Coop summit gets under way

The cooperative ‘summit’ in Quebec City got going yesterday afternoon and is now in full flow, with a session convened by FT economics writer Martin Wolf and featuring nobel laureate Robert Shiller drawing to a conclusion as I type this.

I intend to blog from Quebec as and when I have a chance.  But in the meantime I have been looking at some of the background papers now published on-line by the conference organisers.  Among these are an interesting assessment of our own dear Co-operative Bank’s recent problem by Johnston Birchall and a French take on the same issues from Jean-Louis Bancel of Credit Co-operatif.  Bancel calls for a combination of humility and professionalism from the cooperative banking sector internationally, and a renewed focus on member engagement and governance.  You’ll find these, and several other short papers, at www.intlsummit.coop (studies and articles> scientific articles).

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