Past Events

Book Launch

Gary Lewis' latest book 'The Growers' Paddy': Land, Water and Co-operation in the Australian Rice Industry to the 1990s was launched at the University of Sydney.

The Petersham Model for Co-operatives and Housing

14th Dec 2012

The topic of the seminar will be "The Petersham Model for Co-operatives and Housing" by Peter Gates (The Mercury Centre) In this seminar, Peter will look at the nature of co-operative involvement in housing. He will present an alternate approach to the use of co-operatives in the provision of housing in Australia, outlining a model for shared equity housing using a co-operative structure where ownership of the residences is by the co-operative, along with some research questions that it raises.

Peter is a co-operative practitioner who has been involved for over 25 years in co-operative development. As CEO of The Mercury Centre, he works with groups building collaborative enterprises, people working together for a common goal, assisting them in areas such as concept development; enterprise definition and creation; strategic and business planning; goal setting and situational analysis; governance reviews and renewal; and constitution/rules development.

Launch of Gary Lewis's new book

14th Dec 2012

Launch (in co-operation with the Business and Labour History Group) on the Co-operative Research Group's website of Gary Lewis's new book entitled 'Land Water and Co-operation in the Australian Rice Industry to the 1990s'.

International Year of Co-operatives National Conference

24 - 25 October 2012 , Port Macquarie NSW

Your future in Business, Produce and Community is the premier event in the 2012 IYC calendar incorporating "Your future in Business, Produce and Community" program, national Trade Showcase, the 2012 Co-operative Leadership Awards, IYC Youth Summit and the launch of the IYC 2012 Commemorative Year Book.

UN International Year of the Co-operative Conference

8 - 9 November 2012, Perth Western Australia

Co-operatives in the fourth sector: The role of member-owned businesses in the global economy.

Co-operatives, Energy and Sustainability - Co-operatives Research Group Symposium

Monday 3 September 2012
The Women's College, The University of Sydney

This symposium explores the role that co-operatives can play in energy generation and ensuring sustainability. The keynote speaker is Pier Angelo Mori, who is a Professor of Economics at the University of Florence and leading expert on power co-operatives. There will be a number of issues discussed including current technology and the applicability of the co-operative model to energy generation, particularly at a community Level. There will be a presentation on Australia's first energy sector co-operative and also a view from the non-coop energy private sector.

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International Co-operative Research Conference

21 - 23 June 2012

Building a Better World: The Role of Cooperatives and Mutuals in Economy and Society, organised by the New Zealand Association for the Study of Cooperatives and Mutuals.