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The Fifth Co-operative Principle in Action

Ever wondered what kind of education is happening in co-ops in Canada?

Associations and federations are the largest single group offering educational initiatives (38%), which demonstrates the importance of second- and third-tier co-operatives in stewarding the fifth principle of co-operation.

Seminars and workshops were the most commonly employed delivery method for stakeholders within the co-operative economy.

Learn more by checking out this paper “The Fifth Co-operative Principle in Action: Mapping the Co-operative Educational Initiatives of Canadian Co-operatives” by Hancock & Brault, researchers with the Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network and published by the University of Saskatchewan. Available for download at here.

CASC-ACE Conference

Here is some information regarding this year’s Joint Conference of the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC) and the Association of Cooperative Educators (ACE): Energizing Communities: Co-operatives Nurturing Democratic Practice. The conference will be held June 1-3, 2016 at the University of Calgary, Alberta.

January 25th is the extended deadline for submissions to this year’s Joint Conference of the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC) and the Association of Cooperative Educators (ACE): Energizing Communities: Co-operatives Nurturing Democratic Practice! The conference will be held June 1-3, 2016 at the University of Calgary, Alberta; find the CFP/RFP at the following links, in English and en Francais.

January 25th is also the deadline for submissions to the 2016 International Co-operative Alliance Committee on Co-operative Research Conference at the University of Almeria, Spain,May 24th – 27th. For more info, follow this link to their rather handsome website.

February 15th is the deadline to apply for one of 10 professorial appointments at the Cork University Business School, University of Cork, Ireland.

February 28th is the submission deadline for the Co-operative studies in education curricula – New forms of learning and teaching”research seminar, the 10th Rulescoop Meeting, to be held 30 – 31 May 2016 in Helsinki, Finland.

You will find the CFP/RFP at the following links, in English and en Francais.

Upcoming Streamed Seminar: Brent Hueth, On the Curious Case of Co-operative Capital

brettThe University of Saskatchewan’s Centre for the Study of Co-operatives has an upcoming seminar being live-streamed over the internet on Tuesday, November 3rd at 12pm CST featuring Brent Hueth, Director of the University of Wisconsin Centre for Co-operatives. The seminar is titled “On the Curious Case of Co-operative Capital.”

Cost-of-capital is central to economists’ thinking about how firms should (and do) invest their financial capital, and to measuring the value of a firm. Brent Hueth will argue that the cost of “equity” capital for many co-operative businesses is, if not zero, then close to it. He will interpret the relevance of this finding in the context of private capital structure and investment decision making, as well as public tax and regulatory treatment of co-operatives.

Journal of Entrepreneurial and Organizational Diversity Now Out!

In August 2015, CCRN researcher Marcelo Vieta and Doug Lionais published a special issue of “The Cooperative Advantage for Community Development” in the Journal of Entrepreneurial and Organizational Diversity (JEOD.)

Marcelo and Doug were the guest editors of the special issue and it features several articles on the Canadian cooperative movement by Canadian scholars Alicia Lake, Catherine Leviten-Reid, Marika Morris, Jorge Souza, Andrés Ruggeri, Mumtaz Derya Tarhan, Ushnish Sengupta, Sonja Novkovic and Tea Golja.