Co-op Group: finding the way forward

There’s a lengthy assessment by John Harris in today’s Guardian G2 section of what has gone wrong at the Co-op Group and what perhaps can be done to put things right.  I’m mentioning it partly because a number of people today have contacted me asking if I was the author:  I’m not, but I understand the confusion.

The Guardian did reuse some material of mine on cooperative history for a sidebar attached to the piece and whilst the sub-editors helpfully remembered to attribute this to me, they curiously omitted to add John’s by-line to the main piece.  Just so you know!

John quotes Jo Bird of Co-operative Business Consultants in the article.  Jo is the prime organiser of the Ways Forward: Cooperative Renewal conference, taking place on Friday 16th May in Manchester.  This is a follow-up to the very successful first Ways Forward event in mid-Jan.  I’ve been asked to speak at one of the sessions on “corruption v transparency in cooperatives”, a theme which is all too topical, I fear.  More on the conference in a later blog, I think.

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