Cooperative researchers, experts and practitioners had submit different panel sessions.
The following list has been validated by the Scientific Committee.
Panel Session 1 - Doing research with cooperatives: what methodologies? what postures? what relationships?
Scheduled on Friday 9 July, Session F, 10:30-11:45
Description: Cooperative education was well structured and emcompassed a twofold system. It first developed within several cooperatives or cooperative federations themselves, which established schools where cooperators (men and women, the emphasis on the latter being original in the interwar period) would learn about the practice and benefits of the cooperative system, but also be introduced to its theoretical fundaments. The other branch of the cooperative education system developped out of the national education system itself in France, especially after the creation of the Central Office for Cooperation at School (Office central de coopération à l’école, OCCE) in 1928, whose main goal was to promote cooperation in theory and practice among children while establishing pupil’s cooperatives.
This global system of cooperative education (transmission of cooperative knowledge among cooperators and education to the benefits and practices of cooperation outside the cooperatives) developed in the context of a strong commitment of trade unions and socialist parties towards popular and worker’s education, the two being themselves competing systems in the interwar period.
Thus, how could cooperative education be acknowledged by the workers as a specific kind of education, promoting a unique knowledge about economics, which diverged from the one taught in the schools, colleges of education or workers’ universities led by their trade unions or the communist parties ? Did cooperative education managed to display an economic knowledge and to promote a specific economics? If so, how did the specificity of this economic model, compared to the capitalist or the communist one, became understandable to the students? Did it emerged out of unique pedagogical methods, of the contents taught, of the origin of the teachers or even out of the public taught in these schools?
All in all, was cooperative education – in its form and/or in its content – a tool to break ideological and scientific lines for the cooperative movement, and to promote a model of cooperative economics, which offers a specific economic knowledge diverging from the competing capitalist and communist economic models and ideas (even though most of their knowledge base was shared)?
Panel Session 2 - Workers cooperatives as a tool to promote labour market inclusion for disadvantaged groups
Scheduled on Wednesday 7 July, Session A, 14:30-15:45 & Session B, 16:00-17:15
Description: This panel has as a main hypothesis the fact that workers cooperatives are a suitable formula to address the challenge of the world of work regarding the labour market inclusion for disadvantaged groups. In this sense, the panel will take into consideration the pronouncements done in this regard in the ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work (2019) and the ILO Recommendation number 193, on the promotion on cooperatives, which states that cooperatives are a tool of employment policy. On the one hand, the aforementioned ILO Declaration mentions the need to create decent work opportunities for everyone and expressly refers to elderly, to equality in the workplace and to the equality of opportunity and treatment in the workplace for persons with disabilities and for other vulnerable workers. And, on the other hand, the ILO Recommendation number 193 encourages to undertake special measures that prepare cooperatives to give an answer to the needs of disadvantaged groups in order to reach their social inclusion. In particular, the aim of this panel is to corroborate the aforementioned hypothesis, by mainly analysing the Spanish case.
Panel Session 3 - Lost in transition: the cooperative solution?
Scheduled on Thursday 8 July, Session D, 15:30-16:45 & Friday 9 July, Session E, 09:00-10:15
Description: The aim is to show how cooperatives in France are becoming increasingly involved in the theme of ecological transition and, in particular, how they organise themselves into networks in this perspective, even though, until recently, their involvement in these dynamics has been rather weak. We will then put these results into perspective at the international level.
Panel Session 4 - Internal Governance of Agricultural Cooperatives
Scheduled on Thursday 8 July, Session C, 14:00-15:15 & Session D, 15:30-16:45
Description: The proposed panel brings together world renown scholars to present their prolonged experience with cooperative governance in different contexts, and discuss how facilitating the creation of a new generations of cooperative leaders help cooperatives ensure organizational health and achievement of members' goals.
Panel Session 5 - The machinery cooperatives: A singular cooperative mobilized by the farmers to manage the transitions
Scheduled on Wednesday 7 July, Session A, 14:30-15:45 & Session B, 16:00-17:15
Description: The farm machinery cooperatives, allowing farmers to share equipment and work, are particularly developed in France, and to a lesser extent in some other countries, such as Canada. Their persistence in these northern countries (for more than 70 years in France) questions, whereas farm size continuously grows, which is often viewed as a trend counteracting the need to pool means of production. Why do farmers continue to mobilize the machinery cooperatives to run their business? How do these small-scale cooperatives, characterized by their place-based nature and the mutual acquaintance of their members, cope with the diversification of social and technical modes of agriculture? How do these cooperatives allow farmers to develop innovative solutions to face the current crisis in agriculture (climatic, economic, ecological, etc.)?
After previous decades with few scientific studies on this specific cooperative, a range of recent researches aims at shedding new lights on the farm machinery cooperatives in France and Canada. We propose to present and discuss them during the ICA CCR EU 2021 to achieve a better understanding on their contribution to manage the much-needed transitions in agriculture.
Panel Session 6 - Drivers and effects of innovations and sustainability approaches in agricultural co-ops
Scheduled on Friday 9 July, Session E, 09:00-10:15
Description: This panel session will deal with innovation (organisational, technologic, etc...) in agricultural co-ops (firm and members levels) and their link with sustainable practices, standards or approaches. We will namely focus on governance effects on innovation and sustainability.
Panel Session 7 - WISEs in the cooperative form in Europe
Scheduled on Wednesday 7 July, Session A, 14:30-15:45
Description: The main questions to be addressed by each presentation are the following, according to the legislation of your country: - what is the goal of WISEs and their target groups (i.e. socio-economic integration, rehabilitation) (i.e. persons with mental health problems, ex-offenders, etc.). - what are the registration criteria and the required procedure by law (e.g. number and category of founding members/multistakeholder or not, initial capital, registration agency) - what is the governance scheme of WISEs (e.g. general assembly and management board, representation of the target group and other categories of members in the administrative bodies/general assembly, management board, supervisory board) - are there any profit distribution constraints and asset lock provisions on WISEs? - what is the monitoring and auditing mechanicm applied to WISes
Panel Session 8 - Cooperatives and Sustainable Innovation in Rural Areas
Scheduled on Wednesday 7 July, Session A, 14:30-15:45 & Friday 9 july, Session F, 10:30-11:45