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

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Saturday 12th November 2022 – Zoom

9.55 – 11.00 amRobert Owen’s Impact: Co-operation & Education – Part 1

Welcome and chair: Mick Antoniw Labour & Co-operative MS for Pontypridd, Counsel General for Wales

Speaker: Professor Chris Williams, University College Cork, Cork

‘Robert Owen and co-operation’ – Among the many movements and ideas that Robert Owen inspired and influenced, co-operation has a claim to be the longest-lasting and most important. The co-operative movement in Britain pre-dated Owen but, from the 1820s, it was infused with his optimism that a better world could be organised around, as he put it, ‘principles of union and co-operation’. Such principles took many forms: communitarian experiments, producer associations, the ‘labour exchange’ movement, and ultimately, the foundation stone of British co-operation, the co-operative store. Although Owen, in this as in so many other cases, moved on rapidly to other enthusiasms after the mid-1830s, his ideas continued to function as a touchstone for co-operators for generations to come. Owen continues to offer much food for thought for twenty-first century co-operators.

11.00 am Comfort break

11.05 am – 12 noon: Co-operation and Education – Part 2

 11.05 – 12 noonCo-operation & Education

Chair: Jeremy Miles Labour & Co-operative MS, Minister for Education & Welsh Language


  • Gillian Lonergan – former Co-op Librarian and Archivist ‘Owen and Education’ based upon her reading of Owen’s UNESCO acclaimed 3000 letters
  • Hazel Remeika – Community & Shared Value team, the Co-op Group, ‘What can we learn from Social Action in Co-op Group supported Academy schools in England?’
  • Dan McCallum, co-director, Awel Co-op and Egni Co-op – ‘What has been achieved in Welsh schools in promoting active citizenship and in addressing climate crisis?’

Q&A with teachers, school governors, climate change activists & co-operators

Hosted by Co-ops & Mutuals Wales

Mae Owen yn cynnig cymaint i gydweithredwyr yr 21ain Ganrif o hyd: pam?

Dydd Sadwrn, 12 Tachwedd 2022, o 9.55 a.m. i 12 hanner dydd – ar Zoom

Cofrestrwch am ddim fan hyn:

9.55 – 11.00 a.m. – ‘Robert Owen & Chydweithrediad’ Siaradwr: Yr Athro Chris Williams, Coleg y Brifysgol, Cork

Cadeirydd: Mick Antoniw AS, Y Cwnsler Cyffredinol

11.05 – 12 hanner dydd – Cydweithrediad & Addysg

Cadeirydd: Jeremy Miles AS Llafur & Chydweithredol, Gweinidog y Gymraeg & Addysg


  • Gillian Lonergan – cyn-Lyfrgellydd ac Archifydd y Co-op: ‘Owen ac Addysg’, wedi ei seilio ar ddarllen 3000 o lythyrau Owen a ganmolir gan UNESCO
  • Hazel Remeika – tîm y Gymuned & Gwerth Cyfunol, Grŵp y Co-op: ‘Beth allwn ddysgu o Weithredu Cymdeithasol yn ysgolion Academi Grŵp y Co-op yn Lloegr?’
  • Dan McCallum, cyd-gyfarwyddwr, Co-op Awel a Co-op Egni: ‘Beth a gyflawnwyd eisoes mewn ysgolion Cymru i annog dinasyddiaeth weithredol ac i ymateb i’r argyfwng hinsawdd?’

Hawl i Holi gydag athrawon, llywodraethwyr ysgolion, actifyddion newid hinsawdd & chydweithredwyr

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.
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