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Conventus-verkefnið og ,,hið lærða samvinnufélagsform” Cooperative knowledge transfer through the Conventus-project. Dr Sigrún Lilja Einarsdóttir Lektor / Assistant professor Bifröst University. Aims of the project.

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Conventus-verkefnið og ,,hið lærða samvinnufélagsform”Cooperative knowledge transfer through the Conventus-project

Dr Sigrún Lilja Einarsdóttir

Lektor / Assistant professor

Bifröst University

Aims of the project
Aims of the project samvinnufélagsform”

  • To create greater understanding and knowledge of the situation of cooperatives in Europe among cooperators themselves

  • To strengthen cooperator’s self-esteem, cooperative identity and entrepreneurial skills

  • To collect and create learning modules for cooperatives, cooperators, members, managers and employees of cooperatives

  • Partners:

    • Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Science, Finland

    • CoompanionCooperative Development Agency of Skaraborg, Sweden

    • FederazioneTrentinadellaCooperazione, Italy

    • National Cooperative Council, Poland

    • Centre for Retail Studies, BifröstUniversity, Iceland

    • Osuustoiminnan Kehittäjät - CoopFinland

Iceland s involvement why
Iceland’s involvement – why? samvinnufélagsform”

  • Negative general attitudes

    • Associated with the collapse of the cooperative movement in the 1990s

    • Negative political debate, corruption

  • Little knowledge on the cooperative form and its possibilities

  • Around 31 registered cooperatives in Iceland

  • No existing up-to-date learning materials or modules for cooperatives

  • Cooperative legislation needs to be updated

5 modules of cooperative learning
5 Modules of cooperative learning samvinnufélagsform”

  • History, ideology and status of the cooperative movement

    • What is a cooperative?

    • The cooperative principles

    • Different forms of cooperatives

  • Being a cooperative member

    • Active, cooperative membership

    • What do cooperative principles say about membership

  • Establishing a new cooperative

    • How to start a cooperative

    • Creating a cooperative business plan

  • Managing a cooperative

  • Training and development of existing cooperatives

How do the cooperative principles apply in the contemporary nordic society
How do the cooperative principles apply in the contemporary Nordic society?

  • Voluntary and open membership

    • Cooperatives are open to all who want to become members

    • Little investment, possible for all

  • Democratic member control

    • One member, one vote

    • Less risk-taking

  • Member economic participation

    • Profit used for further development of the cooperative

    • Members get a fair share in the profit (discounts and other offers)

  • Autonomy and independence

    • Cooperatives are controlled by their members and not subject to hostile takeovers

  • Education, training and information

    • To strengthen the cooperative identity and emphasize the awareness and meaning of the cooperative values and principles

  • Cooperation among cooperatives

    • Instead of competition, cooperation is the key

  • Concern for community

    • Increased awareness on sustainable development and social responsibility

The cooperative form why
The cooperative form - why? Nordic society?

  • Public anger and frustration towards big, private enterprises in the aftermath of the 2008 economic recession

  • Corruption, lobbyism and political involvement of finance owners and enterprises

  • Call for democracy, fairness, sustainable development and increased social responsibility

  • Cooperatives fared better during and after the recession due to low risk-taking (Fici / Euricse, 2011)

  • Cooperatives are relevant today

Next steps
Next steps Nordic society?

  • Informed, public debate on the cooperative form

    • Deal with the past, but do not dwell on it

    • Focus on future potentials

  • Increased public awareness on the potentials of the cooperative form

  • Support future cooperators and entrepreneurs

  • The government should, with an open mind, look into how the cooperative form can best be used in public service