Glasgow Update

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Glasgow is the latest city to embrace a co-operative culture as the launch of the Scottish Schools of Co-operation was launched at Eastbank Primary. Attending schools were treated to pupils explaining all about their Co-operative values and Principles work in practice (picture below) as well as a helpful pack containing lesson plans, homework and assembly ideas.

eastbank primary

Edinburgh Update

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As a follow on to Edinburgh Council’s Co-operative Capital initiative,  schools who had successfully completed level 1 and 2 Scottish School of Co-operation Charter Mark were invited to receive their plaques at an event at the City Chambers. Paul Godzik (pictured) congratulated all the young people on their successful applications and the hard work they had been involved in to achieve this.


New Enterprise Website

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CETS worked in partnership with a number of other organisations to help develop the Scottish Government’s new website, launched by Angela Constance at the Scottish learning Festival, it encourages enterprising approaches within the Scottish Curriculum. Click on Scotland’s Enterprising Schools  to find out how co-ops play an important role in Scotland’s economy and how schools are helping to drive this agenda.

Austerity: Who needs it and why don’t we focus on collecting all our tax liabilities?

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Sponsored by the Scottish Co-operative Party – the inaugural Scottish Co-operators Lecture.

An increasing number of commentators, including Will Hutton, are calling for corporations to be legally required to behave more ethically – to act in the best interests of a wider collection of stakeholders and to be accountable to them.

The Co-operative Movement has argued this case for centuries and continue to press the case for more diversity of ownership across the economy and especially in financial services.

Prof Prem Sikka (Essex Business School) has been a consistent advocate of more mutual and community focussed financial services such as credit unions. He has also frequently made the point that if more of our big businesses acted like responsible citizens and carried their fair share of the tax burden then there would be no economic argument for austerity. Prof Sikka will be expanding on these themes in Glasgow on Saturday 18th April 2015 @ 12.00pm.

If you would like to participate in this critical discussion, register at Attendance is free but limited and places will be allocated on a first come basis.

McCance Lecture Theatre
University of Strathclyde
16 Richmond Street
G1 1XQ
Saturday 18th April 2015 @ 12.00pm

The Spirit of Co-operation – Livingston Lecture

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Hugh will be speaking at an interesting (and free) event this Thursday 01 May 2014:


The Spirit of Co-operation

West Lothian College
Thursday 1 May 2014
Registration: 6.00pm
Starts: 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Hear from industry experts the case for employee ownership of enterprise. Scotland has a rich tradition in this field, both in terms of practice and research, and this event will allow local businesses and individuals to explore the potential of employee ownership in West Lothian and further afield.


Opportunity to Join the Co-op Movement

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a recent graduate to join the co-op movement. Scotland’s agricultural co-op representative organisation, SAOS, and the University of Aberdeen have created a project focusing on the feasibility of establishing  a new financial intermediary, to be owned and governed by Scotland’s farming community. As a result, they are seeking an individual to manage all aspects of the project, which is funded by a government graduate scheme. CETS and the University of Aberdeen have previously delivered a similar project through the same Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme.

Further details can be found here:

Communicating the Co-op Values

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A group of Eastbank Primary pupils, in Glasgow, have agreed to help spread the co-operative message about how important values are in who you are and what you do!

CETS have employed them after hearing all about how giving “values” a personality and purpose have helped give “power to the pupil” in monitoring and modifying their own behavior.  When asked why they thought this programme had worked, the first answer was, “because it was fun”! The “fun” is in pupils exploring for themselves what theses values mean and where they see them in not just their everyday lives, but also in art drama, RME and storytelling, then sharing this new-found knowledge with others.

Click here to see what the character values look like – I particularly like Rebecca Responsibility”

Eastbank pupils have kindly agreed to look at the co-op values ( link to V and P page)  in the same way and come up with a toolkit for schools, to help them understand where to look for and find the co-op values anywhere from the Gorbals to Ghana! The toolkit will  possibly also help pupils understand what it means to be a co-operative and also how to use these values in setting up their own co-op.

We are at the start of a very exciting project, so keep checking to see how it is doing!

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