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November 2019

Is a co-operative right for you? – Manchester

November 26 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Manchester

What will the day be about? An interactive exploration of the history and application of the co‑operative enterprise model; the many different types there are and their distinctive features and advantages relative to other models. It will: Outline the opportunities that a co‑operative business model offers community groups and businesses Help groups already looking to start a business or organisation to determine whether the co‑operative option is right for them Help groups identify what further work is needed to do…

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Universal Basic Income and Universal Basic Services: the case for radical change

November 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
London School of Economics

Hosted by the Ralph Miliband Programme What are the arguments for Universal Basic Income and for Universal Basic Services? How do they relate to each other and what might the difficulties be? Anna Coote is Principle Fellow at the New Economics Foundation. Louise Haagh is Professor in Politics at the University of York. Robin Archer is the Director of the Ralph Miliband Programme. The Ralph Miliband Programme (@rmilibandlse) is one of LSE's most prestigious lecture series and seeks to advance Ralph Miliband's spirit of free social inquiry.

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December 2019

Worker Co-ops: How to Get Started

December 7
Bristol

We live in a world of increasing inequality, exploitation, and a fixation on growth at all costs. We need new forms of business and there are a growing number of co-operatives that are owned and controlled primarily for the benefit of their workers. This workshop will be a practical journey through the stages of setting up a worker co-op, exploring the different options and decisions you’ll make along the way.

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Community Wealth Building – Newcastle

December 7 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Newcastle

Neil McInroy CEO of CLES, is facilitating the “Community Wealth Building: An Economy For All” workshops in conjunction with Stir to Action.  The workshop will be run twice, the second event takes place in Plymouth on 20 June 2020. While the UK’s local authorities are still managing an austerity programme that has led to devastating social spending cuts, and others are trying to attract inward investment into their regions, this workshop will look at the alternatives. This session will explore the practice of…

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Community Ownership: How to Get Started

December 14
Bradford/Plymouth

From pubs and farms to launderettes and lidos, communities are creating democratically controlled, viable, and sustainable businesses. According to Power To Change, there are 7,800 community enterprises in England alone, and the Community Shares Unit reports over 500 businesses established using community shares in the last 10 years. As public funding recedes and the charity sector shrinks, community enterprises provide a creative way to address local needs, with democratic control by the community at the heart of what they do.…

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January 2020

Framing: Talking about poverty

January 11, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Manchester

Using our voices to build a movement for change. JRF's and Frameworks' Institute's third Framing conference - focused on the North of England. JRF’s third conference on Framing will take place in Manchester with a specific focus on the North of England. Working with Manchester Church Action on Poverty and Greater Manchester Poverty Action this timely event ask questions such as where can you drive change in the North? How do you feed into national conversations when you want to?…

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Intro to community wealth building

January 21, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Mechanics Centre, Manchester, M1 6DD

An introduction to the fundamentals and CLES’ latest thinking around community wealth building Book your place → About this Event In this session you will be taken through the five pillars of community wealth building, what they are, what they mean in practice and what it looks like when action is taken on each pillar in a place. This session invites delegates to explore community wealth building in the current UK context and evaluates its key role in developing an…

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The power of procurement

January 23, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Mechanics Centre, Manchester, M1 6DD

An introductory action-focused session on the power of a progressive approach to procurement Book your place → About this Event In this session the specialist CLES trainer will progressive procurement talk you through the five stages of progressive procurement: policy; anchor collaboration; analysis; understanding wider impact; and making procurement accessible. The session will explore a series of real world examples of when each part of the journey has been done particularly well in place and encourage you to consider where…

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February 2020

Community Ownership: How to Get Started

February 15, 2020
Bristol

From pubs and farms to launderettes and lidos, communities are creating democratically controlled, viable, and sustainable businesses. According to Power To Change, there are 7,800 community enterprises in England alone, and the Community Shares Unit reports over 500 businesses established using community shares in the last 10 years. As public funding recedes and the charity sector shrinks, community enterprises provide a creative way to address local needs, with democratic control by the community at the heart of what they do.…

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Worker Co-ops: How to Get Started

February 22, 2020
Newcastle

We live in a world of increasing inequality, exploitation, and a fixation on growth at all costs. We need new forms of business and there are a growing number of co-operatives that are owned and controlled primarily for the benefit of their workers. This workshop will be a practical journey through the stages of setting up a worker co-op, exploring the different options and decisions you’ll make along the way.

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