How worker co-ops deal with tensions?

Luc Audebrand is a professor at Laval University (Quebec City). His research focuses on managing tensions in worker coops and, in this paper called “Expanding the scope of paradox scholarship on social enterprise: the case for (re)introducing worker cooperatives”, he describes the main tensions in worker coops and ways to deal with these tensions.

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In a changing world of work, cooperatives provide security and meaningful jobs to young people, new study shows

The “Global Study on Youth Cooperative Entrepreneurship” is based on a survey involving 64 youth cooperatives in the five continents. It shows how – in a world of work deeply reshaped by demographic changes, globalization, technological innovations and youth unemployment – cooperatives can be a concrete tool in the hands of young people for improving their work and entrepreneurship conditions.

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International Day of Cooperatives: Sustainable societies through cooperation

On 7 July 2018, cooperators around the world will celebrate the International Day of Cooperatives. Through the slogan “Sustainable societies through cooperation” we will show how, thanks to our values, principles and governance structures, cooperatives have sustainability and resilience at their core, with concern for community as the seventh of their guiding principles.

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CALL FOR PARTNERS: Asia-Pacific Research on Work & Ownership in Coops

CICOPA, on a close collaboration with the ICA Asia-Pacific, will launch in May 2018 a joint research initiative on “Exploring Work & Ownership in Cooperatives”. The research main objective is to better understand the diversity of cooperative models in the industry and service sector for the Asia-Pacific region. The initiative is now launching a call for partners, and CICOPA would like to invite its members from the Asia-Pacific region to participate.

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“The SEWA Way”: a New Report with the ILO

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) published on their website a new summary of the report “Advancing cooperation among women workers in the informal economy: The SEWA way” which aims to provide an understanding of the challenges and opportunities for cooperatives and other SSE enterprises in empowering women workers in the informal economy with a specific focus on the experience of Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA).

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The Future of Work: Where do Industrial and Service Cooperatives Stand?

The organization of work and of the production of goods and services is experiencing profound changes that may strongly alter the way in which we work and the future of work itself. In discussing the future of work, it is necessary to differentiate 4 interrelated categories of issues. The present strategic paper review these 4 areas below and provide recommendations structured around the ILO’s concept of Decent Work.

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CICOPA and ICA-AP Meeting in Sri Lanka on Building a Worker Cooperative Network in the Region

The Asia-Pacific Co-operative Development Conference (APCDC) was organized on the theme Building Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships on Sustainable Development in Colombo (Sri Lanka) from 27-28 Feb 2018. CICOPA was present at the conference aimed to create structured exchange and development partnerships among cooperatives and stakeholders in the pursuit of Sustainable Development.

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