What would a co-operative city look like? Attendees at the Co-operative City Conference on November 23 in Vancouver heard a variety of perspectives on that question. The successful event was sponsored by the B.C. Co-operative Association. BCCA and its executive director, John Restakis, have been promoting the co-operative city concept and its potential contribution to creating more sustainable cities as an initiative of the International Year of Co-operatives. For a discussion of the co-operative city concept, see a discussion paper by John Restakis.
Peter Couchman, CEO of the UK-based Plunkett Foundation, was a keynote speaker at the conference. An article on his talk can be found on the website of the Alberta Community and Co-operative Association (ACCA). You can listen to his talk with this recording made by SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement.
Some of our UK partners are also advancing the co-operative city concept and linking it to the earlier garden city movement. A conference was held in Letchworth, the original garden city, and included BALTA UK collaborators Pat Conaty, Robin Murray and Ed Mayo. A report on this conference will be available in the Spring.