I’m pleased to hear that around 140 people have booked in for this Friday’s conference, called by Co-operative Business Consultants following last year’s Co-op Bank debacle to discuss – as CBC puts it – “Ways Forward for the Co-operative Movement”. This is a potentially important initiative, and the high level of attendance suggests that there are plenty of activists determined to prove that there’s life in the old coop dog yet.
I’ve been working this morning on the short presentation I’ll be making to the workshop looking at member capital. Co-operative capital is, as you’ll know if you’ve been following my blog, one of the issues I consider most important for the coop movement to address, and I just hope that people don’t see the word ‘capital’ in the programme and feel that this session is not for them.
The conference is in Manchester, the city which has over the past century and a half hosted many of the most significant events in the UK coop movement’s history. This could be another one.
I’ll be contributing a report to The Guardian’s social enterprise hub afterwards and will post a link here.