Co-operative enterprises are where diverse groups of individuals gather and work towards a common goal. Research has shown that this diversity of voices, backgrounds, and perspectives comes with challenges, but can also be a significant strength for co-operatives. This co-operative advantage can be maximized in cases where governance structures enable inclusive and meaningful engagement from members. In this conference, we will reflect upon the interplay of diversity, inclusion, and social justice with co-operative enterprises in Canada and beyond.
We invite proposals on any of the following broad themes of the conference. Please note that proposals on other topics involving co-operatives and co-operation are also welcome: Co-operatives and social inclusion/justice; Co-operatives and Indigenous communities; Co-operative governance and member engagement; Co-operatives and environmental sustainability; Co-operatives and the Sustainable Development Goals; The political economy of co-operatives; Co-operative media and publishing; and Building a co-operative movement: Local to global.
Check back in spring 2018
10:30 - 12:00- Cultivating diversity within and beyond co-operatives: A social justice perspective
Mumtaz Derya Tarhan, University of Toronto
JoAnn Jaffe, University of Regina