2019 Co-op IMPACT Call for Proposals
The 2019 Cooperative IMPACT Conference will take place October 2-4, 2019 at the Sheraton Pentagon City in Arlington, VA. The National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA CLUSA) is seeking proposals for conference sessions and panels through March 25th, 2019. Please read this Call for Proposals carefully before submitting. We look forward to seeing your proposals
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2019 Theme: Power in Purpose
Cooperatives are unique, purpose driven businesses that provide quality service to members and consumers, sustain communities, enterprises and individuals through locally rooted businesses, and empower economic democracy through ownership and participation.

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.

Description of the conference and audience:
IMPACT 2019 is an annual two and half-day gathering of more than 300 cooperative leaders and policy makers, including board members and managers from all cooperative sectors, cooperative developers and professional advisors, academics and policy makers.
Format and Focus
The IMPACT Conference includes plenaries and breakout sessions in various formats such as keynote, panel and interactive workshop.

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

Submission Instructions
All proposals for Co-op IMPACT 2019 must be submitted electronically via this form. Proposals are due by 11:59PM EST on March 25, 2019.

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.

Selection Criteria
To ensure full and fair consideration, proposals will be evaluated and selected by NCBA CLUSA according to criteria that include:

- 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.

Timeline
February 26, 2019 - Call for Proposals opens
March 25, 2019 - Proposals are due. All proposals must be submitted electronically in this form.
April 25, 2019: NCBA CLUSA will notify all applicants of their application status via email.
Upload a Submission File with all the information, OR fill out each question below
Session Title *
Session Description (300-500 words) *
Target Audience *
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Three Active Learning Outcomes that the attendee can expect to take away from the presentation and apply *
Session Format *
Name, Title, Organization, email and phone number for all presenters/organizers *
If a panel, contact information for each proposed panelist
Questions?
Please contact Greg Irving, NCBA CLUSA, at girving@ncba.coop or by phone at 202-383-5462. We look forward to receiving your proposal.
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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