News & events
At the Centre for Co-operative and Community-Based Economy, there's always something exciting happening. Whether it's a guest speaker, a lunch-time discussion, or new a research project, we strive to connect the university with the greater community.
- brad davis poem
As an another term has come to an end, CCCBE Community Fellow, brad davis, shares this thoughtful poem. The practice of camus.
- seCatalyst Day of Learning
Social Enterprise Catalyst presents a Day of Learning
May, 30th, 2014
Paul Lacerte, ED of the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centre presents: Social Enterprise as a Powerful Tool for Change
Michael Ableman, Farmer Founder of Sole Food Street Farms presents: Possiblities and Opportunities
Register at: www.secatalyst.ca
- Co-op student shapes art into research tool
MacPherson Scholarship fosters creation of educational materials for powerful art workshops
University of Victoria, PhD candidate Bruno de Oliveira Jayme teaches abstract composition to Luzia Honorato, community leader and engaged member of the recycling social movement in Brazil.
Molded into the shape of a brain using cigarette butts and molding clay, this piece of art held deep significance for the 70-year-old workshop participant who created it. It was a way for the recycling co-operative worker in São Paulo, Brazil to express the struggles he has lived through.
It’s workshops like these that PhD student Bruno de Oliveira Jayme will draw from in order to develop pedagogical materials on the use of art techniques as a research tool and to help people use their voices to advance social inclusion. Jayme is thrilled and honoured to receive the 2014 Dr. Ian MacPherson Scholarship at the University of Victoria Centre for Co-operative & Community-Based Economy (CCCBE) to facilitate this last year of his studies.
In 2012 and 2013, Jayme traveled back to Brazil, where he grew up, and held various art workshops under the umbrella of the Participatory Sustainable Waste Management Program. Most of his fieldwork was conducted with workers of recycling co-ops in União de Vila Nova. Seventy thousand families reside in this densely populated, low-income district of São Paulo.
Prior to forming co-ops, many of the people who collected recycling for a living would sell it to a “middle man” for a low price, Jayme explains. This person would then sell it to the recycling industry for a high price, earning profits that never got back to the recycling workers. As a co-op, these workers are now able to sell their collections to the recycling industry and split the earnings among themselves.
“I was giving a lecture the other day here at the university and they’d never heard of the recycling social movement,” Jayme says. “We Canadians are in a very privileged position. We don’t hear what’s going on. We don’t see what’s going on in other parts of the world, especially around the recycling social movement. In Latin America, it’s so powerful.”
One of the hot topics in environmental education is around the large companies in Latin America that are implementing the use of incinerators to burn recycling material, he says.
“That’s very problematic for lots of reasons. First of all you have all these gases entering the air. You’re also burning income resources for thousands and thousands of people who need them.
“The art has the potential to bring all the issues forward—things that you don’t even hear, like problems of incineration and land use.”
During one of Jayme’s most powerful workshops, he invited participants to bring objects from their homes that were meaningful to them. After sharing stories around these objects in a large circle, participants were then asked to go searching for new objects in the area that sparked meaning for them. After over an hour and a half, participants returned and shared their stories. They were then invited to create a piece of art out of what they found using molding clay.
A man that molded a handful of cigarette butts into the shape of a brain shared candid stories with the group about the addiction he previously struggled with in his life. Because of that difficult time, the man lost connection with his family. The cigarettes reminded him of that time in his life and the sculpture symbolized his addicted brain.
“The reason why I love using art is because it helps people to say things they would not normally say in a more traditional research context,” Jayme says.
The Dr. Ian MacPherson Scholarships are awarded to outstanding graduate students at the University of Victoria with an interest in co-operative studies and community based economy. They were created in honour of Dr. MacPherson, former director of the CCCBE, who passed away last November. As a professor, historian and co-operative enterprise activist, Dr. MacPherson took a leading role in many co-operative organizations, including serving on co-operative boards for 25 years. As a member of the International Co-operative Alliance board, Dr. MacPherson chaired the committee that revised the co-operative principles in 1995, adding a seventh — “Concern for Community.”
Writer: Patricia Marcoccia, Axiom News
Submitted by Axiom News on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 10:31
- Shift Change about worker coops in Mondragon
The inspiring documentary film Shift Change about worker coops in Mondragon and the U.S. will be shown on PBS stations beginning with KCTS 9 Seattle on April 6, 5 p.m. This is a good opportunity to learn more co-operatives that successfully promote democracy and economic sustainability! Read More
- Social Enterprise Catalyst
Social Enterprise Catalyst is a series of events designed to support, showcase and inspire the social enterprise sector on Vancouver Island. On April 2, there are three events:
The day starts with a Business Breakfast for social enterprise and venture leaders and Joel Solomon sharing his lessons learned from investing in impact businesses. During the afternoon, community leaders will discuss Social Finance and Impact Investing Models. The day wraps up with the Social Enterprise Catalyst Gala from 6:00- 9:30pm – a high-impact, Dragon’s Den-like event where three local social enterprises pitch their business opportunity to three judges. We will also use the opportunity to map the social enterprise eco-system.
SE Catalyst Day of Learning postponed. Watch for details for a capacity building day for both operating social enterprises and non-profit organizations exploring social enterprise as an option.
More information and tickets can be purchased here.
- Plan It 2014 Social Venture Award
Congratulations to Chris Hildreth for winning the Gustavson School of Business, Plan It 2014 Social Venture Award, sponsored by CCCBE.
Chris's proposal titled TOPSOIL is for a for-profit urban agriculture company focused around small scale farming on a large area of rooftop surfaces. The Island is heavily dependent on mainland food supplies, however, has an ideal climate to grow food all year round. Rooftop gardens are an untapped resource that can increase food security, provide space for food production and offer many economic and environmental benefits.
- NO to climage change YES to system change
Wednesday, March 26th, 2014, 7-9pm
University of Victoria, Hickman Bldg, Rm 105.Corporations are relentlessly cooking the climate, wiping out life on earth and driving us off the cliff to ecological collapse. Can this be stopped? Can the capitalist economic system be made to respect humans and the environment? Is there an alternative to capitalism?
A public forum with Richard Smith, University lecturer, member of the 'System Change Not Climate Change' network in New York City, author of many articles including 'Capitalism and the destruction of life on the planet: Six theses to save the humans'. His forthcoming book is 'To save the humans, turn the world upside down'.
This forum is endorsed by the following organizations:
Social Environmental Alliance - SEA
University of Victoria: Environmental Studies, Sociology, Centre for Co-operative and Community Based Economy, Cultural Social and Political Thought Program
Council of Canadians, Victoria Branch
GVTA Social Justice Committee
Vancouver Ecosocialist Group
- Co-op Day in Victoria
Co-op Day in Victoria, February 22nd, 2014
Lower Hall, Fairfield United Church, 1303 Fairfield @ Moss, in conjunction with the Victoria Health Co-operative AGM.
The Board of the Victoria Health Co-op invites you to participate as our guest, doing some or all of these:
1. advertise this event to your membership or community
2. bring a display, maximum footprint 1 metre by 1 metre or share a 2m table with another community organization.
3. bring a door prize for the draws to be held throughout the event, paper and pens for attendees to write their name, phone and email address and a jar of entries. Last year's door prizes were great!
4. bring a contribution of healthy finger food, tea, juice, milk, coffee. We have a strong preference for co-op, local, fair-trade, non-gmo or a financial donation - 50% will go to a co-op helping vulnerable groups in our community, 50% to the costs of our event. Taxable donation receipts are available for donations of $10 or more from individuals.
Please use the Moss St entrance, set-up 10am - 11.30am and clean between 3 and 3.45pm.
Please email Vanessa if you would like to participate.
Yours co-operatively Vanessa on behalf of the Board of the Victoria Health Co-op.
- Call for Papers: CASCCo-operating across Borders: Expanding the Boundaries of the Social and Solidarity EconomyCanadian Association for Studies in Cooperation (CASC)
The very nature of the co-operative movement - with its wide range of organizational forms and a presence in virtually all sectors of the economy – inevitably leads it to cross borders and expand boundaries – geographic, social, cultural, political and economic. Co-operatives have a long history, dating back to the 19th century, of not only working within local communities, but also of moving outward to affiliate and collaborate with other communities. In our increasingly global economy, this proclivity of co-operatives to move outwards is only enhanced – facilitated by advances in communication and transportation and impelled by new economic realities. The theme of this year’s annual conference draws analytic attention to the variety of ways in which co-operatives, and the social and solidarity economies in which they are embedded, innovate as the move across borders, break down barriers and expand boundaries.
We invite potential participants to submit proposals that in some way reflect ways of “co-operating across borders”. This could mean across the boundaries of geography, sector, community, academic discipline, theoretical frameworks, demographics and/or industry. Proposals on the following topics are welcome, as are others within the theme.
Elevating co-operative business and expanding conceptual borders
• Co-operative Management Structures and Practices
• Co-operative Ownership and Governance Structures and Practices
• Co-operative Business and Marketing Strategies
• Value-chain and scaling
• Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Youth and Student Co-operatives
• Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Green Production
• Is “sustainability” the new co-operative value for the 21st century?
• The Role of Education in Promoting Co-operative Innovation
• The Role of Research in Promoting Co-operative Innovation
• The Role of Public Policy in Promoting Co-operative Innovation
• Regulation including state and non-state regulations
• Finance, micro-finance, and credit unions
• Co-operative types (i.e., worker co-ops, financial co-ops, consumer co-ops, agricultural co-ops, etc.)
Expanding beyond borders
• Co-operatives and Development
• Transnational Co-operation among Co-operatives: Bridging North-South Divides
• Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Fair Trade, Poverty Reduction, and Local Development Strategies and Practices
• International Co-operatives
• Innovation and Entrepreneurship in crisis and conflict contexts
• Fostering Co-operation among Co-operatives
• Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Inter-co-operation between Co-operatives Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Aboriginal Communities
• Business Conversions to Worker Co-operatives: Recuperating Businesses, Saving Communities
• Co-operatives connection to food sovereignty and local food development
Defining new economic and social boundaries
• Mainstreaming the Co-operative Advantage
• Moving Beyond Crises and Marginalization via Co-operative Values and Practices
• Political and economic boundaries
• Co-operatives and social movements
• Community economic development
• Collective entrepreneurship
We invite researchers, students, and practitioners to submit any of four types of proposals:
(1) The Individual Paper provides the presenter with the opportunity to present on a topic for approximately 20 minutes. They will join 1-2 other presenters of a similar theme. There will be time for a Q and A.
Individual paper proposals should include: a) your name, title, affiliation and email address; b) a short (two-line) biographical note; c) title of the paper; and d) a 150 word abstract (to be printed in the program) that includes the argument, which should include the relationship of the paper to the literature, the research question, methods and, where applicable, findings. Proposals for both empirical and theoretical papers are invited.
(2) The Panel Proposal creates a space for a group (3) of presenters who have a common theme in their presentations to self-select to present together. Presenters will have approximately 20 minutes each to present. There will time for a Q and A.
Panel proposals should include: a) the title of the panel; 2) a 150 word description of the issue or theme that the panel investigates and how the individual papers relate to the theme/ issue; 3) the names, affiliations and contact information for all panel participants, and; 4) 150 word descriptions of all panel presentations.
(3) The Roundtable is an opportunity for moderated discussion. A panel of discussants will be posed ideas or questions on a topic by a moderator and the audience. Discussants are not expected to and should not deliver formal papers.
Roundtable proposals should include: a) the title of the roundtable; 2) a 150 word description of the issue or theme that the roundtable investigates (including some possible questions); and 3) the names, affiliations and contact information for all participants including the moderator (if decided).
(4) The Workshop is an opportunity for a topic to be presented and interacted with in a dynamic and engaging manner. It should involve audience participation.
Proposals should include a) the title of the workshop; 2) a 150 word description of the issues or theme that the workshop investigates; 3) the name(s), affiliations and contact information for all workshop presenters, and 4) a short description of what methods will be used to make it a workshop.
All abstracts and proposals are due on January 10th, 2014. We encourage those would want to be in a joint session to please submit as early as possible. They may be submitted either in English or French. No more than two presentations per person will be permitted.
All proposals are subject to peer review. Applicants will be informed of acceptance by February 28th, 2014. A directory of conference delegates will be published in the CASC 2014 Conference Program; if you do not want to have your name, contact information and institutional affiliation published, please notify us when you submit your abstract.
This year’s CASC conference will be held from May 26th to May 29th, 2014, during the Annual Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS) 2014 at Brock University, St Catharines, Ontario, Canada. Participants in the CASC Conference should register through the Congress website. Registration, which includes the early bird prices, begins in January 2014. Fees for the conference include both Congress registration and a one-year membership in CASC. There is an additional fee for those wishing to attend the Annual CASC Banquet, which is a joint affair held in collaboration with ANSER. The Congress website also includes information on accommodation, discounts for travel, and local information. For more information on CASC and the general meeting, including updates about keynote speakers, plenary panels, banquet details and the other news, please consult the CASC website or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
2014 CASC Program and Conference Committee
Fiona Duguid (Program Chair), Erin Hancock
Darryl Reed, Marion Hewitt-Pollock
- Call for Papers: ANSER/ARES 2014 Conference
CALL FOR PAPERS
ANSER/ARES 2014 CONFERENCE
Nonprofits and the Social Economy, Pursuing Borders without Boundaries
Seventh Annual Conference
May 28-30, 2014
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
“Near Niagara Falls”
ANSER/ARES is a dynamic growing association that is organizing its seventh annual conference as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. ANSER brings together leading academic researchers, practitioners, consultants, policymakers and community organizations from Canada and internationally to discuss current and emergent issues, debates and challenges in the fields of civil society, social economy, and nonprofit research and practice. Join us for what promises to be an engaging and provocative conference. The theme for the seventh conference at Brock is: Nonprofits and the Social Economy, Pursuing Borders without Boundaries.All proposals will be subject to peer review and notification of acceptance will be provided by February 17, 2014. Authors of accepted papers (individual and panel) must submit extended abstracts of 5 to 8 pages by May 19th upload to the conference website.
The conference is an opportunity to welcome and explore new voices and perspectives, including those who are far from centres of power and influence due to economic, health, geography and other factors, and indigenous peoples whose languages and cultures are endangered. It is a call for the social sciences and humanities to explore these issues of inclusivity, marginalization and diversity and suggest innovative solutions and models for response. Within this context, nonprofits and other social economy organizations are well poised to lead these discussions.
We invite you to submit proposals for individual papers, panels, or roundtable discussions on topics related to nonprofits, co-operatives, social enterprises, community economic development, and the social economy in Canadian, comparative, or international contexts. Proposals are particularly encouraged that fit into any of the following areas, broadly defined:
• Nonprofits and the Social Economy
• Nonprofits in a Time of Cutbacks
• Social Enterprises, Social Entrepreneurship, & Social Innovation
• Community Economic Development & Community Organizing
• Volunteering & Citizen Engagement
• Collaborations, Partnerships & Mergers
• Communication, Networking & Social Media
• Governance & Management
• Research Methodologies & Community-University Research Partnerships
• Public Policy & Government Relations
• Theoretical Perspectives
We also accept proposals of wider relevance, which may not fit the categories listed above. We are particularly interested in papers, panels and roundtables involving collaboration between academics and practitioners.
Types of Proposals
Proposal Submission Deadline: January 12, 2014
Three types of proposals will be considered: individual papers, panels, and roundtables, all of which are subject to a peer review.
1) Paper Proposals
Paper proposals normally present research findings with some link to or reflection on theory, but they could also be “think pieces,” discussions of research-in-progress, including graduate theses or dissertations, or reflections on practice. The proposal for a paper should include: 1) a title; 2) the conference theme being addressed; 3) a 100-word abstract of the presentation; and 4) a 500-word summary of the argument of the paper, how the issue fits within a wider literature (as appropriate), and its relevance to research and/or practice in the areas of interest to ANSER/ARES. You will also be asked to provide very brief biographical information on the author(s).
2) Panel Proposals
Panels are collections of three or four papers on a related theme. Ideally, these papers build upon each other, thereby adding to the coherence of the panel. Panel organizers are responsible for preparing an abstract of the panel as a whole. For panels comprising 3 presenters, each individual will be expected to speak for no longer than 20 minutes; for panels of 4 presenters, each participant will be expected to speak for no longer than 15 minutes. To allow adequate time for questions and discussion, the panel chair should ensure that presenters do not exceed the time limit.
The abstract for a panel should include: 1) a title; 2) the conference theme being addressed; 3) 250-500 word overview of the focus of the panel, the coherence of the individual papers around this focus, and the relevance of the panel to research and/or practice in the areas of interest to ANSER/ARES; and 4) a 250-word summary of each paper to be included in the panel. You will also be asked to provide brief biographical information on each of the authors.
If you are a member of a panel you are NOT required to submit a separate proposal.
Roundtables are well suited to: the discussion of the implications of an issue for practice; the discussion of research needs or research in progress around specific topics; or the presentation of contrasting perspectives on an issue with a designated facilitator. Roundtable presenters are not expected to provide written papers.
The abstract for a roundtable should include: 1) a title; 2) the conference theme being addressed; 3) a 500-word overview of the topic to be discussed, indication of the relationship of the individual presentations to the topic, and the relevance of the roundtable to research and/or practice in the areas of interest to ANSER/ARES; and 4) a short summary of the key points of each presenter. You will also be asked to provide brief biographical information on each participant.
Submission of Proposals
Proposal abstracts, in either official language, must be submitted online by January 12, 2014, at: http://conferences.uvic.ca/index.php/anser-ares/anser-ares2014/index. A link to the online system is also available on the ANSER website. Any questions can be directed to email@example.com.
Participants in the ANSER/ARES 2014 Conference should register through the website of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (http://congress2014.ca/register), which includes a reduction for early registration before March 31, 2014. The fees, posted on the website, are for the Congress registration AND for a one-year membership in ANSER/ARES. In addition to the right to participate in the conference, members in ANSER/ARES receive a newsletter; early access to the Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research; and the opportunity to apply for ANSER/ARES research prizes. When registering, you also have the option of selecting the annual banquet in the evening of May 29, 2014. More information is available from the ANSER website. The Congress website also includes information on accommodation, discounts for travel, and local information.
For more information, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or check the ANSER conference website and follow @anser2014 and #anser2014 on twitterfor updates about keynote speakers, plenary panels, banquet details and the other exciting events we have organized for your visit.
2014 ANSER Program and Conference Committee
Sherida Ryan, Social Economy Centre, University of Toronto (Program Co-chair)
Lynne Siemens, University of Victoria (Program Co-chair)
Frances Owen, Brock University (Local host)
Sébastien Savard, University of Ottawa
Luc Thériault, Department of Sociology, University of New Brunswick
Jack Quarter, Social Economy Centre, University of Toronto
Laurie Mook, Arizona State University
- Mourning the passing of Ian MacPherson
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
With deep great regret and sadness, I convey the news that Ian MacPherson died suddenly on the November 16th, 2013. Ian was a world figure as an historian but also an activist in the world of co-operative enterprise. He took a leading role in creating the Canadian Co-operative Association, was the co-founder of CASC (the Canadian Association for the Study of Co-operation), and chair of the International Co-operative Alliance committee that revised the co-operative principles in 1995.
Prominent among his many contributions was the founding in the year 2000 of the BC Institute for Co-operative Studies (BCICS), later re-named the Centre for Co-operative and Community-Based Economy (CCCBE). The Centre became a prime source of scholarly material as well as support for practitioners in co-operative undertaking. The BCICS/CCCBE is an arm of the mentorship that Ian so warmly and generously practised himself for those interested in learning about and advancing co-operation as a community resource. Ian’s latest initiative, under the umbrella of the Centre, was the creation of the Co-operative Initiative for Peace and Social Inclusion.
Ian will be sorely missed by many in the academic world and especially in the world of co-operation.
In recognition of his multitude of contributions in scholarship and public service, Dr. MacPherson will receive a Honorary Doctorate - a decision made shortly before his unexpected death. This award will be presented on January 18, 2014 at 11:00 am at the special service of remembrance held at the University Club. The UVic flag will also be lowered in his memory on that day.
In lieu of flowers please consider any of the following:
Contributing to the UVIC Dr. Ian MacPherson Scholarship.
Supporting the Dr. Ian MacPherson Legacy Fund at the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada
Donating to a charity of your choice
Joining a co-op
Ana Maria Peredo PhD
Centre for Co-operative and Community-Based Economy
University of Victoria
- New ANSER-ARES Best Book Award: Call for Nominations
NEW ANSER-ARES BEST BOOK AWARD: Call for NominationsBeginning in 2014, the Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER) will award a prize for the best the book on the social economy sector in Canada published during the three calendar years preceding the year of the award (copyright 2011, 2012 or 2013).
Criteria for nomination
- Nominated books may be on any sectors of the Canadian social economy. For example: policy issues in the sector; sector/state relations; volunteerism; governance; sustainability and capacity building in nonprofit organizations.
- They may contribute to the advancement of theory, concept development, research or practice and be in the form of monographs, textbooks, journalistic accounts or guides.
- They may focus on the sector as a whole or subsectors within it and may be written from the perspective of any one of a number of disciplines such as economics, public administration, law, political science, management, social work, history, sociology and anthropology.
- They should focus primarily on the Canadian setting.
- Single and co-authored books are eligible though not collections of readings or articles. Authors need not be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.
Nominations are welcome from individuals or publishers. If you have published a book in the past three years or read one that you feel was exceptional, please consider nominating it for this new award.
Nominations should be sent by e-mail to email@example.com by January 31, 2014 and should contain the following information:
- Book Title
- Date of publication
- Publisher and publisher’s address and contact information
- Very brief statement as to why this book deserves consideration.
The award will consist of a commemorative certificate and a one year free membership in ANSER. The winner(s) of the award will be honored guest(s) at the Annual Banquet of the Association at which the award will be presented in May 2014.
Luc Thériault, ANSER Award Committee Chair
- Call for Papers: Journal of Co-operative Studies
The U.K.’s Journal of Co-operative Studies will be publishing a Canadian edition with three prominent Canadians as guest editors, Ana Maria Peredo (University of Victoria) along with Isobel Findlay (University of Saskatchewan) and Fiona Duguid (Canadian Co-operative Association).
The theme of this special Canadian issue is: Co-operating @ the (Cutting) Edge: Innovating for Social Inclusion, Sustainability and Solidarity Economies.
The theme of this special issue aims to draw analytic attention to the ways in which co-operatives and related social economy organizations innovate to:
- champion social inclusion
- support economic and business practices fostering sustainability
- build solidarity economies
The deadline for submissions has been extended. Click here for the full Call for Papers.
The Journal of Co-operative Studies is a peer-reviewed international academic journal which aims to generate theoretical knowledge and promote research and innovation within the co-operative sector. Published by the UK Society for Co-operative Studies in Manchester, England, it is distributed in Canada in partnership with the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation.
If you are interested please email Ana Maria Peredo
- Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership
2014 IMPACT! Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership is accepting applications from passionate student sustainability leaders until Oct 20th to work with sustainability experts and astronaut Chris Hadfield at an all all-expense paid conference by The Cooperators in Guelph, ON from May 23-26, 2014. For more information see website.
- B.C. introduces Canada’s first model for profitable charities Capitalism gets a little kinder
Read about British Columbia's Community Contribution Company (C3) model in Canadian Business Magazine's article titled B.C. introduces Canada’s first model for profitable charities: Capitalism gets a little kinder, by Jennifer Kwan.
Key to the program is the notion of the “asset lock,” which ensures investment toward the social cause remains intact, even if the company changes hands, says Ana Maria Peredo, a professor of sustainable entrepreneurship at the University of Victoria. She notes that the model mimics the community interest companies (CIC) that began in the United Kingdom in the mid-2000s.
- Dr. Ana María Peredo selected as a Broadbent Fellow
Dr. Ana María Peredo has became a Broadbent fellow!
The Broadbent Institute is an independent, non-partisan organization championing progressive change in Canada through the promotion of democracy, equality, and sustainability and the training of a new generation of leaders. A multidisciplinary group of distinguish scholars, policy makers, policy experts and leaders from Canadian civil society have been selected as Broadbent Fellows.
Congratulations to Ana Maria on being selected for her expertise in economic inequality, social & public policy, social economy, social exclusion & inclusion.
- Craigdarroch Award for Excellence in Knowledge Mobilization
Dr. Ana María Peredo is the recipient of the 2013 Craigdarroch Award for Excellence in Knowledge Mobilization. This honor recognizes Ana María for her passion and commitment to mobilize knowledge for the cause of poverty alleviation from remote Andean villages to local Vancouver Island communities.
- Dr. Ana María Peredo: Honoured with the Victoria Community Leadership Award
Dr. Ana María Peredo, CCCBE Director and Professor at Gustavson School of Business, has been awarded the 2013 University of Victoria Community Leadership Award. This nomination recognizes Dr. Peredo’s exemplary leadership in linking the University and the community. Through her teaching, her research and her leadership Dr. Peredo has created opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students, to help community organizations. She works tirelessly to bring people from different disciplines, sectors and communities together to share wisdom and knowledge. The Victoria Leadership Awards ceremony were held on February 25th. Congratulations on this well deserved award Ana Maria!
- 2013 CASC scholarship competition launched
The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA), on behalf of the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC), has launched the 2013 CASC scholarship competition. The scholarships are aimed at supporting and promoting research on co-operatives by university students.
Applicants must be pursuing research specifically related to co-operatives (including credit unions), and must include a description of their research project as part of their application.
The deadline for submitting applications is March 31, 2013.
- Call for Papers – Special Issue of Organization
Worker Cooperatives as an Organizational Alternative: Challenges, Achievements and Promise in Organizational Governance and Ownership
- Iñaki Santa Cruz, Faculty of Economics and Business Studies. Autonomous University of Barcelona. (Spain)
- Elías Nazareno, Faculty of History. Universidade Federal de Goiás. (Brazil)
- George Cheney, School of Communication Studies, Associate Investigator, Ohio Employee Ownership Center, Kent State University (United States)
- Ana Maria Peredo, Gustavson School of Business, Centre for Co-operative and Community Based Economy and University of Victoria (Canada)
The current financial crisis has revealed structural problems as well as perturbations in the global financial and market systems. Within the context of crisis, there is great interest in experimentation with alternative organizational forms that can both respond to the challenges of today’s economy and restore equilibrium through a renewed emphasis on social values. In particular, worker ownership and governance are gaining attention in a variety of forms and regions. Worker-owned-and-governed cooperatives typically pursue both economic viability and strong forms of participation; further, they are closely tied to community economic and social development. Seeing these multiple objectives as intertwined and in fact necessary is central to the call for the 2012 United Nations’ International Year of the Cooperative, which seeks to highlight the contribution of cooperatives to social and economic development through generating employment, reducing poverty, and fostering social integration.
Perhaps the most famous contemporary case of worker cooperative organization that achieves the multiple goals described above is the Mondragon Cooperative Group (MCG), one of the largest, long-lived, and successful examples of workers’ owned organizations in the entire world. Mondragon has a remarkable record of financial success and the provision of sound and stable labour conditions. Founded in 1956, the Basque cooperatives now employ almost 100,000 members, are represented in more than a dozen countries, and are the focus of ongoing scrutiny, praise, and critique. While the well-known wage differential has grown somewhat over the years within the system, it remains quite narrow by almost any comparison, even when a number of top-level salaries that are pegged to the market are taken into account. Amidst the current economic downturn that began in 2007 that has resulted in over 20% unemployment in Spain and approximately half that in the Basque Country, the Mondragon co-ops have relied on their historic principles of democracy, equality, solidarity, and participation as fundamental parts of their management strategy. While 24% of Spanish companies have closed down during this recession, the MCG only had to close down one of the 120 cooperatives that form the group, and relocate the 35 workers into other companies. In fact, there is significant evidence of increased democratization in the FAGOR Group, the original industrial cooperatives and the heart of the system. For all these reasons, now is an important moment for attention to the distinctive characteristics of these cooperatives as well as their lessons for other socially inspired management, organizational, and market models. The MCG represents but one case; however, given its rich history, diverse characteristics, encounters with globalization, and experimentation in new forms of participation now underway, it provides an extremely important point of reference in any comprehensive or forward-looking examination of worker cooperatives today.
This call for papers is open to research contributions and critical-theoretical analyses of alternative organizations and especially worker cooperatives. We are especially interested in nuanced assessments of the methodological, philosophical, socio-political and organizational principles and challenges of workers cooperatives within the broader context of so-called alternative organizations. This means that sound empirical and interpretive investigations in the pursuit of important critical questions are encouraged. Such assessments may include attention to the activities, performance, and extensions of this kind of alternative organizations. We welcome multidisciplinary contributions and those that take on different perspectives that seek to bridge case-level detail with broader socio-economic trends. In addition, papers presenting theoretical reflections and analyses of specific worker owned cooperatives worldwide (such as Mondragon) should manifest a comparative perspective even if they do not fully examine each of two or multiple cases. Analyses that seek to apply recent developments in democratic theory and in alternative economics are certainly appropriate. Overall, the set of papers in the special issue will illuminate the complexities and changes in worker cooperatives, as they weather an extremely challenging period yet one ripe with opportunity.
The special issue will reflect the international scope of Organization, advancing its mission as an open, reflective, imaginative, and critical journal about what is happening worldwide that contributes to these reflections. Further, we aim to help to expand the field of organization studies by interrogating the diversity and comparative viability and authenticity of organizational forms and practices, including those grounded in deep forms of democracy and solidarity. By closely examining cooperative organizations, and comparing them with other forms of worker ownership and governance, the special issue will encourage further exploration of diverse forms of organization, managerial practice, and the social economy from all around the globe, widening research on the Mondragon Cooperative Experience (MCE) and other significant examples. Therefore, the call welcomes international collaborations, be they ongoing or ad hoc.
Examples of key themes for investigation allowing for further international comparisons include:
1. The organizational resources, structures, and dynamics allowing for social as well as economic resilience in worker cooperatives;
2. The changing roles of leadership in worker cooperatives: considering for example the interplay of various forms of leadership from charismatic to collaborative or group-based;
3. The capacity of and obstacles to the reinvention of democracy within cooperatives, including means to manage and solve conflicts between different goals, sectors, and constituencies (for example, concerning the relationship between worker-member-owners and temporary workers);
4. The relationships between cooperatives and organized labour, the state, the community, and the larger financial system;
5. Maintaining cooperative values while facing crises of participation, identity, and shared ownership and decision making within a system undergoing international expansion.
Papers should be no more than 8,000 words, excluding references, and will be blind reviewed following the journal’s standard procedures. Manuscripts should be prepared according to the guidelines published in Organization and on the journal's website
For further information, please contact one of the guest editors:
Iñaki Santa Cruz firstname.lastname@example.org
Elias Nazareno email@example.com
George Cheney firstname.lastname@example.org
Ana Maria Peredo email@example.com
- Best Paper on International Business Award
Nick Montgomery (PhD student in Political Science) and Dr. Ana Maria Peredo presented their paper co-authored with Eleanor Carlson (Anthropology and former CCCBE graduate student fellow), "The BOP Discourse as Capitalist Hegemony" at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management in Boston, August 2012. The paper was chosen as the Best Paper on International Business and was nominated for the Carolyn Dexter Award.
This paper draws on theories from postcolonialism, feminism, and post-structuralism, the paper argues that the increasingly popular "Bottom of the Pyramid" paradigm obscures non-capitalist alternatives and resistance to capitalism. Sincere thanks to Emmalee Brunt for her excellent work on the literature review for this award winning paper.
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