Thursday, June 01, 2006

Co-operatives in the Pursuit of Peace

The International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) has formally recognized and encouraged the roles that co-operatives can play in ensuring more peaceful relations at local, national, and international levels. However, there has been limited research undertaken to understand how effective co-operatives have been or could be in achieving such goals. To address this gap and to open the floor for serious discussion and reflection, a workshop and conference are being planned for June 2006 in British Columbia, Canada.

Dr. Yehudah Paz, Chairperson, Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development and member of the Board of the ICA and Dr Ian MacPherson, Director of the British Columbia Institute of Co-operative Studies (BCICS) are combining efforts to organize an international gathering for the purpose of enhancing our understanding the role of co-operatives in the pursuit of peace.

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