Cardijn Community Australia invites you to a Saturday Morning at Trades
Hall for a series of snapshots of the past, present and future of the
co-operative movement in Victoria.
The workshop entitled “Economics for the 99%: Cooperatives in Victoria” will take place on Saturday 11th August 2012, from 8.30a.m. to 12.15p.m at theTrades Hall Council, Lygon Street, Melbourne.
We will hear brief reflections and commentaries from pioneer activists and present scholars of the post Second World War co-operative movement. Some cutting edge co-operative start-ups will then be showcased. Our review of contemporary co-operatives will be followed by an opportunity to put your ideas in a general discussion.
8.30 Welcome
Session 1: The Past
8.45 Stefan Gigacz “Cardijn and the Christian Co-operative Tradition”
Some perspectives from current research into Cardijn archives in Belgium and into pioneering movements in France.
9.05 Bob Maybury: “Working in the YCW Co-operative Movement”
From the 1940 to the 70s the YCW established co-operative housing societies and credit co-ops, the foundation of the Victorian Association of Credit Societies. 
9.25 Des O’Connell. “Maryknoll: Living Co-operatively”
Maryknoll, founded in the 1940s, is a Christian rural co-operative whose vision of community, the land, and small industries partially anticipated the 1970s “back to the land” counter-culture.

9.45 David Griffiths: ‘Post WW2 Co-op Movement in Victoria’
Activist and scholar, David has worked in State Government, Brotherhood of St Laurence, and the Co-operative Federation of Victoria.
10.05 Race Mathews: ‘A Strategic Perspective’
Prominent former State and Federal ALP politician, distinguished scholar of mutualism and author of ‘Jobs of Our Own’, Dr Mathews will conclude this session with his thoughts on the co-operative movement in Victoria since WW2, and the challenges and opportunities ahead.
10.30 Questions & Discussion
11.00 Tea & Coffee Break
Session 2: The Present
11.15 Dave Kerin: ‘Creating Green ‘Jobs of our Own’
The Earthworker workers’ co-operative, endorsed by the ACTU, will manufacture solar hot water units for union members and the community to aid transition to alternative employment in the LaTrobe Valley, and alternative energy
11.45 Shelley Marshall: ‘The Homeworkers Co-operative’
Shelley, a lecturer in the Department of Business Law and Taxation at Monash University, will outline this project to empower Australian clothing workers and outworkers.
Session 3: The Future
12.15 Kristen Hobby (facilitator): ‘Co-operatives Ahead’
This will be an open discussion on ideas for local community development and enterprise and building a potential network for a mutual and co-operative economy in Victoria.
12.45 Close
You are invited to join us for lunch at a nearby venue.
When: 8.30 – 12.15, Saturday 11th August 2012
Donation: $10 per head.
Contacts: Antony McMullen: 0418 223 517; David Moloney:
The presenters talks will be videoed and uploaded onto YouTube.
CCA wishes to thank Trades Hall Council for providing the venue.
CCA would like to thank the following organisations who have endorsed this event:
This is part of the Big Coop Conversation series.

More events coming up

Co-operative Enterprises: Transforming Communities and Economies

31 July

Next Gen Capitalism Forum

7 August


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