Author Archives: David Smith

About David Smith

A lifelong co-operative activist. Former roles: Co-op Foundation Trustee; Co-op Group Main Board, Specialist Board & National Values & Principles Committee; Co-op Group Senate; Co-op Group Wales Regional Board, South Wales Area Committee. Public service includes Government Food Adviser; UK Healthcare Regulator. David directed the first EC funded Wales Anti-Poverty Programme; and pioneered co-operative & community initiatives: free legal services, community-based housing associations, care and repair, pre-school & adventure play, local Co-op Development Agencies, multipurpose Social Care Co-operatives. Founded: Cardiff Student Community Action, Welsh Food Alliance & Wales Progressive Co-operators. Board Member, Newport Credit Union; Robert Owen Memorial Museum Trustee. Former Lecturer, Gwent Tertiary College, Graduate Ruskin College, Oxford and UC Cardiff + PGCE, MA (European Human Resource Management) Keele; Professional Food & Management qualifications.

Review of the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 presents a significant opportunity

The Law Commission is the official law reform body for England and Wales. It has been asked by Government to “review the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 to see if any reform is needed to ensure that the … Continue reading

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Building a Collaborative Future: Law Commission Review: Radical Perspectives: Have your say!

Robert Owen Day online event Building a Collaborative Future: Law Commission Review: Radical Perspectives Saturday, 11 May 2024 10 am – 12.10 pm Organised by Co-ops & Mutuals Wales. For more details, + to register, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/building-a-co-operative-futurelaw-commission-review-radical-perspectives-tickets-869609022997 or contact david@cooperatives-wales.coop … Continue reading

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A Co-op visionary – Mark Drakeford is a rare politician who has sought to advance co-operative solutions

Mark is a rare politician who has sought to advance co-operative solutions – and made his actions speak louder than his words. He also understood the importance of co-operative learning in informing and sustaining co-operative action. Mark advocated a cultural … Continue reading

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Here’s to Eliza Brierley, spinster of Oldham, weaver. The first female member of the Rochdale Equitable Pioneers Society.

On International Women’s Day, we are thinking of Eliza Brierley. A woman of great importance …a woman we know little about. In 1846 she paid her £1 membership and joined the Cooperative movement. She is  acknowledged as the first female … Continue reading

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Co-ops & Mutuals Wales speak with Llandridnod Wells U3A members 12 February 2024

Very pleased to have been invited to speak with Llandridnod Wells U3A on the emergence, philosophy & achievements of British Co-operative movement @MetropoleHotel. Self-organised adult education at its best. Thanks to Co-op Heritage Trust for their support.

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’The Co-operative Movement  Needs Women and Women Need the Co-operative Movement’

Sat, 1 Jul 2023 09:45 – 11:40 a.m. BST Pat Juby: Co-ops & Mutuals Wales introduces ’The Co-operative Movement  Needs Women and Women Need the Co-operative Movement’ Session 1 – 10.00 – 10.45 a.m. Speaker: Debbie Robinson, Chief Executive of Central England … Continue reading

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Funding Our Future – Robert Owen Day 2023 contribution by Richard M Murphy

Funding Our Future The left must create a sustainable economy by putting all the resources available within society to best use, including those that the market fails to use to best effect. Robert Owen Day – and the need for … Continue reading

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How big things get done! Robert Owen Day / Sut y cyflawnir pethau mawr! Diwrnod Robert Owen

How big things get done! Robert Owen Day  Saturday 13th May 2023 10 am -12.30 pm online Session One  10.00 – 11.10 am Key Note contribution, Mark Drakeford MS, First Minister, Welsh Government ‘A new economic narrative for the left’ with … Continue reading

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Pioneer Robert Owen’s Impact: Co-operation & Education – Saturday 12th November 2022 – Zoom

We now have a new date. Thanks for your patience.

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Robert Owen’s Coop Legacy: Community Wealth Building – slides used by Neil McInroy on 14 May 2022

You can download the presentation here Robert Owen – Neil McInroy  

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Explore the roots of Community Wealth Building / Foundational Economy a quarter of a millennium after his birth. Free online event ‘Robert Owen’s Impact: Learning lessons for co-operation and education’

Explore the roots of Community Wealth Building / Foundational Economy a quarter of a millennium after his birth. Free online event ‘Robert Owen’s Impact: Learning lessons for co-operation and education’ with Prof. Chris Williams, University College Cork, Cork. Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pioneer-robert-owens-impact-learning-lessons-for-co-operation-education-tickets-318910819847  A … Continue reading

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Pioneer Robert Owen’s Impact: Learning Lessons for Co-operation & Education

FREE ONLINE EVENT: Saturday, July 2nd, 2022 Download the event programme (English, pdf) | Lawrlwythwch rhaglen y digwyddiad (Cymraeg, pdf) Register for your FREE ticket on Eventbrite. Lecture: ‘Robert Owen & co-operation’ by Prof Chris Williams with audience’s contributions to … Continue reading

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Those who opt to make history and change the course of events

“Those who opt to make history and change the course of events themselves have an advantage over those who decide to wait passively for the results of the change.” – Father José María Arizmendiarrieta

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Building on Robert Owen’s Co-operative Legacy

FREE ONLINE EVENT: Saturday 14th May 2022: 9.55-12.05 Download the Programme (English, pdf) | Lawrlwythwch y Rhaglen (Cymraeg, pdf) To reserve your FREE ticket to this Zoom Online event, please register here

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A CO-OPERATIVE EDUCATION SYSTEM FOR A CO-OPERATIVE WALES? A Community of Enquiry Report April 8, 2017

A CO-OPERATIVE EDUCATION SYSTEM FOR A CO-OPERATIVE WALES? Summary The Welsh word ‘dysgu’ means both teaching and learning. This underlines the fact that learning should not be something handed down from teacher to pupil. It should be a collaborative effort … Continue reading

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Best wishes / New Year Greetings from Co-ops & Mutuals Wales with our favourite quote from Joe Reeves

Joseph (Joe) Reeves was born on 28 January 1888 in Camberwell, London. His childhood was impoverished and he left school at 13. He was a conscientious objector during World War I.  Joe was Education Secretary of the Royal Arsenal Co-operative … Continue reading

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Civic society ambition for a Community Bank in Wales supported by Monmouthshire BS & Welsh Government

https://gov.wales/economy-minister-sets-out-plans-banc-cambria-wales-new-community-bank Welsh Government statement issued today. Excellent cross-party support for Monmouthshire Building Society backing a civic society mutual intiative for a community bank – long in the making in Wales. Many more miles to travel. Mutuals are member controlled. If … Continue reading

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Coop identity, culture & heritage session International Co-operative Alliance, Seoul, World Co-op Congress, 1 December 2021

As part of Congress’s first key theme, Examining Our Co-operative Identity, delegates gathered on the afternoon of 1 December in Seoul and online to discuss cooperative and cultural heritage. In 2016, UNESCO formally recognised cooperatives as an Intangible Cultural Heritage … Continue reading

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Robert Owen – One of Wales’s greatest political icons

https://www.thenational.wales/news/19737010.robert-owen—one-waless-greatest-political-icons/ 

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Why do we know so little about a man whose work is revered across the world?

Francis Jones explores the life and work of Welsh businessman and social reformer Robert Owen: why do we know so little about a man whose work is revered across the world? https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000z4vj The radio programme is on this evening, 31st … Continue reading

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