The role of co-operatives in the social-ecological renewal of our economy

© John Restakis

The role of co-operatives in the social-ecological renewal of our economy

John Restakis

When economic renewal focuses on the 'circular economy', it risks being limited to reducing environmental impact through the technological redevelopment of economics and related business models. Economic renewal also involves social innovation and should, in particular, have an eye for the economy's democratic functioning. Ultimately, it is about improving the quality of life.

This lecture considers how innovations – e.g. positioning the creation of a commons (open cooperativism) and contributing to improving the economy's social quality – currently occur within the cooperative movement.

John Restakis is the director of the British Columbia Co-operative Association (Canada) and a leading researcher in the field of cooperative economies worldwide. In 2010, he published Humanizing the Economy: Co-operatives in the Age of Capital. He is currently working with Michel Bauwens and the P2P Foundation on the convergence of the commons and the cooperative movements.

After the lecture, Lieve Jacobs (co-worker at Coopburo, Cera) enters into discussion with Restakis. Stijn Neuteleers (environmental philosopher University of Louvain-la-Neuve and Oikos) moderates the audience debate.

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Organisation: Oikos, Masereelfonds and Climaxi in collaboration with Cera and STUK

 

STUK Auditorium
Mon 24 Oct 201620:00

FREE without reservation

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