Author Archives: Callum Johnston

Report: Adult Learning in the Community for the Community

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

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Holyoake on Change

When quoting George Jacob Holyoake a leading co-operative pioneer, Stephen Yeo explains in his latest book A Useable Past: Volume 1: Victorian Agitator (2016)    ‘in politics nothing approaches; everything has to be fetched.’ ‘Progression depends upon ourselves.’ 

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Change

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)

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The Wisdom of Citizen Clem

The Wisdom of Citizen Clem – individually & collectively we can make a change #coops #cooperation #together by socialcoopforumwales Chilling out in a sunny climate after organising three events over the past twelve months developing the future of Co-operative Education in … Continue reading

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Adult Learning in the Community for the Community

I Pictures by Chris Hall of the recent C&MW/ALW event held at Cartrefi Cymru Coop. Speakers shown include Tom O’Kane, Toni Schiavone and Dafydd Rhys. A report on the day will be published.

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Robin Murray, posthumous award

The 2017 Albert Medal is awarded posthumously to Robin Murray for pioneering work in social innovation. Robin Murray was a visionary social and economic thinker, whose life’s work was guided by a profound commitment to mutuality and cooperation.  David Smith comments: A very … Continue reading

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A new event facilitated by CMW

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 … Continue reading

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From Chris Hall: North & Mid Wales Co-operative Party Education Policy Submission: A Co-operative Education Policy for Wales

  Is there a need for Co-operative Education in Wales? What would an ‘excellent‘ Co-operative Education system in Wales look like? How can Co-operative Education in schools engage communities and embrace adult learning? Can curriculum development and teacher training be … Continue reading

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Are you treated with dignity? A post on Ed Mayo’s blog

Ed Mayo talks about businesses trying to bring dignity into their care services. Are you treated with dignity? New options in health and social care [Cartrefi Cymru Co-operative is a not-for-profit multi-stakeholder co-operative that supports people with learning disabilities in Wales, … Continue reading

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Coop Education Report Published

The report into last April’s Cooperative Education Community of Enquiry is now available to download. Cooperative Education: Cooperative Wales

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Researchers from the Japanese Consumer Co-operative Institute visit Wales

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 … Continue reading

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Japan Study Tour Update

Japan Study Tour Update 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 … Continue reading

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Robin Murray

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   Photo:Bethany Murray David Smith writes: I … Continue reading

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An event surely not to miss!

23rd June – Cardiff How we can build a culture that embeds co-operative and mutual principles and collaborative approaches in Welsh life. For tickets, go to:- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/building-a-co-operative-country-tickets-33583370766 Someone who knows says: “A must attend event for all Welsh Co-operators”

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Co-operative Group AGM Motion 9

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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An Invitation

David Smith, Secretary of Co-operatives and Mutual Wales, writes: Thanks to everyone who attended, or expressed a keen interest, in our 1st and 2nd Co-op Education events, both of which have been interesting and successful, such that we are now turning … Continue reading

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Community Care Co-ops and the Rural Challenge

C&MW’s congratulates Plunkett on this rural  English initiative and warmly welcomes shared working with the innovative Welsh Care to Co-operate venture.

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Japan – Wales Study Tour

Co-operatives and Mutuals Wales has been instrumental in organising a two day study tour of Social Co-ops in Wales for researchers from Japan. Mr Koichi Sato, from the Consumers Co-operative Institute of Japan has a particular interest in the activities of … Continue reading

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Community of Enquiry report

To read the Coop News report on the event ‘A Co-operative Education for a Co-operative Wales?’ follow this link:https://www.thenews.coop/116686/sector/regional-organisations/a-co-operative-education-for-a-co-operative-wales/ To read in Welsh (courtesy of Emrys Roberts, Cardiff) follow this link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/phflz20gvt0de15/CoE%28%20Welsh%29.doc?dl=0

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Support Community Wind Power!

Awel is a Community Benefit Society and its project owns and run two 2.35MW Enercon wind turbines on Mynydd y Gwrhyd, 20 miles north of Swansea. These turbines will produce clean, low carbon energy and are forecast to generate an … Continue reading

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