Cooperative businesses are flexible and responsive. The model allows the development of new cooperatives to meet the needs of rural communities impacted by lack of investment and globalization as well as workers displaced by technology. Existing cooperatives adapt the model to meet their changing competitive landscape.
The 2019 IMPACT Conference is an opportunity for all cooperatives to discuss innovations and share best practices in governance, communications, community involvement, education and cooperation among cooperatives.
The year's programming will focus on how cooperatives contribute to individual, household, business and community sustainability and stability, two of the components of an Inclusive Economy.
We are looking for your recommendations of illustrative examples, compelling research, speakers and panels, particularly as they relate to cooperatives in the following ways:
- sustaining economic and social wealth- making decisions that prioritize long-term success over short-term profits- impacting the sustainability of communities and neighborhoods through democratic control and local ownership- communicating their role in sustaining communities, consumers, the environment and businesses with stakeholders- providing stability that allows individuals, businesses and communities to have confidence in the future and increased ability to predict outcomes of economic decisions- creating households, businesses and communities that are more resilient to shock and stress and more likely to invest in their future.- emerging trends, innovative solutions and uses of the cooperative business model
You may upload a file through this form, OR answer each question below.
If selected, participant photos, biographies, presentation titles, session descriptions and learning objectives will be made available on the IMPACT Conference website. Conference attendees will receive your presentation in PDF format through the conference website and app.
- Relevance: Directly addresses the conference theme and program focus.- Clarity: Offers clear description of the proposed session and learning objectives.- Innovation: Displays innovations or originality.- Application: Participants will be able to learn practical tools or lessons.- Format: Co-op case studies and interactive workshops will be given preferences.- Program Balance: NCBA CLUSA strives to create a balanced program covering a wide range of topics with diverse presenters.
Applicants will be notified of selection decisions no later than April 25, 2019.