International Co-operative Governance Symposium
The International Co-operative Governance Symposium took place in September 2013 at Saint Mary's Univeristy in Halifax, Canada.
Governance practitioners and researchers discussed and debated the challenges and opportunities for co-operative governance on a global scale. Participants included academic researchers and instructors, chief governance officers and corporate secretaries, board chairs and directors, CEOs, co-operative sector organization and association members and governance consultants.
ICA Report on Governance in Co-operatives
Research and work collected from the Symposium led to the development of an ICA think piece. The report was put together by Sonja Novkovic and Karen Miner from the Co-operative Management Education programs and individuals from the international co-operative community helped author contributions to the piece. This think piece was then presented at the ICA Research Conference in November 2015.
A think piece, such as this one on governance in co-operatives, is designed to be thought-provoking and invite debates and discussions, agreements and disagreements, new ideas and reassurances. The intent was to initiate rich conversations and motivate co-operative members and leadership to re-examine the wide-ranging systems of governance they are a part of.
The program for the International Co-operative Governance Symposium can be found here: Program
The Governance Symposium Summary Report (ICA Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade) can be found here: Governance Symposium Summary Report
Symposium Presentations from Parallel Sessions September 2013
Competency-Based Assessments by Andres, Kim
Complexity Theory and Co-operative Governance by Cannell, Bob
Strategic Governance by Goehring, Mark; Scholl Marilyn; Sherwood, Art
Membership Structure Design and Organizational Theory by Gray, Thomas
Governance Education Portal by Hancock, Erin
Inclusion, Control and Accountability in Worker Cooperatives by McNamara, John
Governing Fair Trade by Reed, Darryl
Operationalizing Ownership to Fight Oligarchsation by Stocki, Ryszard
Worker Co-op's the Game, These are the Rules (Governance Policy) by Stoddart, Joel