April was a busy month for us in terms of events and collaboration with other like-minded organisations.
We are always looking to work with organisations and individuals to promote the co-operative message, so if you have any ideas for future events, or new locations for events we’ve mentioned here, do reach out to us by clicking here.
We had a fantastic opportunity to screen the acclaimed documentary – ‘A Silent Transformation’ in Forsa Trade Union’s head office in Nerney’s Court, Dublin. The audience for the screening was diverse with great representation fro the trade union movement. A panel discussion was held following the screening, with speakers from Co-operative Housing Ireland (Fiona Dunkin, Policy & Communications Manager), Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance CLG (Hugh Brennan, Co-Founder and CEO) and the Dublin Food Co-op (Sam Toland, Secretary). A lively discussion on all things co-operative took place, with a focus on the practical ways by which co-operatives can be encouraged in Ireland, and the various barriers and challenges to progress that exist. We look forward to continued collaboration with the trade union movement in the promotion of the co-operative principles.
Our second April screening of ‘A Silent Transformation’ took place on April 7th in CIE Hall, Inchicore, where attendees were offered the opportunity to sample some delicious vegetarian dishes. We were delighted to collaborate with the Dublin Brewing Co-op for the first time on this event. A post-screening panel discussion was also held, with speakers including Fiona Dunkin of Co-operative Housing Ireland, Sam Toland of the Dublin Food Co-op and Donal Lyons of the Dublin Brewing Co-op. Jason Deegan, Marketing Officer with Co-operative Housing Ireland moderated the discussion.
On April 9th, we held a day-long seminar on ‘Economic Democracy & Worker Co-operatives: the case for Ireland’ in Liberty Hall Dublin, in partnership with the Society for Co-operative Studies in Ireland.
Speakers included Michael Taft, SIPTU researcher; Simel Esim Head of the Co-operatives Unit in the International Labour Organisation (ILO); Richard Higginson of the Belfast Loveworks Co-operative and Sion Whellens, Vice-President of CECOP, the European Confederation of cooperatives active in industry and services.
Key to the discussion was a focus on the ‘future of work’ debate, exploring the role that worker co-operatives can play in addressing shared needs across a range of contexts, such as youth employment, business succession and as a response to the gig-economy.
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