group’s campaign against loneliness by “giving communities money” as opposed to my emphasis on “giving communities the mental tools of self- help that can last a hundred years.” If you would like to attend, please e-mail Gemma.Murphy@wales.coop
As for a brief overview of Japanese Co-operative movement including consumer co-ops, the attached site will be a good information source for you. http://jccu.coop/eng/public/pdf/asia_2012_06.pdf
Facts & Figures: http://jccu.coop/eng/public/pdf/ff_2015.pdf
Roughly speaking, consumer co-ops in Japan have 28 million members.
Average amount of share per member is about £200, with total sales of £20 billion.
Members’ share of sales is 75 percent at stores and 100 percent at home delivery.
Our activities for peace: http://jccu.coop/eng/jccunews/pdf/201608_jccunews.pdf
International Day of Co-operatives i2016: http://jccu.coop/eng/jccunews/pdf/201607_jccunews.pdf
Lecture on Co-ops to university students: http://jccu.coop/eng/jccunews/pdf/201602_jccunews.pdf
Event organised by BECTU/CULT CYMRU and Wales Co-op Centre for self employed creatives interested in co-operative working.
Wednesday June 21st, Theatr Soar, Pontmorlais West, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47, Wales
To book, go to:-
Co-operator and Industrial Economist, author of ‘Co-operation in the Age of Google’, Robin Murray has died. For an appreciation by Hilary Wainwright please follow this link. https://www.opendemocracy.net/neweconomics/life-robin-murray-visionary-economist/
For the Guardian obituary, follow this linkhttps://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/jun/19/robin-murray-obituary?CMP=share_btn_link
David Smith writes:
I will always remember Robin Murray as a person unable to contain his passion for people and ideas. He was fascinated by the particular exemplary initiatives, how they worked, the conditions for their success, and the opportunities presented. This was exemplified by his work as Director of Industry in the Greater London Council and later, Director of Development in the Government of Ontario. http://beyondthetechrevolution.com/team/robin-murray/
His most significant contributions to the Co-operative Movement was his seminal draft report commissioned by Co-operatives UK, following Ed Mayo’s appointment as Secretary General https://www.uk.coop/sites/default/files/uploads/attachments/co-operation_in_the_age_of_google.pdf
Robin saw strengthening existing co-operative development infrastructure as part of a wider question. That is how changes in private and public services are driven by information technology opening up opportunites for co-operative innovation. His brief also covered current developments in social innovation, community development and international development.
The strength of this report was in its common sense approach in vividly articulating the power of Co-operation, with a visionary freshness about its purpose and the practical means in achieving its realisation across the whole economy. It had the intellectual reach, the like of which we may probably not see again, although some found it challenging.
When reviewing his highly stimulating report (Co-op News, February 2011), I argued it would be of “equal significance to the neglected Gaitskell Commission (1956); or Dr Laidlaw’s report ‘Co-operatives and the Year 2000’ (1983). We would be foolish to ignore this one, written for a fundamentally different age”.
I first met Robin in 2010 at the CUK Congress where we had an intensive conversation about his report which provided a strong analysis and compelling recommendations. This is now extensively cited, but at the time it was ignored by some in the Co-operative movement who should have known better.
When Welsh Government proposed a Co-operative and Mutuals Commission in 2012, I sought Robin’s agreement to be nominated as a Commissioner which he modestly declined. Fortunately, he was persuaded to do so and played a crucial role, including his clear grasp of members taking action to meet their needs. He actively ensured a valued Commission report, sharpened up its recommendations and subsequently followed up its work.
Robin supported Wales Progressive Co-operators in championing Social Care Co-operatives.This campaign from 2008 lead to a major breakthrough in social care policy with its focus upon co-operative solutions contained in the Social Care and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014.
Welsh Progressive Co-operators were the recipients of his excellent advice about the importance of quality. I fondly recall Robin emphasising this in marketing Café Direct as a Fair Trade product, which of course equally applies to social care.
His work in establishing Twin Trading provides an important insight into the values of networking and collaboration: how individual initiatives have shaped what Fair Trade is and how it works, and where ordinary individuals and small institutions serve as extraordinary role models for the movement.
I know how difficult it is to lose an important person in one’s life. When my mother, Hilda Smith died in 2013, Robin said that departed loved ones are always with us. This made me reflect and was inspired to build upon her legacy. It also explains my focus upon Co-operative Education if we are to build a Co-operative Wales. May we all be inspired by Robin in our future work when actively promoting ‘Co-operation in the Age of Google’.
Alex Bird writes
I worked with Robin on the Age of Google, which involved long discussions on worker ownership and the french retail co-operative business model, and also, later, on a worldwide Principal Six networking event at the Twin Trading AGM in Abergavenny in September 2010. He was a delight to work with; very bright, very kind, and above all very co-operative in the way he worked. He made a great contribution to the movement. He will be sorely missed.
How we can build a culture that embeds co-operative and mutual principles and collaborative approaches in Welsh life.
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Someone who knows says: “A must attend event for all Welsh Co-operators”
CMW Executive Member Chris Hall tackled the issue of pay ratios at the Co-operative Group’s AGM last Saturday.
To see him talking about the motion, watch this clip:https://vimeo.com/218332690
To read the transcript follow this link:https://www.dropbox.com/s/gori9b3jzoaqlsk/Chris%20Hall%20pay%20ratios.pdf?dl=0
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