The Global Innovation Cooperative Summit took place in Paris, on the premises of La Fédération Nationale du Crédit Agricole, from September 26 – 27, 2022. This was our first in-person event, after the pandemic halted our plans in 2020. However, keeping true to our mission, we hosted four 90-minute online summits, attended by for a total of 3000 participants from 90 countries. This therefore demonstrates the appetite of cooperatives and mutuals for such an international event.
The year 2022 offered us the opportunity to tackle the major theme: New Times – New Challenges and we brought together 55 panellists, speakers, and facilitators representing all sectors from 15 countries, online and in-person.
Over 150 participants gathered in Paris, and over 30 online. They were from Canada, Brazil, Brussels, United States of America, United Kingdom, Denmark, Iran, Finland, France, India, Japan, Portugal, Spain, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Republic of Korea.
Each panel included less experienced young leaders with big ideas with more experienced cooperative leaders who have an impact on emerging global issues. Interesting exchanges and discussions emerged, and everyone loved it!
From this interesting mix of age and gender, 14 panelists contributed their expertise on innovation to major transitions in the areas of society, energy or environmental, digital, generational and leadership.
We know that cooperatives include in the use of digital platforms in their operational and business strategy. Even if they are still quite new platforms are there to stay as a new entrepreneurial way of doing business and can help to better understand members’ needs.
As an example, Smart’s platform shares members’ resources and entrepreneurial risks to provide to each of them with sustainable working conditions. However, there is not a single business model to run platforms.
At the Cocktail Dinner hosted by Coop FR (the national gathering organization of French cooperative enterprises), the atmosphere was exciting, full of conversation, and there were many exchanges of innovative ideas.
Together we can really make a difference. Our next event will take place in Montreal on September 27th – 29th, 2023, at the premises of HEC Montréal with the collaboration of the International Institute of Cooperatives Alphonse-et-Dorimène-Desjardins with the support of Canadian cooperative movement gathered in Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada.
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