Mon 2 Nov 2015 9:21AM


Publicise events of interest to Workers co-ops

Also check here: http://www.uk.coop/events


Sion Whellens (Principle Six/Calverts) Thu 11 May 2023 5:36PM


London, 19 May, solidarity event about the GKN Fabbrica occupation and conversion plan


Louise Scott Mon 1 May 2023 9:58AM

The next informal Glasgow Worker Co-ops Meet-up 

Tuesday 2 May at Mono, 5.30 - 7.30pm.

Our local Glasgow meet-up is a chance to connect with other co-ops and meet new co-op friends, bring anyone who’s interested in co-ops, share co-op news, ask for support for anything another co-op might be able to help out with  …. and it would also be great to share ideas next week about the kinds of things we would like to organise for ourselves in the worker co-op community in Glasgow. 

Suggestions so far have included: film screenings, gigs or other events; 'meet the co-op’ visits; guest talks with discussion from interesting folk; bike tours of co-operative Glasgow.

So I hope you can come along next Tuesday.

Everyone welcome.

Rough Agenda:

- Introductions

- News from world of co-ops, e.g: the new workers. coop federation update; Edinburgh meet up group update; upcoming co-op events or events of interest to co-ops; etc. Bring your news!

- Shout outs for help / information

- What we’d like to see happening for worker co-ops / co-ops in Glasgow

See you tomorrow, Tuesday 2 May, at Mono at 5.30

If you’ve never been before make this your first time!

N.B. Everyone on the Glasgow Coops Meetup group on Signal has admin status so you can invite other co-op members to the group. Any probs getting onto Signal or joining the group ask me (Louise, media co-op or Babs, Green City) or any other member and we'll add / help you.


Mark Simmonds (Co-op Culture) Tue 21 Mar 2023 9:35AM

Sociocracy in co-operatives

18th April 2023, 10am – 1pm, online


Who’s it for? This session is designed for co-op and community business advisors or organisers who want to improve their understanding of sociocracy, governance options and techniques when working with groups.

Sociocracy is an inclusive, equitable and effective way of working. It is growing in popularity, particularly among worker co-ops and multi-stakeholder co-ops.

The workshop will provide:

  • An introduction to sociocratic governance and techniques.

  • The application of these approaches in co-operatives.

  • Useful techniques for working with client groups.

Trainer: Abbie Kempson, People Support Co-op

Cost: £50


Sean Farmelo Thu 2 Mar 2023 9:23AM


Alex Bird Fri 9 Dec 2022 10:45AM

Well done for arranging this John. Unfortunately I can't attend due to a prior arrangement


Graham Fri 9 Dec 2022 11:00AM

Really helpful information Dave 😉 thank you. I've been on calls where I just get talked at, and there's only time for one or two questions at the end if that, so very useful to know that this is actually designed as a consultative exercise.


John Boyle Fri 9 Dec 2022 10:55AM

Hi Graham, that is a truism. However Preet has been briefed to speak for 10 to 15 mins and to take questions on her talk. (She will be speaking from Parliament and has promised 30 mins, but will stay on if not called to the thingy she has to go to) The second half hour will be me throwing open the meeting for comment, suggestions, even criticism of the Co-op Bill. I will be taking notes and then sharing peoples comments with the Parliamentary team. There is no detailed agenda. The link to the Co-op Bill is attached to the invite. If those attending wish I will keep the meeting open beyond the hour.


Graham Fri 9 Dec 2022 10:26AM

Knowing how much politicians like to talk, especially front bench ones, I'm wondering how much of this hour will be given over to listening and discussion? Is there detailed agenda available?


John Boyle Fri 9 Dec 2022 10:20AM

I would like to invite you to a Co-op Party event for members of Co-operatives

Meet Preet Gill Labour and Co-op MP and Shadow Secretary of State for International Development of the United Kingdom and also discuss the Co-operative Bill in Parliament

The Co-op Party is holding an hour long zoom to example Co-op activity by Preet Gill a Co-op MP, and then ask for Co-operators to inform and support a bill currently being put through Parliament to protect Co-operatives from de-mutualisation.

It may seem a contradiction that Preet will be talking about Co-operative work being done or pursued Internationally, for us then to talk about UK Co-operative legislation, But Preet is a brilliant example of how Co-operation is being promoted in Parliament. It would be great for her to hear from a sector of the UK Co-op Movement that is underrepresented , well pretty much everywhere. We can then discuss the Co-op Bill in an open forum.

Despite the unprecedented challenges on the economy and families living in the UK over the last three years, people on this group know Co-operatives have shown themselves more resilient than other types of businesses.

Yet legislation still needs to be passed to protect Co-operatives and give Co-ops a level playing field to operate on.

Current law leaves co-ops and mutuals too vulnerable to asset-stripping. Co-operative MP Sir Mark Hendrick has introduced the Co-operatives, Mutuals and Friendly Societies Bill to Parliament. This new Bill would help to protect co-operatives and mutuals by letting them opt-in to an "asset lock", so assets built up by members over generations cannot be sold off and must retain their original mutual purpose. https://party.coop/coopsbill

While there is a wait for the Bill to make its way through Parliament, the Co-op Party needs and wants your input. They would love to hear from you what you think can and should be done to support Co-operatives at least to the same level the private sector is.

The Co-op Party exists to promote co-operation in all walks of Government, with their 26 MP’s ; 11 members of the Scottish Parliament, 16 Senedd Members, 5 Metro Mayors and over 1,200 local Co-operative Councillors across the UK.

It would be great to hear from the most radical, innovative and most independent group of Co-operators, in the Co-op Movement.

Any questions you can contact me on my works email [email protected]

Any concerns about this overtly political posting you can contact me on my personal email :)

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Dec 13, 2022 06:00 PM GMT

Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


John Atherton Thu 8 Dec 2022 10:06AM

Future Co-ops, Oxford, 10-11th Feb "From crisis to co-op"

Takes place in Oxford, attended by a hole range of cooperators For more info


They also have bursary’s for people under 30 who haven’t been before.


Colm Massey Fri 25 Nov 2022 10:10AM

SEA has just launched a fundraiser. Chip in you like our work, or just want to do some guilt free, co-op supporting Christmas shopping!

We need your help! We are trying to raise some funds to maintain our work through 2023, to strengthen and build the solidarity economy as an alternative to capitalism, and play a role in building an ecologically sustainable, resilient and socially just economic system from below.

What do we need? Solidarity Economy Association (who run the cooperation in Mesopotamia project) have a shortfall of £18,000 for the first part of 2023 which we need to contribute towards the salaries of our three dedicated, part-time staff (based in England, Wales and Scotland), so we can keep running and delivering our current amazing projects and identifying new opportunities to keep building the solidarity economy.Rewards!

We also have some great rewards donated by from coops and supporters from all around the word, so you can help build the solidarity economy and find some beautiful gifts for loved ones (or yourself!).

You can find the campaign page here https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/solidarity-economy-from-below#start

Please donate what you can and share the link with your friends, family and co-workers.

No amount is too small, and we’re offering rewards for donations, from Janet Biehl, Dog Section Press, Rojava Cooperatives, Maxine Peake, the Zapatistas and many many more! 

Donate in the first week of the campaign and we’ll send your reward in time for Christmas. (Sadly we can only post physical rewards to UK addresses.)   

Thank you!

In solidarity, 

The SEA Ops Team


Irena P Mon 24 Oct 2022 1:46PM

Practitioners Forum - the co-op essentials training event in one hit - has co-op membership expert, Sue Froggatt, conducting TWO mighty sessions this year. If you're a fairly new member to Co-operatives UK (past 18 months or so) you'll qualify for bursary places too. Where else can you get essential co-op training on HR, membership, finance and governance under one roof, in one day, for the price? See more here https://www.uk.coop/events-and-training/events-calendar/practitioners-forum-2022-book-your-place


Come to the annual 'Ways Forward for the Co-op Movement' conference in a couple of weeks:

Book soon! Share ideas and learn about projects from speakers like

Join for food, social and Open Mic on Thursday evening - Open Mic slots still available and tickets can be bought separately if you just wanna hang out or can't make the daytimes, see attached flyer.

Stalls and bursaries are available and volunteers are still needed.

Stick around afterwards for the North England/North Wales regional workers.coop get together.


For anyone going to the Green Gathering this week 4-7Aug: the Radical Routes/A Commune in the North stall n the campaigns area will be running 'speed dating' networking sessions for any co-operators around


Abbie Kempson Sat 18 Jun 2022 6:33AM

Another plug for our Sociocracy in Co-ops Annual Conference on Thursday 23rd June. We're very excited to be joined by Jessica Gordon Nembhard who will be running a session on Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Justice in co-ops. Tickets and full session details here


John Atherton Wed 15 Jun 2022 2:40PM

Co-operatives UK is hosting a Youth Summit on the 11th July in Manchester. Free to attend and aimed at 16-25's looking to join a movement that empowers people and gives a voice to all. There will be a session on www.ycn.coop which SF supported as well (how to link the two initiatives together) So if your under 25 take a look.



Mark Simmonds (Co-op Culture) Mon 9 May 2022 12:56PM

I'm part of the international Sociocracy for All's Co-op Circle and we are very excited to announce SoFA’s second annual Sociocracy in Cooperatives international conference. Building on the success of last year, we look forward to welcoming you to an interactive programme of inspiring workshops. 

This year we’ll be exploring implementations in worker and multi-stakeholder co-ops, reviewing the progress made in aligning sociocracy with UK cooperative legal structures, and making space to co-design a new community of practice for co-operators implementing sociocracy in their co-ops .

Our overarching theme is Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

This conference is for everyone enthusiastic about co-ops and/or sociocracy. Please join us for an accessible introduction to, and interactive exploration of, the current and future theory and practice of sociocratic governance in cooperatives.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Book here: https://www.sociocracyforall.org/sociocracy-in-cooperatives-conference-2022/


John Atherton Wed 4 May 2022 3:18PM

Another worker co-op conference?!?

May 21st/22nd, at Wortley Hall, near Sheffield. Conference about co-ops working with trade unions



Irena P Mon 25 Apr 2022 3:36PM

Come and join the 15-min online 'Ted-type' talk from our Ideas Generator platform on Wed 27 April 3:30pm. Hear from platform co-op, We Guild, which aims to make the culture of 'chipping in for each other' as easy as buying a round of drinks (with no charity in sight). Could the tech work in your co-op? Click the link to register your interest to attend; https://www.uk.coop/events-and-training/events-calendar/co-op-connections-ideas-generator-27apr22 Idea Generator talks are about the strength of the idea rather than the speaker - they're also sent as audition tapes to TedTalks. If you have a talk idea email it to [email protected] and you might just end up on the real thing.


Abbie Kempson Thu 17 Mar 2022 9:33AM

Sociocracy in Co-operatives - second annual conference

Call for workshop proposals is live for our second annual Sociocracy in Co-operatives on-line conference. 23rd June 2022

We're looking for 45 and 90 minute sessions suitable for the following formats:

  1. Learn – introductory training sessions (interactive, practical) focusing on particular sociocratic (or complementary) tools or skills (suitable for beginners)

  2. Showcase – Adventures in Sociocracy, showcase your co-op’s implementation (suitable for any level of familiarity with sociocracy)

  3. Topic Talks – Exploring issues in sociocracy in co-ops, particularly any exploration of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (Intermediate – assumes familiarity with sociocracy and co-ops)



Irena P Fri 14 Jan 2022 9:26AM

Ideas that sparkle, spark discussion, spark interest Graham!


Graham Fri 14 Jan 2022 9:11AM

"all about the strength of the idea, not the speaker" + "two sparkling 15 minute talks" = contradiction.


Irena P Thu 13 Jan 2022 6:11PM

Our Co-op Connections Ideas Generator is happening this year. This is all about a resource, an idea, a practice you've seen or some research worth spreading among our lively co-op community. We're looking for strong but simple co-op-related ideas worth a share. It's all about the strength of the idea, and not the speaker, so if you have something up your co-op sleeve, let's hear it. Use the chat on the day to gauge its spreadability! 😀 We're looking for two SPARKLING 🌠 15-min talks with two slots available on Wed 30 Mar and 27 Apr 3:30pm. Keen to share, or want to know more, email me at [email protected]


matt wilson Thu 30 Sep 2021 4:42PM

Global Forum on Democratising Work

Guessing many people have heard about this, but just in case...



Abbie Kempson Tue 6 Jul 2021 9:20AM

People Support Co-op are hosting a series of one hour taster events online.

Please join us for:

  • An Introduction to Sociocracy, Monday 19th July 1-2pm

  • Introduction to Consent Decision Making, Monday 13th September 1-2pm

  • Introduction to Talking about Power Dynamics at Work, Monday 18th Oct 1-2pm

  • Co-creating Proposals in Groups, Monday 15th November 1-2pm

Our first session is a one-hour introduction to sociocracy. Come along to learn more about sociocratic governance and the benefits it could offer to your co-op.  We’ll cover:

  • What is sociocracy? A very brief history

  • The four main elements of sociocratic governance

  • Benefits of sociocracy - including better meetings and clearer decision making

  • How to get started

Each session costs just £30 per person (£20 low income). More details and booking info on our website: https://peoplesupport.coop/events/


Alex Bird Thu 24 Jun 2021 3:31PM

union-coops:uk are working to bring the common interests of worker co-operators and trade unionists together to create decent work.

Read our Manifesto here https://union-coops.uk/a-manifesto-for-decent-work/

Our first Conference will be on Oct 1st/2nd at Wortley Hall, itself a worker co-op, and bookings are open for day delegates or the full 24 hour package. Early bird prices finish on June 30th. Full details here https://union-coops.uk/conference-21/

We have a small number of bursary places available for individuals under 30 who are unwaged or in insecure low paid employment thanks to sponsorship from Co-operative Ways Forward. Applications for bursary places must be completed by July 31st. Apply here https://union-coops.uk/bursaries-2/


Gareth Thu 24 Jun 2021 9:08AM

CECOP Mutual Learning Session on Cooperatives' Social Impact Measurement - 14 July from 10:00 to 12:00 (Brussels time), online. Link to register

The session will be based on the toolkit that was published last year., Measuring Social Impact of Industrial and Services cooperatives in Europe 
During the session our members from Italy, Spain, and Poland will be able to share their experiences on the topic . During the discussion we will answer questions such as: What is cooperative social impact? And why is it important? Participants will also be able to learn and exchanges on the challenges and opportunities related to the use and application of measurement tools.
All members that are interested on the topic are welcome to join, as well as those members who are approaching the topic for the first time. 

Participants are welcome to contribute to the discussion. During the meeting we will provide an interactive tool to do so, and via the registration form it is already possible to ask the speakers your questions in advance.

The meeting will take place in English, but we can provide interpretation on demand. For this or any additional question, do not hesitate to email
[email protected].


Abbie Kempson Wed 9 Jun 2021 11:24AM

People Support Co-op Launch Event - Wednesday 23rd June, 1-2pm (zoom)

Register here.

Earlier this year we created a new sociocratic workers’ co-op called People Support. Our purpose is to provide a broad range of advice and support services around human relationships in the workplace and to support the co-operative movement in its role as a key player of economic and social change.

We are currently three founder member directors, all graduates of the first Barefoot Co-op and Community Business Development training programme and between us bringing 30 years of experience in the co-op sector. We are all women based in the North West of England, although we offer services nationally. We can provide hands-on support for your HR function as well as around governance and workplace culture.

We’re officially launching our services during Co-ops Fortnight and we’d like to invite you to  join us for our lunchtime event which will take place live on Zoom, 1-2pm GMT on Wednesday 23rd June. The event will provide the chance for you to hear a little more about us and for us to answer some of your HR and governance related questions.

We’re delighted to be joined by Nathan Brown and Mark Simmonds from Co-op Culture and by Kate Whittle from Cooperantics who will co-host the event with us. They will also be able to tell you a little about the Barefoot Co-op and Community Development training programme from which we recently graduated.

As a big thank you for supporting us we’re offering a 10% discount on our workshops and selected services to anyone who comes along to our launch.

To register for the event, just click here. You’ll have the option to submit a question to us when you register and if we don’t get a chance to answer it during the event, we’ll be in touch afterwards to help out. 

If you can’t make it to our launch event and you’re interested in hearing more about our services, please contact us at [email protected]


matt wilson Fri 21 May 2021 1:40PM

MAIS (Mutual Aid in Sussex) is trying to re-establish itself and has just oganised this free event on Care Coops, online on the 10th June - https://maisnetwork.net/

Come along, tell other folk ... and if any one wants to help regrow MAIS it could do with more engagement as myself and other core-members are standing down for various reasons...

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Just did our quarterly 'How to Set Up a Workers Co-op' session at the Rad Routes intro weekend. This is what we got from it :-)


Colm Massey Tue 15 Mar 2016 3:54PM

Here at the Institute for Solidarity Economics we would like to start a UK network of Solidarity Economy (SE) organisations and initiatives. We’re having an open meeting on 13th April here in Oxford to talk about the first steps. The meeting would be between 12am - 5pm at our office in the Old Music Hall, 106-108 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1JE.

The meeting is for people who are already proponents of the SE, and have a desire and the time to help shape and build the UK network. If you’d like more information on the SE or our organisation, please visit www.solidarityeconomics.org and www.socioeco.org

The kinds of questions we’d like to discuss are…

1) What already exists?
2) What would be the benefits of such a network?
3) What forms could such a network possibly take, and how should we go about building it?
4) Would having an open gathering for SE organisations later in the year help towards this goal? And if so what form would that gathering take?
5) What can you contribute to this effort?

If you are interested please email [email protected] or preferably make the conversation public at our forum, http://solidarityeconomics.org/forums/topic/initial-network-meeting-march-2016/ before the 4th April.

For clarity this Loomio group is for folk interested in influencing the Institute for Solidarity Economics, whereas the website forum linked to above is a more open platform to discuss a broader network for the whole SE movement as well as to provide feedback on our website.

In Solidarity, ISE

P.S. Please pass this invite to any individual or group you think might be interested in attending.


Sion Whellens (Principle Six/Calverts) Mon 14 Mar 2016 10:57AM

Worker Co-operative Weekend, 6-8 May 2016 in Staffordshire. Most important event in the UK worker co-o calendar - low cost, high participation, and will be making plans for SolidFund among many other things - booking at http://www.uk.coop/wcw2016


nadiya Tue 8 Mar 2016 9:45AM

Community Shares Conference - April 7 Brighton
Registration is free. Speakers include Peter Couchman and Dave Boyle. There'll also be time to network over a spot of lunch.


Sion Whellens (Principle Six/Calverts) Mon 2 Nov 2015 10:48AM

Principle Six business-gettingg and education event in London, November 19th - http://bit.ly/1RCNDTw


Workers Co-op get together in Leeds tomorrow (Tue 3rd Nov 2015) at Wharf Chambers, following the Workers Co-op Council meeting in the afternoon.

Food and gossip from 5pm