SELFMANAGEMENT AND CO-OPERATIVES AS A STRATEGY FOR SOCIAL CHANGE


Possibilities and Limits of a "Solidarity Economy"

2 – 6 October 2017   print this page

Conference organizers:

Nebojša Stojčić, University of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Henning Salling Olesen, Roskilde University, Denmark

Gabriele Herbert, International Institute for Selfmanagement, Frankfurt, Germany

Iraj Hashi, University of Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Len Krimerman, University of Connecticut, United States

Humberto Miranda, University of Havanna, Cuba

Joseph Tharamangalam, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax Canada, Canada


Conference description:

In this conference we present, compare and discuss different ways in which co-operatives and cooperative support systems can contribute to a "Solidarity Economy". The latest changes in Cuba towards a re-evaluation of the role of co-operatives and Selfmanagement systems will be reported. The Case of Yugoslavia, Kerala and Uruguay will be compared as to which lessons of "best practice" and short-falls we can learn, concerning the development of a whole country or region, where the state or regional government supports co-operativism.

Examples of co-operative systems that succeeded in a hostile environment like the case of co-operatives in Britain, Italy, the US, Mondragon, Germany, will be included in the discussion.

After presenting an example of a most innovative approach, the Ekobank of Croatia and its networking with local governments and industry, we intend to examine the term of "Solidarity Economy" and its limits and possibilities.


Conference lecturers:

Goran Jeras, Croatia

Dragutin Varga, Croatia

Humberto Miranda, University of Havanna, Cuba

Gabriele Herbert, International Institute for Selfmanagement, Frankfurt, Germany

Joseph Tharamangalam, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax Canada, Canada

John Curl, United States