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International Year of Co-operatives 2012 e-newsletter
2012, it’s Our Time to Shine!

15 November 2012

In this issue

Dear Conference Delegates and Speakers,
Welcome to the 2012 National Co-operatives Conference wrap-up e-newsletter.
International Co-operative Alliance President Dame Pauline Green said, "One billion owners cannot be wrong" – referring to the number of co-operative members worldwide. We say 250 can't be wrong – that's the number of co-ops and co-operative representatives who came together in Port Macquarie on 24-26 October to discuss the future of Australia's co-operative sector.


- Leadership matters

- Book it! Building a Better Australia


- Conference wrap-up

- A broad based program


- Co-op Business Clinics

- National Mapping Project


- Co-ops in the news

- Youth Summit


- Mondragon, Responsible Capitalism, Co-ops Law...

- Aboriginal Co-operatives in NSW


- Co-screen: 2012 Australian Co-op Film Festival

- Were you there?

Latest IYC 2012 & Co-op News
Maggie Beer with Leadership Ambassador Award winner Joyce Clague and her daughter Pauline Clague

Leadership matters
Australia has recognised its outstanding co-operative practitioners for the first time. Legacy and youth awards were presented by food icon Maggie Beer and Peter Knock, CEO of The Co-op Bookshop at the 2012 Co-operative Leadership Awards in Port Macquarie on 25 October.
Meet the winners | Read the press release Adobe PDF

Building a Better Australia – 50 stories of co-operationBook it! Building a Better Australia
Buy a copy of Building a Better Australia: 50+ stories of co-operation – Australia's 2012 Year Book for your local school library and be part of educating the next generation of Australians about the important role of co-operatives. Order before 31 December, to secure a special 2012 discount price – the perfect stocking filler for boards, members and colleagues. Limited edition run.
Buy the book now online through The Co-op Bookshop.

Conference wrap-up
International Co-operative Alliance President Dame Pauline Green says, "One billion owners cannot be wrong", referring to the number of co-op members worldwide. We say 250 co-operators can't be wrong – that's the number of co-operative representatives who came together in Port Macquarie on 24-26 October to discuss the future of our co-operative sector.
Read the conference wrap up | Read the press release

A broad based program

Co-op Business ClinicsCo-op Business Clinics
Business clinics offered more than nine hours of professional development, education and training on co-op law and governance, accounting advice, social media strategies, succession planning and social enterprise development. Email Mitch if you would like to contact any of the convenors of the business clinics.

Who knew Australians were so co-operative? National Mapping Project
A national mapping project investigating the size and scope of co-operative businesses has revealed a disconnect between the numbers of ordinary Australian consumers who are members of co-operatives (79 per cent) and the number who know that they are a co-op member (less than 16 per cent).
Read the report online| Email Mitch for a free hard copy of the report

Jo Barraket Interview with the ABCCo-ops in the news
The mapping report was just one of the conference topics attracting widespread media attention showing that co-ops are mainstream news.
Here's just a taster of the coverage

Kristy Walters and Sarah TaylorYouth Summit
30 young co-operators attended Australia's first national youth summit - an exciting start to a new era in youth engagement – thank you to everyone who took part. A declaration has been sent to the United Nations as Australia's contribution to the draft International Youth Co-operatives Statement, part of the Official Closing Event for the IYC 2012 at UN headquarters in New York, 19-20 November.
Join the UN online forum to view and comment on the International Cooperative Youth Declaration – closes 16 November.
Read the 2012 IYC Youth Summit Report Adobe PDF

More on Mondragon, Responsible Capitalism, Co-ops Law and Research
More on Mondragon
Slides and audio
from the public lecture on Mondragon held in Melbourne on 22 October are now available online.
More on responsible capitalism
Highlights of Next Gen Capitalism: profit, people and planet – a forum presented by the Social Enterprise Group at RMIT, bankmecu and Social Traders – at the BMW Edge Theatre, 18 August 2012.
More on National Co-ops Law Adobe PDF
Missed Jenni Mattila's workshop at the National Conference? The next Big Co-op Conversation is Co-operatives National Law Workshop with Jenny Mattila Adobe PDF on Monday, 19 November 11am-1pm in Melbourne.
More on Co-ops Research
The Co-operative Federation of WA has just held its annual co-operatives conference (8–9 November 2012) with the University of WA featuring its leading international co-operatives research project.

Co-operatives: It's a cultural thing – Aboriginal Co-operatives in NSW
A landmark exhibition of art and archival photographs celebrating the history of NSW Aboriginal co-operatives was staged at the National Co-operatives Conference. The exhibition has relocated back to Woolitji House for the rest of November.  For more information, email Colin Clague.

Poster - When Colin met Joyce Co-screen: 2012 Australian Co-op Film Festival
Another conference first was the Australian co-op film festival which ran during the conference break times. Our immense thanks to the filmmakers who graciously gave permission for their films to screen at  the conference. If you'd like to talk to the filmmakers about obtaining a copy of their films, please email Mitch for contact details.
The following films were part of the Co-screen program:

  • Lights on the Hill & Surprise! Dinner in a box  (Jess Begun)
  • The Matriarchs & When Colin Met Joyce (Pauline Clague)
  • The High Road (Myee Gregory)

The following films can be viewed online:

Peter Russell-ClarkeWere you there?

If you want a high resolution copy of any of the photos from the conference, please email Mitch.

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